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Overview

This dynamic introductory book takes readers 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. KEY TOPICS The book divides the world into ten major culture areas—and devotes a chapter to each, exploring the musical cultures of such fascinating lands as India, the Middle East, Indonesia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America. The presentation features a synthetic treatment of musical life and ideas about music, musical style, music history, and musical instruments; briefly describes additional musical genres or contexts; and considers recent developments. For individuals interested in the music of the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130316486
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 11/15/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 353
  • Product dimensions: 7.58 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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PREFACE:

Preface

The authors are pleased to present this third revised edition of Excursions in World Music to its expanding audience with the hope that the changes made will further increase its informativeness and utility. After the major revisions of the second edition, we have not felt the need for a fundamental overhaul, but several of the book's chapters have been rewritten to bring them up to date and to provide a greater variety of information. In particular, the chapters on music in China (4), in the Middle East (3), and among Native Americans (10) have been extensively altered and expanded with more attention given to popular music and contemporary developments, while the introductory essay on "Studying the World's Musical Cultures" now incorporates a broader discussion of the field of ethnomusicology.

Essentially, however, the book has remained, in its orientation, structure, and basic content, what it was originally intended to be—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 interesting syntheses of the musical cultures of the world. We have done this in order to stimulate understanding and engender respect.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

We are grateful to Melinda Russell (Carleton College) for editorial help with the second edition and to Margaret Sarkissian (Smith College) for preparing the teacher's guide. We also wish to express our gratitude for the numerous helpful suggestions provided by anonymous readers and loyal users of the book alike.

Bruno Nettl, Charles Capwell, IsabelK. F. Wong,
Thomas Turino, Philip V Bohlman

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction: Studying Musics of the World's Cultures 1
2 The Music of India 14
3 Music of the Middle East 42
4 The Music of China 69
5 The Music of Japan 104
6 The Music of Indonesia 131
7 The Music of Sub-Saharan Africa 161
8 The Musical Culture of Europe 191
9 Music in Latin America 223
10 Native American Music 251
11 Ethnic North America 269
Glossary 309
Index 331
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Preface

PREFACE:

Preface

The authors are pleased to present this third revised edition of Excursions in World Music to its expanding audience with the hope that the changes made will further increase its informativeness and utility. After the major revisions of the second edition, we have not felt the need for a fundamental overhaul, but several of the book's chapters have been rewritten to bring them up to date and to provide a greater variety of information. In particular, the chapters on music in China (4), in the Middle East (3), and among Native Americans (10) have been extensively altered and expanded with more attention given to popular music and contemporary developments, while the introductory essay on "Studying the World's Musical Cultures" now incorporates a broader discussion of the field of ethnomusicology.

Essentially, however, the book has remained, in its orientation, structure, and basic content, what it was originally intended to be—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 interesting syntheses of the musical cultures of the world. We have done this in order to stimulate understanding and engender respect.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

We are grateful to Melinda Russell (Carleton College) for editorial help with the second edition and to Margaret Sarkissian (Smith College) for preparing the teacher's guide. We also wish to express our gratitude for the numerous helpful suggestions provided by anonymous readers and loyal users of the book alike.

Bruno Nettl, Charles Capwell,IsabelK. F. Wong,
Thomas Turino, Philip V Bohlman

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