Moving Away from Silence: Music of the Peruvian Altiplano and the Experience of Urban Migration

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University of Chicago Press, Feb 15, 2010 - Music - 331 pages
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Increasingly popular in the United States and Europe, Andean panpipe and flute music draws its vitality from the traditions of rural highland villages and of rural migrants who have settled in Andean cities. In Moving Away from Silence, Thomas Turino describes panpipe and flute traditions in the context of this rural-urban migration and the turbulent politics that have influenced Peruvian society and local identities throughout this century.

Turino's ethnography is the first large-scale study to concentrate on the pervasive effects of migration on Andean people and their music. Turino uses the musical traditions of Conima, Peru as a unifying thread, tracing them through the varying lives of Conimeos in different locales. He reveals how music both sustains and creates meaning for a people struggling amid the dramatic social upheavals of contemporary Peru.

Moving Away from Silence contains detailed interpretations based on comparative field research of Conimeo musical performance, rehearsals, composition, and festivals in the highlands and Lima. The volume will be of great importance to students of Latin American music and culture as well as ethnomusicological and ethnographic theory and method.

 

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Contents

Instruments Aesthetics and Performance Practice
39
PART
115
PART THREE
167
of Community
191
Musical Examples
259
Glossary
289
Bibliography
295
Annotated Discography
315
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Thomas Turino is associate professor of music at the University of Illinois, Urbana.

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