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Music Theory in the Safavid Era: The taqsīm al-naġamāt

Music Theory in the Safavid Era: The taqsīm al-naġamāt

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Owen Wright
October 17, 2018

The Safavid era (1501–1722) is one of the most important in the history of Persian culture, celebrated especially for its architecture and art, including miniature paintings that frequently represent singers and instrumentalists. Their presence reflects a sophisticated tradition of music making...

Music as Heritage: Historical and Ethnographic Perspectives

Music as Heritage: Historical and Ethnographic Perspectives

1st Edition

Barley Norton, Naomi Matsumoto
August 02, 2018

As economic, technological and cultural change gathers pace across the world, issues of music heritage and sustainability have become ever more pressing. Discourse on intangible cultural heritage has developed in complex ways in recent years, and musical practices have been transformed by...

Arnold Bake: A Life with South Asian Music

Arnold Bake: A Life with South Asian Music

1st Edition

Bob Van Der Linden
July 30, 2018

Arnold Bake (1899–1963) was a Dutch pioneer in South Asian ethnomusicology, whose research impressed not only the most renowned Indologists of his time but also the leading figures in the emerging field of ethnomusicology. This long overdue biography sheds light on his knowledge of the theory and...

Becoming a Garamut Player in Baluan, Papua New Guinea: Musical Analysis as a Pathway to Learning

Becoming a Garamut Player in Baluan, Papua New Guinea: Musical Analysis as a Pathway to Learning

1st Edition

Tony Lewis
April 20, 2018

The garamut is a log idiophone that is found in many of the coastal and island areas of Papua New Guinea. The instrument’s primary use is as a speech surrogate and in some regions the garamut is also used in large ensembles to play complex music for dancing. In Baluan Island, within the Manus...

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

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

1st Edition

Reinhard Strohm
March 13, 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?...

Iranian Classical Music: The Discourses and Practice of Creativity

Iranian Classical Music: The Discourses and Practice of Creativity

1st Edition

Laudan Nooshin
February 12, 2018

Questions of creativity, and particularly the processes which underlie creative performance or ’improvisation’, form some of the central areas of interest in current musicology. Yet the predominant discourses on which musicological thought in this area are based have rarely been challenged. In this...

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

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

1st Edition

Frances Wilkins
January 29, 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...

Turkic Soundscapes: From Shamanic Voices to Hip-Hop

Turkic Soundscapes: From Shamanic Voices to Hip-Hop

1st Edition

Razia Sultanova, Megan Rancier
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...

Indigenous Religious Musics

Indigenous Religious Musics

1st Edition

Graham Harvey, Karen Ralls-MacLeod
November 24, 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...

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

1st Edition

Rachel Harris, Martin Stokes
November 20, 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...

India's Kathak Dance in Historical Perspective

India's Kathak Dance in Historical Perspective

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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...

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