The Study of Ethnomusicology: Thirty-one Issues and Concepts (Google eBook)

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University of Illinois Press, Nov 10, 2005 - Music - 528 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 that offers the most comprehensive discussion of the field available anywhere. _x000B_This book looks at the field of ethnomusicology--defined as the study of the world's musics from a comparative perspective, and the study of all music from an anthropological perspective--as a field of research. Nettl selects thirty-one concepts and issues that have been the subjects of continuing debate by ethnomusicologists, and he adds four entirely new chapters and thoroughly updates the text to reflect new developments and concerns in the field. _x000B_Each chapter looks at its subject historically and goes on to make its points with case studies, many taken from Nettl's own field experience. Drawing extensively on his field research in the Middle East, Western urban settings, and North American Indian societies, as well as on a critical survey of the available literature, Nettl advances our understanding of both the diversity and universality of the world's music. This revised edition's four new chapters deal with the doing and writing of musical ethnography, the scholarly study of instruments, aspects of women's music and women in music, and the ethnomusicologist's study of his or her own culture.
  

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Review: The Study of Ethnomusicology: THIRTY-ONE ISSUES AND CONCEPTS

User Review  - Steve Smith - Goodreads

Like many anthropologists, Nettl is sometimes aloof and elitist, but his observations ring true and he's not afraid to turn a critical eye upon "western music", and himself, once in a while. Often ... Read full review

Review: The Study of Ethnomusicology: THIRTY-ONE ISSUES AND CONCEPTS

User Review  - Yode - Goodreads

This is Bruno Nettl's post-hoc discussion of his many years of experience in studying different musics. What is particularly interesting about it, possibly to the dismay of some, is that it each ... Read full review

Contents

The Harmless Drudge Defining Ethnomusicology
3
The Art of Combining Tones The Music Concept
16
Inspiration and Perspiration The Creative Process
27
The Universal Language Universals of Music
42
The Nonuniversal Language Varieties of Music
50
Apples and Oranges Comparative Study
60
I Cant Say a Thing until Ive Seen the Score Transcription
74
In the Speech Mode Contemplating Repertories
92
Music Hath Charms Uses and Functions
244
In the Beginning On the Origins of Music
259
The Continuity of Change On People Changing Their Music
272
Recorded Printed Written Oral Traditions
291
The Basic Unit of All Culture and Civilization Signs and Symbols
302
Location Location Location Interpreting Geographic Distribution
320
The Whys of Musical Style Determinants
339
In All Varieties
355

The Most Indefatigable Tourists of the World Tunes and Their Relationships
113
In the Field
131
Come Back and See Me Next Tuesday Essentials of Fieldwork
133
You Will Never Understand This Music Insiders and Outsiders
149
Hanging on for Dear Life Archives and Preservation
161
I Am the Greatest Ordinary and Exceptional Musicians
172
You Call That Fieldwork? Redefining the Field
184
What Do You Think Youre Doing? The Hosts Perspective
197
In Human Culture
213
Music and That Complex Whole Music in Culture
215
The MeatandPotatoes Book Musical Ethnography
232
Ive Never Heard a Horse Sing Musical Taxonomies
357
The Creatures of Jubal Instruments
376
How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? Teaching and Learning
388
Im a Stranger Here Myself Womens Music Women in Music
404
Diversity and Difference Some Minorities
419
A New Era The 1990s and Beyond
431
The Shape of the Story Remarks on History
443
References
455
Index
495
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Bruno Nettl is an eminent ethnomusicologist specializing in American Indian music. He is Professor of Music and Anthropology in the University of Illnois.

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