Analytical Studies in World Music

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Michael Tenzer
Oxford University Press, May 25, 2006 - Music - 456 pages
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Combining the approaches of ethnomusicology and music theory, Analytical Studies in World Music offers fresh perspectives for thinking about how musical sounds are shaped, arranged, and composed by their diverse makers worldwide. Eleven inspired, insightful, and in-depth explanations of Iranian sung poetry, Javanese and Balinese gamelan music, Afro-Cuban drumming, flamenco, modern American chamber music, and a wealth of other genres create a border-erasing compendium of ingenious music analyses. Selections on the companion website are carefully matched with extensive transcriptions and illuminating diagrams in every chapter. Opening rich cross-cultural perspectives on music, this volume addresses the practical needs of students and scholars in the contemporary world of fusions, contact, borrowing, and curiosity about music everywhere.
 

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Contents

Analysis Categorization and Theory of Musics of the World
3
SECTIONAL PERIODICITIES POETRY SONG RITUAL
39
ISOPERIODICITY FORM STRICT TO DISCURSIVE WITH VARIATIONS
161
LINEAR COMPOSITION IN PERIODIC CONTEXTS
273
Contents of the Compact Disk
415
Index
417
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Michael Tenzer is a professor of music at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Balinese Music (1991, 2nd edition 1998) and Gamelan Gong Kebyar: The Art of Twentieth Century Balinese Music (2000), which received the 34th ASCAP Deems Taylor Award and the Society for Ethnomusicology's Merriam Prize. He is also an internationally acclaimed composer in a diversity of genres.

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