Comparative Musicology and Anthropology of Music: Essays on the History of Ethnomusicology / Edition 2

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Nineteen scholars from five countries explore significant issues in the history of ethnomusicology and its methodological and theoretical foundations, while providing a critique of the discipline.

"These essays represent importantly a discipline's self- examination in an effort to go beyond conventional assumptions, inherited methods and mythic pasts."--Daniel M. Neuman, University of Washington

"This is a useful and enriching collection of articles of interest to musicologists and ethnomusicologists. . . . The authors manage to cover much ground, presenting fascinating insights into the history of the discipline while also exploring new directions in both theory and analysis. . . . the most sweeping work of this kind to be published since the 1960s."--L. D. Loeb, University of Utah, for Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226574097
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1991
  • Series: Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruno Nettl is professor emeritus of music and anthropology at the University of Illinois Urbana. Philip V. Bohlman is associate professor of music at the University of Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Bruno Nettl
I. Informed by the World's Cultural Diversity
European Musical Terminology and the Music of Africa by Stephen Blum
From Reaction to Synthesis: Chinese Musicology in the Twentieth Century by Isabel K. F. Wong
Reflections on the Ideological History of Latin American Ethnomusicology by Gerard Béhague
Tribal Music in the Study of Great and Little Traditions of Indian Music by Carol M. Babiracki
Ideas, Principles, Motivations, and Results in Eastern European Folk-Music Research by Oskár Elschek
II. Dominated by a Group of Abiding Issues
Muddying the Crystal Spring: From Idealism and Realism to Marxism in the Study of English and American Folk Song by James Porter
Representation and Cultural Critique in the History of Ethnomusicology by Philip V. Bohlman
Whose Music? Sources and Contexts in Indic Musicology by Regula Burckhardt Qureshi
The Uneven Development of Africanist Ethnomusicology: Three Issues and a Critique by Christopher A. Waterman
One World Or None? Untimely Reflections on a Timely Musicological Question By Alexander L. Ringer
III. Inspired by Great Leaders
Erich M. von Hornsbostel, Carl Stumpf, and the Institutionalization of Comparative Musicology by Dieter Christensen
The First Restudy of Arnold Bake's Fieldwork in India by Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy
Marginality and Musicology in Nineteenth-Century Calcutta: The Case of Sourindro Mohun Tagore by Charles Capwell
Women and the Society for Ethnomusicology: Roles and Contributions from Formation through Incorporation (1952/53-1961) by Charlotte J. Frisbie
The Dual Nature of Ethnomusicology in North America: The Contributions of Charles Seeger and George Herzog by Bruno Nettl
IV. Nourished by a Variety of Disciplines
Recording Technology, the Record Industry, and Ethnomusicological Scholarship by Kay Kaufman Shelemay
Psychological Theory and Comparative Musicology by Albrecht Schneider
Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Musical Communication Structures by Doris Stockmann
Styles of Musical Ethnography by Anthony Seeger
Epilogue by Philip V. Bohlman

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