New PDF release: Analytical Studies in World Music

By Michael Tenzer

ISBN-10: 0195177886

ISBN-13: 9780195177886

ISBN-10: 0195346416

ISBN-13: 9780195346411

Combining the methods of ethnomusicology and song idea, Analytical reports in global track deals clean views for puzzling over how musical sounds are formed, prepared, and composed by way of their varied makers world wide. 11 encouraged, insightful, and in-depth reasons of Iranian sung poetry, Javanese and Balinese gamelan tune, Afro-Cuban drumming, flamenco, glossy American chamber song, and a wealth of different genres create a border-erasing compendium of creative tune analyses. via description of contexts of functionality and production, and particularly compositional and formal building, every one bankruptcy proposes stimulating how you can pay attention, conceive, and picture those repertoires. decisions at the significant other CD are conscientiously matched with vast transcriptions and illuminating diagrams in each bankruptcy. establishing wealthy cross-cultural views on track, this quantity addresses the sensible wishes of scholars and students within the modern global of fusions, touch, borrowing, and interest approximately song in all places.

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In Moore and Sayre’s depiction of bata drumming, a basic metric periodicity is expressed through the repeating (literally stated or implied) clave pattern, whereas larger grouping structures emerge through the varied repetition of drum patterns (toques) and songs. Periodicities are cyclic or metric in that something equivalent to hierarchic beat or meter organizes them; higher-level periodicities constructed from groups of events are heard in relation to cycle and meter. Some music (compositions for the Japanese bamboo flute shakuhachi, many kinds of chant, recent Western open form works, the pulse-less alap of Indian classical music) is, in terms of strict rhythm, nonperiodic; that is, unmeasured with steady beats or cycles.

Going from part I to part II, if we downplay the structural contrasts between copla and falseta in flamenco, for example, we might be able to hear the unchanging twelve-beat compás as providing a strict isoperiodic framework. Reinterpreting music in part II, perhaps the through-composed aspects of Balinese and Javanese gamelan qualify them to shift into part III, where their “unfoldingness” would be prioritized. Yet, as Benjamin shows in part III, it is profound and revelatory to think deeply enough into a developmental music like Mozart’s to recognize its ultimate allegiance to an isoperiod.

World periodicities have infinitely distinctive qualities, unpredictable similarities, and extended family resemblances that demolish a linear logic; besides, a line-continuum with aperiodicity at one end smacks of an archaic Darwinism placing Western music at the culmination of world musical development. ) By contrast, a point of orientation is of course essential, and common sense leads us to try to find something straightforward to fill that need, something that can be directly compared to as many other things as possible.

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