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World Musics in Context : A Comprehensive Survey of the World's Major Musical Cultures

Fletcher, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0198166362 / ISBN 13: 9780198166368
Published by Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2001
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Title: World Musics in Context : A Comprehensive ...

Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: hardback

Book Condition:Mint

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This volume contains a wide-ranging survey of musics of the world in historical and social contexts, from ancient times to the present day. It begins by describing aspects of musical style and function in relation to the early developments of civilizations, as background to a study of later transformations. It then describes, in some detail, musical traditions of Africa and Asia, in relation to history/geography and to other aspects of culture. A compendium of information currently available as well as a dialectical examination of musical causation and function, this book aims to lead students, teachers, and those who practice Western music towards a deeper understanding of the various musical traditions that contribute to the modern, multicultural environment.

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Fletcher has held the posts of Professor and Head of Muisc at Dalhousie University, Canada, and Principal of the Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, Wales. Has been visiting Fellow of Hong Kong University and during the academic year 1992-3 was Dean of Music at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.

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