Politically and historically, the Mediterranean has been a space for critical dialogue for competing and often antagonistic voices, and still functions as meeting place for diverse and interdisciplinary approaches. Although other academic disciplines have attempted a unified approach to Mediterranean studies, until recently Mediterranean music as a singular concept has received relatively little scholarly development. This volume is a crucial first step and investigates several musical cultures that have traditionally demonstrated common threads, trends, and interactions. The music of Greece, Crete, Turkey, Albania, Corsica, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Algeria and Palestine are all considered in this volume as the scholars represented here reveal the musical commonality among otherwise divergent traditions. Unnecessary technical jargon is avoided, and an interdisciplinary approach embracing ethnology and material culture considerations makes this volume relevant not only to musicologists and anthropologists, but likewise to the general reader interested in tourism.
Ethnomusicologists and scholars of music and anthropology, all British but for an American, explore the concept and examples of a Mediterranean music, diverse within itself but sharing distinctions from the music of other regions. They look at nation and history, broadcasting and new media, men and women, Mediterranean Music, and traveling the Mediterranean. The 11 papers are from a February 2001 conference in Leeds, England.
January 2008 Popular Music
The Mediterranean in Music would be a worthwhile addition to libraries concerned with popular music...
David Cooper is Professor of Music and Technology and Head of the School of Music at the University of Leeds. Kevin Dawe is lecturer in ethnomusicology in the School of Music at the Unviersity of Leeds where he is also a member of the Centre for Mediterranean Studies and the Centre for African Studies.
Part 1 Series Foreword Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Introduction Part 4 Part 1 Nation and History Chapter 5 1 Sound Sense: Mediterranean Music from a Turkish Perspective Chapter 6 2 A Family of Song: Reflections of Albanian Urban Lyric Chapter 7 3 "Humanizing the Masses": Enlightened Intellectuals and the Music of the People Part 8 Part 2 Broadcasting and New Media Chapter 9 4 Robert Lachmann's Oriental Music: A Broadcasting Initiative in 1930s Palestine Chapter 10 5 Outside-In: Music, New Media and Tradition in North Africa Part 11 Part 3 Men and Women Chapter 12 6 Performance on a Mediterranean Theme: Musicians and Masculinity in Crete Chapter 13 7 Anda Jaleo! Celebrating Creativity in Flamenco Song Part 14 Part 4 "Mediterranean Music" Chapter 15 8 Anchors and Sails: Music and Culture Contact in Corsica Chapter 16 9 Open Textures: On Mediterranean Music Part 17 Part 5 The Traveling Mediterranean Chapter 18 10 Algerian Raï into Beur Raï: The Music of Return Chapter 19 11 On Imagining the Mediterranean Part 20 Index Part 21 About the Contributors