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Studies on a Global History of Music: A Balzan Musicology Project

Studies on a Global History of Music: A Balzan Musicology Project

Forthcoming

Reinhard Strohm
March 22, 2018

The idea of a global history of music may be traced back to the Enlightenment, and today, the question of a conceptual framework for a history of music that pays due attention to global relationships in music is often raised. But how might a historical interpretation of those relationships proceed?...

Turkic Soundscapes: From Shamanic Voices to Hip-Hop

Turkic Soundscapes: From Shamanic Voices to Hip-Hop

Forthcoming

Megan Rancier, Razia Sultanova
January 25, 2018

The Turkic soundscape is both geographically huge and culturally diverse (twenty-eight countries, republics and districts extending from Eastern Europe through the Caucasus and throughout Central Asia). Although the Turkic peoples of the world can trace their linguistic and genetic ancestries to...

Singing the Gospel along Scotland’s North-East Coast, 1859–2009

Singing the Gospel along Scotland’s North-East Coast, 1859–2009

Forthcoming

Frances Wilkins
January 19, 2018

Following three years of ethnomusicological fieldwork on the sacred singing traditions of evangelical Christians in North-East Scotland and Northern Isles coastal communities, Frances Wilkins documents and analyses current singing practices in this book by placing them historically and...

Theory and Practice in the Music of the Islamic World: Essays in Honour of Owen Wright

Theory and Practice in the Music of the Islamic World: Essays in Honour of Owen Wright

Forthcoming

Rachel Harris, Martin Stokes
November 13, 2017

This volume of original essays is dedicated to Owen Wright in recognition of his formative contribution to the study of music in the Islamic Middle East. Wright’s work, which comprises, at the time of writing, six field-defining volumes and countless articles, has reconfigured the relationship...

Indigenous Religious Musics

Indigenous Religious Musics

Graham Harvey, Karen Ralls-MacLeod
September 30, 2017

Celebrating the diversity of indigenous nations, cultures and religions, the essays which comprise this volume discuss the musics performed by a wide variety of peoples as an integral part of their cultural traditions. These include examinations of the various styles of Maori, Inuit and Australian...

India's Kathak Dance in Historical Perspective

India's Kathak Dance in Historical Perspective

Margaret E. Walker
July 13, 2017

Kathak, the classical dance of North India, combines virtuosic footwork and dazzling spins with subtle pantomime and soft gestures. As a global practice and one of India's cultural markers, kathak dance is often presented as heir to an ancient Hindu devotional tradition in which men called Kathakas...

Soundscapes from the Americas: Ethnomusicological Essays on the Power, Poetics, and Ontology of Performance

Soundscapes from the Americas: Ethnomusicological Essays on the Power, Poetics, and Ontology of Performance

Donna A. Buchanan
June 30, 2017

Dedicated to the late Gerard Béhague (1937-2005), whose pioneering work in Latin American music, popular culture, and performance studies contributed extensively to ethnomusicological discourse in the 1970s-1990s, this anthology offers comparative perspectives on the evolving legacy of performance...

Ritual and Music of North China: Volume 2: Shaanbei

Ritual and Music of North China: Volume 2: Shaanbei

Stephen Jones
June 14, 2017

This second volume of Stephen Jones' work on ritual and musical life in north China, again with an accompanying DVD, gives an impression of music-making in daily life in the poor mountainous region of Shaanbei, northwest China. It conveys some of the diverse musical activities there around 2000,...

Ritual and Music of North China: Shawm Bands in Shanxi

Ritual and Music of North China: Shawm Bands in Shanxi

Stephen Jones
June 14, 2017

The rich local traditions of musical life in rural China are still little known. Music-making in village society is largely ceremonial, and shawm bands account for a significant part of such music. This is the first major ethnographic study of Chinese shawm bands in their ceremonial and social...

Dancing with Devtas: Drums, Power and Possession in the Music of Garhwal, North India

Dancing with Devtas: Drums, Power and Possession in the Music of Garhwal, North India

Andrew Alter
June 14, 2017

In the Central Himalayan region of Garhwal, the gods (devtas) enjoy dancing. Musicians - whether ritual specialists or musical specialists - are therefore an indispensable part of most entertainment and religious events. In shamanistic ceremonies, their incantations, songs and drumming 'make' the...

Beyond 'Innocence': Amis Aboriginal Song in Taiwan as an Ecosystem

Beyond 'Innocence': Amis Aboriginal Song in Taiwan as an Ecosystem

Shzr Ee Tan
June 13, 2017

Taiwan aboriginal song has received extensive media coverage since the launch and settlement of a copyright lawsuit following pop group Enigma's allegedly unauthorized use of Amis voices in the 1996 Olympics hit, Return To Innocence. Taking as her starting point the ripple effects of this case,...

The Music of Malaysia: The Classical, Folk and Syncretic Traditions

The Music of Malaysia: The Classical, Folk and Syncretic Traditions

Patricia Matusky, Tan Sooi Beng
May 10, 2017

The Music of Malaysia, first published in Malay in 1997 and followed by an English edition in 2004 is still the only history, appreciation and analysis of Malaysian music in its many and varied forms available in English. The book categorizes the types of music genres found in Malaysian society and...

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