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This dynamic book takes readers on a vivid exploration into the major musical cultures of the world by first presenting a lively vignette of a musical occasion, and then placing that occasion in the context of a general description of the society and musical culture. KEY TOPICS The book divides the world into ten major culture areas—and devotes a chapter to each, exploring the musical cultures of such fascinating lands as India, the Middle East, Indonesia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America. The presentation features a synthetic treatment of musical life and ideas about music, musical style, music history, and musical instruments; briefly describes additional musical genres or contexts; and considers recent developments. For individuals interested in the music of the world.
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What would it be like to join in a rural town fiesta in the Peruvian Andes? Or a performance of traditional Japanese music in Tokyo? Or an intimate living room performance of Persian music in Tehran?
This introductory text offers readers a glimpse into the major musical traditions of the world by first presenting a lively vignette of a musical performance, followed by a general description of the society and its music. Each chapter features a specific area of the world, and is written in friendly nontechnical language by a scholar who is a specialist in that region.
Excursions in World Music, 4/e gives students a concrete grasp of the rich diversity of the world's music by highlighting the most important social and musical aspects for each culture. The opening chapter provides an introduction to ethnomusicology and the study of world music by Bruno Nettl, one of the leading scholars in the field.Topics include:
Bruno Nettl studied at Indiana University, has taught at the University of Illinois since 1964 and has done fieldwork in Iran (where he studied the Persian setar), among the Blackfoot people of Montana, and in South India, and is the author of The Study of Ethnomusicology, Blackfoot Musical Thought: Comparative Perspectives, and Heartland Excursions: Ethnomusicological Reflections on Schools of Music.
Charles Capwell, a Harvard Ph.D., did field research among the Bauls of Bengal, India, and in Calcutta (where he also studied sarod), and he has studied Muslim popular music in Indonesia. He is the author of Music of the Bauls of Bengal and of numerous articles on aspects of South Asian musical culture, and has been on the faculty of the University of Illinois since 1976, where he also supervises the gamelan program.
Isabel Wong studied at Brown University and teaches Chinese and other East Asian musics at the University of Illinois. She has done research on a large variety of music of her native China, including music drama, urban popular music, politics and music, and the history of musical scholarship in Chinese culture. More recently she has devoted herself also to the study of Chinese-American musical culture.
Thomas Turino studied at the University of Texas and has taught at the University of Illinois since 1987. He is the author of Moving Away from Silence and Nationalists, Cosmopolitans, and Popular Music in Zimbabwe. In 1992-93 he lived for a year in Zimbabwe, where he did research on village music and musical nationalism. He is an expert performer on the African Mbira and founder of the Peruvian panpipe ensemble at Illinois.
Philip Bohlman studied at the University of Illnois and has been, since 1987, at the University of Chicago. He has done fieldwork in ethnic communities in Wisconsin, Chicago, and Pittsburgh, as well as Israel, Germany, and Austria, He is the author of The Land Where Two Streams Flow, The Study of Folk Music in the Modern World, and World Music: A Very Short Introduction. He is the Artistic Director of The New Budapest Orpheum Society, a Jewish cabaret ensemble at the University of Chicago.
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