The Singing of the New World: Indigenous Voice in the Era of European Contact

The Singing of the New World: Indigenous Voice in the Era of European Contact

by Gary Tomlinson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521873916

ISBN-13: 9780521873918

Pub. Date: 07/12/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In The Singing of the New World Gary Tomlinson offers histories of ancient music long since silent: the songs of the Indians that Europeans met in the sixteenth century. Merging recent cultural history, early European accounts, archaeological findings, and rare indigenous documents for the Mexica (or Aztecs), the Incas, and the Tupinamba of lowland Brazil,

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In The Singing of the New World Gary Tomlinson offers histories of ancient music long since silent: the songs of the Indians that Europeans met in the sixteenth century. Merging recent cultural history, early European accounts, archaeological findings, and rare indigenous documents for the Mexica (or Aztecs), the Incas, and the Tupinamba of lowland Brazil, Tomlinson explores the place of singing in these societies. He details the expressive and ritual ends it was expected to fulfil before and after the coming of the conquistadors. Musical practices and the cultural ends they served come alive across a spectrum that reaches from the cosmogonic geometry of Inca ritual song through the imminent sacred materiality of Mexican cantares to the intricate interconnections of singing, speaking and eating in Tupinamba cannibalism. A final chapter considers the fears mutually and repeatedly inspired by the expressive powers of American and European song.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521873918
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/12/2007
Series:
New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism Series, #15
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Raised voices; 1. Unlearning the Aztec Cantares; 2. Metonymy, writing, and the matter of Mexica song; 3. Cantares mexicanos; 4. Musicoanthropophagy: the songs of cannibals; 5. Inca singing at Cuzco; 6. Fear of singing.

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