Tikopia Songs: Poetic and Musical Art of a Polynesian People of the Solomon Islands

Tikopia Songs: Poetic and Musical Art of a Polynesian People of the Solomon Islands

by Raymond Firth
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521391296

ISBN-13: 9780521391290

Pub. Date: 02/22/1991

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Sir Raymond Firth is the most distinguished living British anthropologist, and one also internationally acclaimed. His latest work forms part of one of the fullest and most professional ethnographic accounts by any anthropologist of a nonindustrial people, an account which extends over many years. This book is about the songs of a Western Pacific people, the

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Sir Raymond Firth is the most distinguished living British anthropologist, and one also internationally acclaimed. His latest work forms part of one of the fullest and most professional ethnographic accounts by any anthropologist of a nonindustrial people, an account which extends over many years. This book is about the songs of a Western Pacific people, the Tikopia, who until recently lived entirely on a small remote island of the Solomons. Their songs vary from lively dance chants to mournful funeral laments. All are novel to western ears. The book provides about 100 examples in text and in translation, discusses the relationship of the songs to the social life of the people, and includes an analysis of the structure of their music by Mervyn McClean, a noted musicologist. A cassette which reproduces about 30 of the songs that appear in the book is also available.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521391290
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/22/1991
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Oral and Literate Culture Series, #20
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. General: 1. The nature of Tikopia song; 2. Tikopia poetic language and imagery; 3. Funeral and mourning as musical occasions; 4. Dance and song; Part II. Musical Analysis Mervyn McLean: 5. The structure of Tikopia music; Part III. Song Texts, Translations and Commentary: 6. Dance songs of everyday life; 7. Songs of the sea and of travel; 8. Eulogies and farewells; 9. Songs of protest and criticism; 10. Songs of erotic arousal and sex antagonism; 11. Laments and funeral dirges; 12. Songs on historical and mythic themes, and of ritual quality; 13. Epilogue; Appendices; References; Index.

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