The Study of Ethnomusicology: Thirty-One Issues and Concepts / Edition 1

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252072789
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 12/2/2005
  • Edition description: Expanded and Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 815,698
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruno Nettl is professor emeritus of music and anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An internationally renowned musicologist, he is both a founder and past president of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the author of many books.  

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Table of Contents

1 The harmless drudge : defining ethnomusicology 3
2 The art of combining tones : the music concept 16
3 Inspiration and perspiration : the creative process 27
4 The universal language : universals of music 42
5 The nonuniversal language : varieties of music 50
6 Apples and oranges : comparative study 60
7 I can't say a thing until I've seen the score : transcription 74
8 In the speech mode : contemplating repertories 92
9 The most indefatigable tourists of the world : tunes and their relationships 113
10 Come back and see me next Tuesday : essentials of fieldwork 133
11 You will never understand this music : insiders and outsiders 149
12 Hanging on for dear life : archives and preservation 161
13 I am the greatest : ordinary and exceptional musicians 172
14 You call that fieldwork? : redefining the "field" 184
15 What do you think you're doing? : the host's perspective 197
16 Music and "that complex whole" : music in culture 215
17 The meat-and-potatoes book : musical ethnography 232
18 Music hath charms : uses and functions 244
19 In the beginning : on the origins of music 259
20 The continuity of change : on people changing their music 272
21 Recorded, printed, written, oral : traditions 291
22 The basic unit of all culture and civilization : signs and symbols 302
23 Location, location, location! : interpreting geographic distribution 320
24 The whys of musical style : determinants 339
25 I've never heard a horse sing : musical taxonomies 357
26 The creatures of Jubal : instruments 376
27 How do you get to Carnegie Hall? : teaching and learning 388
28 I'm stranger here myself : women's music, women in music 404
29 Diversity and difference : some minorities 419
30 A new era : the 1990s and beyond 431
31 The shape of the story : remarks on history 443
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