How Musical Is Man?

How Musical Is Man?

by John Blacking, J. Blacking
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0295953381

ISBN-13: 9780295953380

Pub. Date: 01/28/1973

Publisher: University of Washington Press

This important study in ethnomusicology is an attempt by the author -- a musician who has become a social anthropologist -- to compare his experiences of music-making in different cultures. He is here presenting new information resulting from his research into African music, especially among the Venda. Venda music, he discovered is in its way no less complex in

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This important study in ethnomusicology is an attempt by the author -- a musician who has become a social anthropologist -- to compare his experiences of music-making in different cultures. He is here presenting new information resulting from his research into African music, especially among the Venda. Venda music, he discovered is in its way no less complex in structure than European music. Literacy and the invention of nation may generate extended musical structures, but they express differences of degree, and not the difference in kind that is implied by the distinction between ‘art’ and ‘folk’ music. Many, if not all, of music’s essential processes may be found in the constitution of the human body and in patterns of interaction of human bodies in society. Thus all music is structurally, as well as functionally, ‘folk’ music in the sense that music cannot be transmitted of have meaning without associations between people.

If John Blacking’s guess about the biological and social origins of music is correct, or even only partly correct, it would generate new ideas about the nature of musicality, the role of music in education and its general role in societies which (like the Venda in the context of their traditional economy) will have more leisure time as automation increases.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780295953380
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
01/28/1973
Series:
Jessie and John Danz Lecture Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
132
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Humanly Organized SoundMusic in Society and CultureCulture and Society in MusicSoundly Organized Humanity

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