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The Indispensable Harp : Historical Development, Modern Roles, Configurations, and Performance Practices in Ecuador and Latin America

Schechter, John Mendell

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ISBN 10: 0873384393 / ISBN 13: 9780873384391
Published by Kent State University Press, Kent, Ohio, 1992
Condition: Very Fine Hardcover
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Octavo in brown cloth with gilt titles on spine and cover; illus.; 288 pp., 24 cm. Includes a 1992 autographed signed letter from Schechter to Professor Gerard Behague of the Department of Music at UT, Austin. It is also inscribed to Prof. Behague on the title page. Very Fine copy. Cloth is clean and free of fraying; board are free of bumps; pages are crips, clean, bright and free of marks and creases; binding is tight and square. Like new. Bookseller Inventory # 84524

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Title: The Indispensable Harp : Historical ...

Publisher: Kent State University Press, Kent, Ohio

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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A musical instrument that has played a vital role in Latin American music cultures―the harp―is the subject of this new work, the first study of its kind to be published in English. John Schechter presents a history of the harp in Spain, traces its introduction into colonial Latin America, and describes its modern roles in the diverse cultural centers of Mexico, Paraguay-Argentina-chile, Venezuela, and Peru. He then turns his focus to his own field research in the Quichua culture of northern highland Ecuador, an area that has receive considerably less scholarly attention than many of its Latin American neighbors. The reader will meet a community of harp maistrus on the slopes of Mt. Cotacachi and become familiar with their culture, their particular instrument and its tuning, and their performance practices. Numerous photographs, musical transcriptions, and diagrams illustrate and enliven the text. The Indispensable Harp is unique for its integration of aspects of music and cultural history, organology, and performance practice, treating in considerable depth both broadly established music-ethnographical practices. It speaks to the conclusion that the vital role of the harp in Latin American music history has now been properly acknowledged and documented.

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