World Musics in Context: A Comprehensive Survey of the World's Major Musical Cultures

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Oxford University Press, 2004 - Music - 734 pages
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World Musics in Context is a wide-ranging survey of musics of the world, in their historical and social contexts, from ancient times to the present day. Ethnomusicologist Peter Fletcher begins by describing aspects of musical style and function in relation to the early developments of civilizations. He then goes on to explore, in five parts, music of the ancient world, music of Africa and Asia, European music, North and South American traditions, and music of the modern world. A compendium of information as well as an examination of musical causation and function, this book gives a deeper understanding of the various musical traditions that contribute to the modern, multicultural environment.
  

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Contents

Foreword
1
Introduction
31
Genesis
47
Traditional Musics of Africa and Asia
143
Europe
409
The New World
481
The Modern World
597
Bibliography
696
Credits for Illustrations
717
Index
719
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World Music: The Basics
Richard Nidel
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World Music: The Basics
Richard Nidel
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About the author (2004)

Laurence Picken is at Jesus College, Cambridge.

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