The Ethnomusicology of Western Art Music

Author: Laudan Nooshin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317325532

Category: Music

Page: 192

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Since the late 1980s, the boundaries between the ‘musicologies’ have become increasingly blurred. Most notably, a growing number of musicologists have become interested in the ideas and methodologies of ethnomusicology, and in particular, in applying one of the central methodological tools of ethnomusicology – ethnography – to the study of Western ‘art’ music, a tradition which had previously been studied primarily through scores, recordings and other historical sources. Alongside this, since the 1970s a small number of ethnomusicologists have also written about Western art music, thus complicating the idea of ethnomusicology as the study of ‘other’ music. Indeed, there has been a growth in this area of scholarship in recent years. Approaching western art music through the perspectives of ethnomusicology can offer new and enriching insights to the study of this musical tradition, as shown in the writings presented in this book. The current volume is the first collection of essays on this topic and includes work by authors from a range of musicological and ethnomusicological backgrounds, exploring a variety of issues including music in orchestral outreach programmes, new audiences for classical music concerts, music and conflict transformation, ethnographic study of the rehearsal process, and the politics of a high-profile music festival. This book was originally published as a special issue of Ethnomusicology Forum.
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Iranian Classical Music

The Discourses and Practice of Creativity

Author: Laudan Nooshin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351926233

Category: Music

Page: 256

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Questions of creativity, and particularly the processes which underlie creative performance or ’improvisation’, form some of the central areas of interest in current musicology. Yet the predominant discourses on which musicological thought in this area are based have rarely been challenged. In this book Laudan Nooshin interrogates musicological discourses of creativity from the perspective of critical theory and postcolonial studies, examining their ideological underpinnings, the relationships of alterity which they sustain, and the profound implications for our understanding of creative processes in music. The repertoire which forms the book’s main focus is Iranian classical music, a tradition in which the performer plays a central creative role. Addressing a number of issues regarding the nature of musical creativity, the author explores both the discourses through which ideas about creativity are constructed, exchanged and negotiated within this tradition, and the practice by which new music comes into being. For the latter she compares a number of performances by musicians playing a range of instruments and spanning a period of more than 30 years, focusing on one particular section of repertoire, dastgāh Segāh, and providing transcriptions of the performances as the basis for analytical exploration of the music’s underlying compositional principles. This book is about understanding musical creativity as a meaningful social practice. It is the first to examine the ways in which ideas about tradition, authenticity, innovation and modernity in Iranian classical music form part of a wider social discourse on creativity, and in particular how they inform debates regarding national and cultural identity.
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Heartland Excursions

Ethnomusicological Reflections on Schools of Music

Author: Bruno Nettl

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252064685

Category: Music

Page: 170

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One of the ethnomusicologists takes the reader along for a tour of his workplace.
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The Musical Human

Rethinking John Blacking's Ethnomusicology in the Twenty-first Century

Author: Suzel Ana Reily

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754651383

Category: Music

Page: 220

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The musical human: without a doubt, this vision of the human species as naturally musical has become the most enduring legacy John Blacking bequeathed to ethnomusicology. The contributions in this volume have been written by people who worked closely with or have been inspired by John Blacking. Each essay draws upon distinct aspects of Blacking's writings but complements them with quite different sets of sources. This volume provides fresh assessments of Blacking's work, taking up his challenge to push the boundaries of ethnomusicology into new territories.
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Nettl's Elephant

Author: Bruno Nettl

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252090233

Category: Music

Page: 288

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From one of the most lauded scholars in ethnomusicology comes this enlightening and highly personal narrative on the evolution and current state of the field of ethnomusicology. Surveying the field he helped establish, Bruno Nettl investigates how concepts such as evolution, geography, and history serve as catalysts for advancing ethnomusicological methods and perspectives. This entertaining collection covers Nettl's scholarly interests ranging from Native American to Mediterranean to Middle Eastern contexts while laying out the pivotal moments of the field and conversations with the giants of its past. Nettl moves from reflections on the history of ethnomusicology to evaluations of the principal organizations in the field, interspersing those broader discussions with shorter essays focusing on neglected literature and personal experiences.
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Disciplining Music

