Music and Mourning

1st Edition

Jane W. Davidson, Sandra Garrido

Published May 18, 2016
Reference - 132 Pages - 13 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781472458797 - CAT# Y256350
Series: Music and Change: Ecological Perspectives


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While grief is suffered in all cultures, it is expressed differently all over the world in accordance with local customs and beliefs. Music has been associated with the healing of grief for many centuries, with Homer prescribing music as an antidote to sorrow as early as the 7th Century BC. The changing role of music in expressions of grief and mourning throughout history and in different cultures reflects the changing attitudes of society towards life and death itself. This volume investigates the role of music in mourning rituals across time and culture, discussing the subject from the multiple perspectives of music history, music psychology, ethnomusicology and music therapy.

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