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For undergraduate courses in World Music and Introductory Ethnomusicology, and for use as a supplementary text in general Music Appreciation courses. This dynamic introductory text takes students on a vivid exploration into the major musical cultures of the world by first presenting a lively vignette of a musical occasion, and then placing that occasion in the context of a general description of the society and musical culture.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Studying Musics of the World's Cultures, Bruno Nettl. Our Purpose: Presenting the World of Music. Notes on The Marriage of Figaro. Certain Basic Assumptions. Universals of Music. Musical Change, Transmission, and History. Musical Instruments. Why Do Different Cultures Have Different Kinds of Music. The Field of Ethnomusicology. 2. The Music of India, Charles Capwell. Attending a Music Conference in Calcutta. Roots. The Karnatak Recital and Types of Pieces. Instruments. The Realm of Indian Music. Prospects. 3. Music of the Middle East, Bruno Nettl. Concerts in Tehran. Music and Cultural Values. Middle Eastern Culture and History. Melody and Rhythm. Ways of Making Music. 4. The Music of China, Isabel K.F. Wong. The Contemporary Scene. Instrumental Performance at a Teahouse in Shanghai. The Qin and Its Music. The Pipa and Its Music. Prominent Features in Culture and Music. Regional Styles. 5. The Music of Japan, Isabel K.F. Wong. Hogaku Performance in Tokyo. Theater Music. The Religious Traditions. A Concert and a Court Tradition. General Tendencies and Characteristics of Hogaku. 6. The Music of Indonesia, Charles Capwell. Javanese Music in Chicago. The Javanese Gamelan. The Cultural and Historical Significance of Javanese Gamelan Music. Music in Bali. The Influence of Foreign Artists and Tourists. Four Kinds of Popular Music in Java. Unity in Diversity. 7. The Music of Sub-Saharan Africa, Thomas Turino. A Shona Mbira Performance in Zimbabwe. The Mbira and Some General Principles of African Music. Africa General and Africa Specific. Musical Values, Practices, and Social Style. A Sampling of Instruments. Urban-Popular Music Traditions. 8. The Musical Culture of Europe, Philip V. Bohlman. Music in the Life of Modern Vienna. Europe as a Music Culture. Ideas about Music. Musical Instruments. History and Social Structure in European Musical Life. European Music in the Late Twentieth Century. 9. Music in Latin America, Thomas Turino. An Andean Mestizo Fiesta in Paucartambo, Peru. Sociocultural Heritages and Historical Background. Mestizo Musical Values and Musical Style. Native American Musical Values and Musical Style. African-American Musical Values and Styles. 10. Native American Music, Bruno Nettl North American Indian Days. Some Older Ceremonial Traditions. The World of Native American Cultures and Music. Ideas about Music. Musical Instruments. Aspects of the History of American Indian Music. 11. Ethnic North America, Philip V. Bohlman. Music at the Urban Folk Festival. The Multiplicity of Musics in North America. Ideas about Music. Musical Instruments. Social Structure/Musical Structure. The Music of an African-American Community. Contemporary and Popular Ethnic Musics. Glossary. Index.
The fourth revised edition ofExcursions in World Musicincorporates many of our responses to the rapidly changing conditions and repertories of world music since the beginning of the twenty-first century: globalization, the explosion of new technologies, the often dramatically shifting landscapes of a postcolonial and neonationalist world. World music responds to these changes and offers students a considerable range of perspectives for understanding the contemporary world of which they are increasingly a, part. The authors take the opportunity of this new edition to include essential material about the most recent world music phenomena, especially popular music and emerging repertories that help us sort out the dizzying processes of hybridization and exchange that affect almost all world musics in some way. In particular, the chapters on music in sub-Saharan Africa (7), Europe (8), and Ethnic North America (10) have included substantial new perspectives on global popular music. Chapter bibliographies and discographies, too, have been updated and revised to included the most recent writings on and recordings of world music. The authors ofExcursions in World Music,however, remain committed in this edition to the approach, structure, and content with which they have always conceived the textbook. It remains a set of chapters, by scholars writing with conviction and a sense of devotion, about cultures in which they have had substantial field experience, providing information and in-depth syntheses of the musical cultures of the world. We remain committed to a belief that knowledge of world music not only opens many doors to a better understanding of today's most pressing problems but also engenders respect for those who make and experience music throughout the world.