Expert writers present the major traditions of North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia, together with personal accounts of performers, composers, teachers, and ceremonies. A special feature of this volume is the inclusion of dozens of brief snap-shot essays that offer "lifestories" of typical musicmakers and their art, as well as first-person descriptions of specific music performances and events. Also includes maps and music examples.
About the Author
Virginia Danielson is Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Librarian at Harvard University and author of The Voice of Egypt: Umm Kulthum, Arabic Song, and Egyptian Society in the Twentieth Century (1997). Scott Marcus is Associate Professor of Music at the UC Santa Barbara. Dwight Reynolds is Professor of Religion at UC Santa Barbara and author of Heroic Poets, Heroic Heroes: The Ethnography of Performance in an Arabic Oral Epic Tradition (1995).