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Worlds of music : an introduction to the music of the world's peoples
Titon, Jeff Todd, 1943-
Third edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Schirmer Books, [1996]

Physical Description:
xxiv, 536 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The music-culture as a world of music / Jeff Todd Titon and Mark Slobin -- North America : Native America / David P. McAllester -- Africa : Ewe, Mande, Dagbamba, Shona, BaAka / David Locke -- North America : Black America / Jeff Todd Titon -- Bosnia and Central/Southeast Europe : musics and musicians in transition / Mark Slobin -- India : South India / David B. Reck -- Asia : Indonesia / R. Anderson Sutton -- East Asia : Japan / Linda Fujie -- Latin America : Ecuador / John M. Schechter -- Discovering and documenting a world of music / David B. Reck, Mark Slobin, and Jeff Todd Titon
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ML3798 .W67 1996 Adult Media Kit Central Closed Stacks

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An exciting introduction to the diversity of musical cultures including Africa, North and South America, Eastern Europe, India, Indonesia, and Japan, this text conveys the fascination and the excitement associated with ethnomusicology through in-depth case studies written by those who have studied these cultures firsthand. Readers are introduced to the performers and learn the variations in style and opinion that make each culture's music vibrant and alive. The authors provide an understanding of each culture and its music, as well as an explanation of the theory and practice of ethnomusicology.

