Thinking Musically: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture / Edition 2

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Designed for undergraduates and general readers with little or no background in music, Thinking Musically incorporates music from many diverse cultures--including the Americas, Asia, Africa, Oceania, and Europe--and establishes the framework for exploring the practice of music around the world. Thinking Musically explores the importance of musical instruments and discusses the fundamental elements of music--including rhythm, pitch in melodic and harmonic relationships, and form--and examines how they vary in different musical traditions. The author considers the effects of cultural factors such as gender and ethnicity on the perception, interpretation, and performance of music, as well as the forces of nationalism, cultural encounters, and westernization.

New to the Second Edition
*Revised to bring the book up-to-date with current trends that are influencing music around the world, including the accelerating impact of technology (YouTube, MySpace, and digital downloading) and the increased effects of globalization
*Increased consideration of the pressures exerted by gender and mass media on the form, content, and performance of music
*Expanded discussion of fieldwork (in Chapter 7 and throughout the book)
*Includes additional photographs, expanded CD tracks, and new activities

Thinking Musically is the cornerstone of the Global Music Series; each case study in the series uses the contemporary musical situation as a point of departure--covering historical information and traditions as they relate to the present. Thinking Musically can be used with case studies in any combination to provide a rich exploration of world musical cultures, or it can be used independently as a short introduction to world music or music appreciation. Thinking Musically includes two 80-minute CDs--corresponding with activities found throughout the text--that feature selections from a wide variety of musical cultures.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195341911
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/19/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bonnie C. Wade is Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at the University of California, Berkeley. One of two general editors of the Global Music Series, she is also the author of another volume in the series, Music in Japan (OUP, 2005), in addition to numerous other titles.

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Table of Contents

CD Track List
Letter to the Readers
1. Thinking about Music
Music Makers Listeners
In Terms of Sound Calling Something "Music"
Aesthetic Values in Music
Music and Textual Meaning Music as Text
Oral and Aural Transmission Written Transmission
2. Thinking about Instruments
Instruments as Objects
Ideas about Instruments-types Ideas about Particular Instruments
Spiritual Associations
Associations of Sexuality and Gender
Cultural Status
Aesthetic Value
Item of Technology
Item of Commodity
Timbre and Aesthetics of Sound
Instruments in Music
Instrumental Capacity Ideas about Ensemble
Heterogenous and Homogeneous Sound Ideals
Musical Roles
3. Thinking about Time
Pulse Irregular Durations Rhythm for the Text Alone
Organizing Time into Units
Duple and Triple Meters Single and Compound Meters Asymmetrical Meters South Indian Tala
Southeast Asian Colotomic Meter North Indian Tala
Middle Eastern Rhythmic Modes Korean Changdan
African Polyrhythm Music in the African Diaspora
4. Thinking about Pitch
Pitch Names
Setting the Pitch
Who Sets the Pitch Pitch Placement
Thinking Horizontally
Naming Intervals
The Chromatic Scale
Diatonic Scales
The "Oriental" Scale
Numbers of Pitches in an Octave Pitch Functions Mode
Thinking Vertically
Tone Clusters Naming Vertical Intervals Dissonance and Consonance Functional Harmony
Thinking Horizontally and Vertically
Performing One Melody
Solo and in Unison
Interlocking Parts Rounds Heterophony
Performing One Melody with Another Part
Melody and drone Homophony
Performing Multiple Melodies
Polyphony Melody and ostinato
5. Thinking about Structuring
Improvising and Composing
Composing Persons
Putting Something Significant First
North Indian Instrumental Form Sonata Form
Telling the Story
Music for the Moment Contrasting Instrumentation Through-composed Music Strophic Form
Responding to the Context
Expectation for Audience-Performer Interaction The Need for Intra-ensemble Interaction Audience-performer Interaction in Storytelling A Ritual Context Echoes of a Ritual Practice
Call and Response
Music and Movement
Coming to the end
Aesthetic choice and intellectual play
Contrasting Rhythmic Modes
Social Values
6. Thinking about Issues
Encounters and Identities
A Focus on Influences A Focus on Boundaries
The national community
Regional identities
Multiple Identities
Transcending Boundaries
The Mass Media Globalization The Local
7. Thinking about Fieldwork
Picking a Project
Planning the Project
Doing the Project
Finishing the Project
Glossary of Musical Terms

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