Music of the Sirens

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Linda Phyllis Austern, Inna Naroditskaya
Indiana University Press, 2006 - Music - 423 pages
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Whether referred to as mermaid, usalka, mami wata, or by some other name, and whether considered an imaginary being or merely a person with extraordinary abilities, the siren is the remarkable creature that has inspired music and its representations from ancient Greece to present-day Africa and Latin America. This book, co-edited by a historical musicologist and an ethnomusicologist, brings together leading scholars and some talented newcomers in classics, music, media studies, literature, and cultural studies to consider the siren and her multifaceted relationships to music across human time and geography.

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Contents

Sirens in Antiquity and the Middle Ages
16
Siren Traditions
105
Heavenly and Earthly Sirens
140
The Sirens the Epicurean Boat and the Poetry of Praise
176
Of Music Modernity and the Sirens
194
Water Power and Women
216
Loreley and Other Rhine Maidens
250
Music for Mami Wata and Other
294
The Cocktail Siren in David Lynchs Blue Velvet
349
BIBLIOGRAPHY
371
LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS
409
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Linda Phyllis Austern is Associate Professor of Musicology in the School of Music, Northwestern University.

Inna Naroditskaya is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology in the School of Music, Northwestern University.

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