The Study of Ethnomusicology: Thirty-one Issues and Concepts

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University of Illinois Press, 2005 - Music - 513 pages
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The first edition of this book, The Study of Ethnomusicology: Twenty-Nine Issues and Concepts, has become a classic in the field.This revised edition, written twenty-two years after the original, continues the tradition of providing engagingly written analysis thatoffers the most comprehensive discussion of the field availableanywhere. This book looks at the field of ethnomusicology - defined asthe study of the world's musics from a comparative perspective, and thestudy of all music from an anthropological perspective - as a field ofresearch. Nettl selects thirty-one concepts and issues that have beenthe subjects of continuing debate by ethnomusicologists, and he addsfour entirely new chapters and thoroughly updates the text to reflect newdevelopments and concerns in the field. Each chapter looks at itssubject historically and goes on to make its points with case studies, many taken from Nettl's own field experien
 

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Contents

Defining Ethnomusicology
3
The Music Concept
16
The Creative Process
27
Universals of Music
42
Varieties of Music
50
Comparative Study
60
Transcription
74
Contemplating Repertories
92
Uses and Functions
244
On the Origins of Music
259
On People Changing
272
Traditions
291
Signs
302
Location Location Location Interpreting Geographic
320
Determinants
339
Instruments
376

Tunes
113
Essentials
133
Insiders
149
Archives and Preservation
161
Musicians
172
Perspective
197
Music
215
Musical
232
How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? Teaching
388
in Music
404
Some Minorities
419
The 1990s and Beyond
431
Remarks on History
443
References
455
Index
495
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Bruno Nettl is professor emeritus of music and anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An internationally renowned musicologist, he is both a founder and past president of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the author of many books.  

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