Table of Contents

Jeff Todd Titon and Mark SlobinDavid P. McAllesterDavid LockeJeff Todd TitonMark SlobinDavid B. ReckR. Anderson SuttonLinda FujieJohn M. SchechterVictor JaraDavid B. Reck and Mark Slobin and Jeff Todd Titon
Recorded Selectionsp. xi
The Authorsp. xvii
Prefacep. xxi
1. The Music-Culture as a World of Musicp. 1
The Music Culturep. 1
Affect, Performance, Community, and History: A Music-Culture Modelp. 2
Components of a Music-Culturep. 7
Ideas about Music
Social Organization of Music
Repertories of Music
Material Culture of Music
Worlds of Musicp. 13
References Citedp. 14
Additional Readingp. 15
2. North America/Native Americap. 17
Three Different Stylesp. 17
Sioux Grass Dance
Zuni Lullaby
Iroquois Quiver Dance
Making a "Cowhorn" Rattle
Music of the Navajo Indiansp. 28
A Yeibichai Song from the Nightway Ceremony
"Folsom Prison Blues"
The Navajo Way of Life
Traditional Popular Music
The Circle Dance Song "Shizhane'e"
The Enemyway Ceremony
The "Classical" Music of the Navajos
The Life Story of a Navajo Ceremonial Practitioner
The Native American Church
The Sun Dance
Navajo Hymn Music
New Composers in Traditional Modes
Music with Newly Created Navajo Texts and Melodies
New Navajo Music with English Texts and Orchestral Accompaniment
The Native American Flute Revival
References Citedp. 67
Additional Readingp. 69
Additional Listeningp. 69
Major Sources for Recordingsp. 70
3. Africa/Ewe, Mande, Dagbamba, Shona, BaAkap. 71
Questionsp. 71
Postal Workers Canceling Stampsp. 72
Generalizations about African Music-Culture
Musical Analysis: Toward participation
Agbekor: Music and Dance of the Ewe Peoplep. 78
The Ewe People
Agbekor: History and Contemporary Performance
A Performance
Music of the Percussion Ensemble
Mande Jaliya: "Lambango"p. 101
Historical and Social Background
Elements of Performance
A Hearing of "Lambango"
A Drummer of Dagbonp. 111
The Drums
A Praise Name Dance
Life Story: Abubakari Lunna
Shona Mbira Musicp. 118
Cultural Context
The Mbira
Thomas Mapfumo and Chimurenga Music
BaAka Singing: "Makala"p. 129
Three Images of the Forest People
"Makala," a Mabo Song
Music-Culture As an Adaptive Resource
Conclusion As Discussionp. 138
References Citedp. 139
Additional Readingp. 143
Additional Listeningp. 143
4. North America/Black Americap. 144
Music of Worshipp. 144
Music of Workp. 154
Music of Playp. 161
A Few Final Wordsp. 206
References Citedp. 207
Additional Readingp. 208
Additional Listeningp. 209
Additional Viewingp. 210
5. Bosnia and Central/Southeast Europe: Musics and Musicians in Transitionp. 211
Bosnia: From Tradition to Destructionp. 214
Music in a Muslim Highlander Village
Music of Rural and Urban Lowlands Muslims
Popular Music Styles: "Newly Composed Folk Music" and Rock
Mensur Hatic: Versatile Musical Traveler
Flory Jagoda: Keeper of the Sephardic Jewish Tradition of Bosnia
Bulgaria and Hungary: Other Approaches to Musical Changep. 243
Hungary: Learning from Traditional Music
Summaryp. 249
References Citedp. 250
Additional Readingp. 250
Additional Listeningp. 251
6. India/South Indiap. 252
The Environment--The Musicianp. 252
The Setting
Many Musics
A Day in the Life of Ramachandra, A Musician of Madras
Karnataka sangeeta, the Classical Music of South Indiap. 267
A Performance Segment: The Sound Worldp. 269
The Ensemble
Sruti (the Drone)
Raga (the Expressive Mode)
Scale, Raga sankarabharanam
Tala (the Time Cycle)
Musical Structure: Improvisation
Musical Structure: The Kritip. 281
The Song Text
Svara kalpana in the Performance
The Drummer's Art
An Ear Map
Indian Music and the Westp. 296
Instrument Building and Performancep. 299
Instrument Building
Playing Technique
Inventing a Ragap. 305
References Citedp. 313
Commercial Recordings Citedp. 313
Classroom Resourcesp. 314
Additional Readingp. 314
Additional Listeningp. 315
7. Asia/Indonesiap. 316
Central Javap. 318
Gamelan Construction
Gamelan Identity
Gamelan Performance Contexts
Gamelan Music: A Javanese Gendhing in Performance
Irama Level
Performing Your Own Gamelan Music
A Javanese Gendhing in Soft-Playing Style
Instrumental Playing in "Ladrang Wilujeng"
Singing in "Ladrang Wilujeng"
Biography of Ki Nartosabdho, a Gamelan Musician, Composer, and Puppeteer
Gamelan Music and Shadow Puppetry
Balip. 352
North Sumatrap. 356
Indonesian Popular Musicp. 359
References Citedp. 363
Additional Readingp. 364
Additional Listeningp. 365
Additional Viewingp. 367
8. East Asia/Japanp. 369
Listening Habits of Contemporary Japanesep. 371
General Characteristics of Japanese Traditional Musicp. 372
Musical Form
Shakuhachip. 376
Kotop. 382
Koutap. 384
Gidayu-bushi: Music of the Puppet Theaterp. 391
Folk Songp. 397
Festival Music: Matsuri-bayaship. 402
Popular Musicp. 411
Historical Background
Folk Song
New Music
References Citedp. 424
Additional Readingp. 425
Additional Listeningp. 426
Additional Viewingp. 427
9. Latin America/Ecuadorp. 428
Venezuelan Joropop. 429
Nueva Cancion: "El Lazo,"p. 430
Bolivian K'antup. 437
The Quichua of the Northern Andes of Ecuadorp. 443
The Musical Tradition: Sanjuanp. 447
Sanjuan and Cotacachi Quichua Lifewaysp. 457
Walking in Sanjuan: The Vital-Domain Metaphorp. 460
Two "Classic" Sanjuanesp. 462
The Andean Ensemble Phenomenonp. 466
Wawa Veloriop. 468
The Career Dilemma of Don Cesar Muquinchep. 475
Elsewhere in Ecuadorp. 481
African-Ecuadorian Music of the Chota River Valleyp. 483
Despedida, or Farewellp. 486
References Citedp. 487
Additional Readingp. 490
Additional Listeningp. 492
Additional Viewingp. 493
10. Discovering and Documenting a World of Musicp. 495
Music in Our Own Backyardsp. 495
Commercial Music
Doing Musical Ethnographyp. 504
Selecting a Subject: Some Practical Suggestionsp. 504
Collecting Informationp. 506
Gaining Entry
Selecting a Topic
Library Research
Participation and Observation
Field Equipment: Notebook, Tape Recorder, Camera
Other Means of Collecting Information
Finishing the Projectp. 517
References Citedp. 518
Additional Readingp. 518
Indexp. 521