By Timothy Rice
Ethnomusicologists think that each one people, not only these we name musicians, are musical, and that musicality is among the crucial touchstones of the human adventure. This perception increases great questions on the character of tune and the character of humankind, and ethnomusicologists argue that to correctly deal with those questions, we needs to research track in all its geographical and old diversity.
In this Very brief Introduction, one of many finest ethnomusicologists, Timothy Rice, deals a compact and illuminating account of this starting to be self-discipline, displaying how smooth researchers move approximately learning track from all over the world, trying to find insights into either tune and humanity. The reader discovers that ethnomusicologists this day not just study conventional kinds of music-such as eastern gagaku, Bulgarian people track, Javanese gamelan, or local American drumming and singing-but additionally discover extra modern musical types, from rap and reggae to Tex-Mex, Serbian turbofolk, or even the piped-in track on the Mall of the US. to enquire those varied musical varieties, Rice exhibits, ethnomusicologists normally dwell in a neighborhood, perform and detect and checklist musical occasions, interview the musicians, their buyers, and the viewers, and learn how to sing, play, and dance. it's a must to determine rapport with musicians and group individuals, and acquire the permission of these they are going to paintings with heavily over the process many months and years. We see how the researcher analyzes the knowledge to appreciate how a specific musical culture works, what's special approximately it, and the way it bears the non-public, social, and cultural meanings attributed to it. Rice additionally discusses how researchers may possibly practice theories from anthropology and different social sciences, to shed extra gentle at the nature of tune as a human habit and cultural perform.
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Released within the u . s . a . via Oxford collage Press 198 Madison street, ny, long island 10016 © Oxford college Press 2014 All rights reserved. No a part of this ebook should be reproduced, kept in a retrieval approach, or transmitted, in any shape or in any respect, with no the previous permission in writing of Oxford college Press, or as expressly authorised by means of legislation, via license, or lower than phrases agreed with the best replica rights association. Inquiries touching on replica outdoors the scope of the above will be despatched to the Rights division, Oxford collage Press, on the tackle above. you need to now not stream this paintings in the other shape, and also you needs to impose this comparable on any acquirer. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication facts Rice, Timothy, 1945– Ethnomusicology : a truly brief advent / Timothy Rice. pages cm. —(Very brief introductions) contains bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-19-979437-9 (alk. paper) 1. Ethnomusicology. I. identify. ML3798. R53 2014 780. 89—dc23 2013020199 1 three five 7 nine eight 6 four 2 published in nice Britain by way of Ashford color Press Ltd. , Gosport, Hants. on acid-free paper Contents checklist of illustrations Acknowledgments 1 Defining ethnomusicology 2 a bit heritage three engaging in learn four the character of song five song as tradition 6 person musicians 7 Writing song heritage eight Ethnomusicology within the glossy global nine Ethnomusicologists at paintings References additional studying Listening Index checklist of illustrations 1 Béla Bartók recording villagers on a wax-cylinder phonograph picture by means of Gyula Kósa, 1907, courtesy of the Bartók Archive, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and Gábor Vásárhely 2 Anne Rasmussen plays with Indonesian Qur’anic reciters Courtesy of Anne Rasmussen, 2004 three Simha Arom taking part in again recordings for Aka musicians photo by means of Harald Schmitt, 2001 four Mantle Hood illustrates the taking part in of the Javanese rebab Photographer unknown, ca. 1959, courtesy of the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive. © The Regents of the collage of California, All Rights Reserved five North Indian vocalist Ustad Yunus Husain Khan and accompanists photo via Daniel Neuman, ca. 1991 6 Anthony Seeger dancing with the Suyá picture via Judith Seeger, 1972 7 specialist Bulgarian bagpipe (gaida) participant Kostadin Varimezov photo by means of Vergilii Atanasov, Eighties eight Ming Dynasty manuscript with drawings of musical tools Courtesy of Joseph S. C. Lam nine Protestant band with fifes and Lambeg drums Courtesy of Hugo and Ray Weir 10 Daniel Sheehy on the Smithsonian Folklife pageant in 2009 Courtesy of the Smithsonian establishment Acknowledgments Even a truly brief publication like this one has required the aid of many of us. it truly is my excitement to recognize their suggestions the following. i want to thank Nancy Toff at Oxford collage Press for entrusting me with this job, and her colleague Suzanne Ryan for referring me to her. graduate scholars at UCLA supplied crucial learn counsel, Chloe Coventry and Katie Stuffelbeam.