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Folk, national, and ethnic music

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  • Jewish Identitiesby Klara Moricz

    University of California Press 2008; US$ 60.00

    Jewish Identities mounts a formidable challenge to prevailing essentialist assumptions about "Jewish music," which maintain that ethnic groups, nations, or religious communities possess an essence that must manifest itself in art created by members of that group. Klára Móricz scrutinizes concepts of Jewish identity and reorders ideas about twentieth-century... more...

  • Gongs and Pop Songsby Jennifer A. Fraser

    Ohio University Press 2015; US$ 23.99

    Scholarship on the musical traditions of Indonesia has long focused on practices from Java and Bali, including famed gamelan traditions, at the expense of the wide diversity of other musical forms within the archipelago. Jennifer A. Fraser counters this tendency by exploring a little-known gong tradition from Sumatra called talempong, long associated... more...

  • Javanese Gamelan and the Westby Sumarsam

    Boydell & Brewer Group Ltd 2013; US$ 29.99

    Javanese Gamelan and the West studies the meaning, forms, and traditions of the Javanese performing arts as they developed and changed through their contact with Western culture. Authored by agamelan performer, teacher, and scholar, the book traces the adaptations in gamelan art as a result of Western colonialism in nineteenth-century Java, showing... more...

  • Literacy and Orality in Eighteenth-Century Irish Songby Julie Henigan

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 52.95

    Focusing on several distinct genres of eighteenth-century Irish song, Henigan demonstrates in each case that the interaction between the elite and vernacular, the written and oral, is pervasive and characteristic of the Irish song tradition to the present day. more...

  • The Politics of Songs in Eighteenth-Century Britain, 1723?1795by Kate Horgan

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 54.95

    Horgan analyses the importance of songs in British eighteenth-century culture with specific reference to their political meaning. Using an interdisciplinary methodology, combining the perspectives of literary studies and cultural history, the utilitarian power of songs emerges across four major case studies. more...

  • When the Spirit Says Sing!by Kerran L. Sanger

    Taylor and Francis 1995; US$ 47.95

    First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. more...

  • World Music: A Very Short Introductionby Philip V. Bohlman

    OUP Oxford 2002; US$ 7.99

    World Music draws readers into a remarkable range of historical encounters, in which music had the power to evoke the exotic and to give voice to the voiceless. In the course of the volume's eight chapters the reader witnesses music's involvement in the modern world, but also the individual moments and particular histories that are crucial to an understanding... more...

  • Folk Cityby Stephen Petrus; Ronald D. Cohen

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 26.99

    From Washington Square Park and Caf? Society to WNYC Radio and Folkways Records, New York City's cultural, artistic, and commercial assets helped to shape a distinctively urban breeding ground for the famous folk music revival of the 1950s and '60s. Folk City , by Stephen Petrus and Ronald Cohen, explores New York's central role in fueling the nationwide... more...

  • The Blues: A Very Short Introductionby Elijah Wald

    Oxford University Press 2010; US$ 7.99

    This VSI provides a brief history of the blues genre's main movements and most influential artists and gives a sense of the breadth of the blues field. Beginning with the music's roots in African and African-American styles, European folk music, and popular forms such as minstrelsy and ragtime, it traces how blues evolved over the course of the twentieth... more...

  • Folk Music: A Very Short Introductionby Mark Slobin

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 7.99

    This VSI offers readers something no other introduction to folk music does: a cross-cultural, comparative approach, a survey of the basic issues as they have unfolded over time, and specific examples from widely differing sites of how folk musicians themselves, as well as corporations, non-governmental organizations, and governments have made full... more...