Musicology and Its Canons

Author: Katherine Bergeron

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226043685

Category: Music

Page: 220

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Provocative and timely, Disciplining Music confronts a topic that has sparked considerable debate in recent years: how do musicians and music scholars "discipline" music in their efforts to confer order and meaning on it? This collection of essays addresses this issue by formulating questions about music's canons—rules that measure and order, negotiate cultural constraints, reconstruct the past, and shape the future. Written by scholars representing the fields of historical musicology, ethnomusicology, and music theory, many of the essays tug and push at the very boundaries of these traditional division within the study of music. "Fortunately, in a blaze of good-humored . . . scholarship, [this] book helps brains unaccustomed to thinking about the future without jeopardizing the past imagine the wonder classical-music life might become if it embraced all people and all musics."—Laurence Vittes, Los Angeles Reader "These essays will force us to rethink our position on many issues. . . [and] advance musicology into the twenty-first century."—Giulio Ongaro, American Music Teacher With essays by Katherine Bergeron, Philip V. Bohlman, Richard Cohn and Douglas Dempster, Philip Gossett, Robert P. Morgan, Bruno Nettl, Don Michael Randel, Ruth A. Solie, and Gary Tomlinson.
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The End of Early Music

A Period Performer's History of Music for the Twenty-First Century

Author: Bruce Haynes

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199885125

Category: Music

Page: 304

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Part history, part explanation of early music, this book also plays devil's advocate, criticizing current practices and urging experimentation. Haynes, a veteran of the movement, describes a vision of the future that involves improvisation, rhetorical expression, and composition.
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The Study of Ethnomusicology

Thirty-one Issues and Concepts

Author: Bruno Nettl

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 025209199X

Category: Music

Page: 528

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The first edition of this book, The Study of Ethnomusicology: Twenty-Nine Issues and Concepts, has become a classic in the field. This revised edition, written twenty-two years after the original, continues the tradition of providing engagingly written analysis that offers the most comprehensive discussion of the field available anywhere. This book looks at the field of ethnomusicology--defined as the study of the world's musics from a comparative perspective, and the study of all music from an anthropological perspective--as a field of research. Nettl selects thirty-one concepts and issues that have been the subjects of continuing debate by ethnomusicologists, and he adds four entirely new chapters and thoroughly updates the text to reflect new developments and concerns in the field. Each chapter looks at its subject historically and goes on to make its points with case studies, many taken from Nettl's own field experience. Drawing extensively on his field research in the Middle East, Western urban settings, and North American Indian societies, as well as on a critical survey of the available literature, Nettl advances our understanding of both the diversity and universality of the world's music. This revised edition's four new chapters deal with the doing and writing of musical ethnography, the scholarly study of instruments, aspects of women's music and women in music, and the ethnomusicologist's study of his or her own culture.
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Music, Culture, and Experience

Selected Papers of John Blacking

Author: John Blacking,Reginald Byron,Bruno Nettl

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226088308

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 269

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One of the most important ethnomusicologists of the century, John Blacking achieved international recognition for his book, How Musical Is Man? Known for his interest in the relationship of music to biology, psychology, dance, and politics, Blacking was deeply committed to the idea that music-making is a fundamental and universal attribute of the human species. He attempted to document the ways in which music-making expresses the human condition, how it transcends social divisions, and how it can be used to improve the quality of human life. This volume brings together in one convenient source eight of Blacking's most important theoretical papers along with an extensive introduction by the editor. Drawing heavily on his fieldwork among the Venda people of South Africa, these essays reveal his most important theoretical themes such as the innateness of musical ability, the properties of music as a symbolic or quasi-linguistic system, the complex relation between music and social institutions, and the relation between scientific musical analysis and cultural understanding.
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Locating East Asia in Western Art Music

Author: Yayoi Uno Everett,Frederick Lau

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 9780819566621

Category: Music

Page: 321

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How does a piece of music embody the sound of a different culture?
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Ethnomusicology

