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  • Music, Modernity and Locality in Prewar Japan: Osaka and Beyondby Alison Tokita; Hugh de Ferranti

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    This anthology addresses the modern musical culture of interwar Osaka and its surrounding Hanshin region. Modernity as experienced in this locale, with its particular historical, geographic and demographic character, and its established traditions of music and performance, gave rise to configurations of the new, the traditional and the hybrid that... more...

  • Tuk Music Tradition in Barbadosby Sharon Meredith

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    Barbados is a small Caribbean island better known as a tourist destination rather than for its culture. The island was first claimed in 1627 for the English King and remained a British colony until independence was gained in 1966. This firmly entrenched British culture in the Barbadian way of life, although most of the population are descended from... more...

  • Hwang Byungki: Traditional Music and the Contemporary Composer in the Republic of Koreaby Andrew Killick

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    Anyone who knows anything of Korean music probably knows something of Hwang Byungki. As a composer, performer, scholar, and administrator, Hwang has had an exceptional influence on the world of Korean traditional music for over half a century. During that time, Western-style music (both classical and popular) has become the main form of musical expression... more...

  • Bulgarian Harmonyby Kalin S. Kirilov

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    An in-depth study of the Bulgarian harmonic system is long overdue. More than two decades since the Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares choir was awarded a Grammy (1990), there is no scholarly study of the captivating sounds of Bulgarian vertical sonorities. Kalin Kirilov traces the gradual formation of a unique harmonic system that developed in three styles... more...

  • The Narrative Arts of Tianjin: Between Music and Languageby Francesca R. Sborgi Lawson

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    In studying one of the world's oldest and most enduring musical cultures, academics have consistently missed one of the richest forms of Chinese cultural expression: performed narratives. Francesca R. Sborgi Lawson explores the relationships between language and music in the performance of four narrative genres in the city of Tianjin, China, based... more...

  • The Making of a Musical Canon in Chinese Central Asia: The Uyghur Twelve Muqamby Rachel Harris

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    Throughout the course of the twentieth century, as newly formed nations sought ways to develop and formalise their national identity and acquire a range of identifiable national assets, we find new musical canons springing up across the world. But these canons are not arbitrary collections of works imposed on the public by the authorities. Rather they... more...

  • Improvisation and Composition in Balinese Gendér Wayangby Nicholas Gray

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    This book is an examination of the music of the Balinese gendér wayang, the quartet of metallophones - gendér - that accompanies the Balinese shadow puppet play - wayang kulit. The book focuses on processes of musical variation, the main means of creating new music in this genre, and the implications of these processes for the social and historical... more...

  • Shbahoth ? Songs of Praise in the Babylonian Jewish Traditionby Sara Manasseh

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    Sara Manasseh brings a significant, but less widely-known, Jewish repertoire and tradition to the attention of both the Jewish community (Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Oriental) and the wider global community. The book showcases thirty-one songs and includes English translations, complete Hebrew texts, transliterations and the music notation for each song.... more...

  • D?ph?: Sacred Singing in a South Asian Cityby Richard Widdess

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    D?ph?, or d?ph? bhajan, is a genre of Hindu-Buddhist devotional singing, performed by male, non-professional musicians of the farmer and other castes belonging to the Newar ethnic group, in the towns and villages of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. The songs, their texts, and their characteristic responsorial performance-style represent an extension of... more...

  • Ritual and Music of North Chinaby Stephen Jones

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    The rich local traditions of musical life in rural China are still little known. Music-making in village society is largely ceremonial, and shawm bands account for a significant part of such music. This is the first major ethnographic study of Chinese shawm bands in their ceremonial and social context. Based in a poor county in Shanxi province in... more...