History, Definitions, and Scope: A Core Collection of Scholarly Articles

Author: Kay Kaufman Shelemay

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136509720

Category: Music

Page: 352

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First Published in 1992. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Ethnomusicological Encounters with Music and Musicians

Essays in Honor of Robert Garfias

Author: Timothy Rice

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409434028

Category: Music

Page: 342

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This volume explores the originating encounter in field work of ethnomusicologists with the musicians and musical traditions they study. The contributors provide case studies from nearly every corner of the world, including biographies of important musicians from the Philippines, Turkey, Lapland, and Korea; interviews with, and reports of learning from, musicians from Ireland, Bulgaria, Burma, and India; and analyses of how traditional musicians adapt to the encounter with modernity in Japan, India, China, Turkey, Afghanistan, Morocco, and the United States.
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Music librarianship in America

Author: Richard Frederic French,Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Music librarianship

Page: 144

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Acoustic Interculturalism

Listening to Performance

Author: Marcus Cheng Chye Tan

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137016957

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 259

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Acoustic Interculturalism is a study of the soundscapes of intercultural performance through the examination of sound's performativity. Employing an interdisciplinary approach, the book examines an akoumenological reception of sound to postulate the need for an acoustic knowing – an awareness of how sound shapes the intercultural experience.
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The Quilting Points of Musical Modernism

Revolution, Reaction, and William Walton

Author: J. P. E. Harper-Scott

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139560247

Category: Music

Page: N.A

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Modernism is both a contested aesthetic category and a powerful political statement. Modernist music was condemned as degenerate by the Nazis and forcibly replaced by socialist realism under the Soviets. Sympathetic philosophers and critics have interpreted it as a vital intellectual defence against totalitarianism, yet some American critics consider it elitist, undemocratic and even unnatural. Drawing extensively on the philosophy of Heidegger and Badiou, The Quilting Points of Musical Modernism proposes a new dialectical theory of faithful, reactive and obscure subjective responses to musical modernism, which embraces all the music of Western modernity. This systematic definition of musical modernism introduces readers to theory by Badiou, Žižek and Agamben. Basing his analyses on the music of William Walton, Harper-Scott explores connections between the revolutionary politics of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and responses to the event of modernism in order to challenge accepted narratives of music history in the twentieth century.
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ACMR Reports

Journal of the Association for Chinese Music Research

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Music

Page: N.A

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California Soul

Music of African Americans in the West

Author: Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje,Eddie S. Meadows

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520206281

Category: Music

Page: 507

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"Documented with great care and affection, this book is filled with revelations about the intermingling of peoples, styles of music, business interests, night-life pleasures, and the strange ways lived experience shaped black music as America's music in California." —Charles Keil, co-author of Music Grooves
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Concert Music, Rock, and Jazz Since 1945

Essays and Analytical Studies

Author: Richard Hermann

Publisher: University Rochester Press

ISBN: 9781580460965

Category: Music

Page: 449

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Interdisciplinary articles bridge the gulf between classical and popular music.
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Grainger the Modernist

Author: Suzanne Robinson,Kay Dreyfus

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1472420241

Category: Music

Page: 286

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Unaccountably, Percy Grainger has remained on the margins of both American music history and twentieth-century modernism. This volume reveals the well-known composer of popular gems to be a self-described ‘hyper-modernist’ who composed works of uncompromising dissonance, challenged the conventions of folk song collection and adaptation, re-visioned the modern orchestra, experimented with ‘ego-less’ composition and designed electronic machines intended to supersede human application. Grainger was far from being a self-sufficient maverick working in isolation. Through contact with innovators such as Ferrucio Busoni, Léon Theremin and Henry Cowell; promotion of the music of modern French and Spanish schools; appreciation of vernacular, jazz and folk musics; as well as with the study and transcription of non-Western music; he contested received ideas and proposed many radical new approaches. By reappraising Grainger’s social and historical connectedness and exploring the variety of aspects of modernity seen in his activities in the British, American and Australian contexts, the authors create a profile of a composer, propagandist and visionary whose modernist aesthetic paralleled that of the most advanced composers of his day, and, in some cases, anticipated their practical experiments.
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