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India's Kathak Dance in Historical Perspective

by Margaret E. Walker

Through an analysis both broad and deep of primary and secondary sources, ethnography, iconography and current performance practice, this enquiry undertakes a critical approach to the history of kathak dance...


The Mexican American Orquesta: Music, Culture, and the Dialectic of Conflict

by Manuel Peña

The Mexican American orquesta is neither a Mexican nor an American music. Relying on both the Mexican orquesta and the American dance band for repertorial and stylistic cues, it forges a synthesis of the two....


Turbo-folk Music and Cultural Representations of National Identity in Former Yugoslavia

by Uroš Cvoro

Turbo-folk music is the most controversial form of popular culture in the new states of former Yugoslavia. Beginning with 1970s Socialist Yugoslavia, Uroš Čvoro explores the cultural and political paradoxes...


Singing For Life: HIV/AIDS and Music in Uganda

by Gregory Barz

First Published in 2006. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Tchaikovsky's Pathétique and Russian Culture

by Marina Ritzarev

Tchaikovskyʼs Sixth Symphony is known for the mystery surrounding its hidden programme and for Tchaikovskyʼs unexpected death nine days after its premiere. While the speculations about the composerʼs possible...


"Venceremos": Victor Jara and the New Chilean Song Movement

by Gabriel San Román & T. M. Scruggs

When the socialist politician Salvador Allende dramatically won Chile’s presidential election in 1970, a powerful cultural movement accompanied him to power as folk singers emerged at the forefront proving...


Representing African Music: Postcolonial Notes, Queries, Positions

by Kofi Agawu

The aim of this book is to stimulate debate by offering a critique of discourse about African music. Who writes about African music, how, and why? What assumptions and prejudices influence the presentation of...


To Tatau Waka: In Search of Maori Music

by Mervyn McLean

This account of an ethnomusicologist’s experience conducting fieldwork offers a glimpse into the life of New Zealand’s Maori people through his documentation of traditional songs. The audio recordings included...


Songs of Kaumatua: Traditional Songs of the Maori as Sung by Kino Hughes

by Dr. Mervyn McLean & Dr. Margaret Orbell

Sixty traditional Maori songs of Tuhoe sung by Kino Hughes are presented in this book and CD collection. The text of each song is given in both English and Maori along with a musical transcription. Kino Hughes...


Opera in the British Isles, 1875-1918

by Paul Rodmell

While the musical culture of the British Isles in the 'long nineteenth century' has been reclaimed from obscurity by musicologists in the last thirty years, appraisal of operatic culture in the latter part of...


Wagner in Russia, Poland and the Czech Lands: Musical, Literary and Cultural Perspectives

by Stephen Muir & Anastasia Belina-Johnson

Richard Wagner has arguably the greatest and most long-term influence on wider European culture of all nineteenth-century composers and yet, among the copious English-language literature examining Wagner's works,...


Alaturka: Style in Turkish Music (1923-1938)

by John Morgan O'Connell

The early-Republican era (1923-1938) was a major period of musical and cultural change in Turkey. Representing more than twenty years of research, Alaturka: Style in Turkish Music is a study of the significance...


The Cantaoras: Music Gender and Identity in Flamenco Song: Music, Gender and Identity in Flamenco Song

by Loren Chuse

This book provides an in-depth ethnographic investigation of the greatly underestimated and underappreciated contributions of women singers, the cantaoras, to the creation, transmission and innovation in flamenco...


Elvis Costello and Thatcherism: A Psycho-Social Exploration

by David Pilgrim & Richard Ormrod

The emergence of Thatcherism around 1980, which ushered in a period of neo-liberalism in British politics that still resonates today, led musicians, like other artists, to respond to their context of production....


British Women Composers and Instrumental Chamber Music in the Early Twentieth Century

by Laura Seddon

This is the first full-length study of British women's instrumental chamber music in the early twentieth-century. It includes six case studies of composers: Adela Maddison; Ethel Smyth; Morfydd Owen; Ethel Barns;...


The Musical World of Halim El-Dabh

by Denise Seachrist

Egyptian-born composer Halim El-Dabh has studied with the giants of 20th-century musical composition and conducting, including Leopold Stokowski, Irving Fine, Leonard Bernstein, and Aaron Copland. El-Dabh?s...


Nagauta: The Heart of Kabuki Music

by William P. Malm

THE KABUKI theater of Japan has achieved a growing reputation as one of the world's most brilliant achievements in the field of theater. And the number of studies made on the subject in the West has been considerable....


Music, Modernity and Locality in Prewar Japan: Osaka and Beyond

by Hugh de Ferranti & Alison Tokita

This anthology addresses the modern musical culture of interwar Osaka and its surrounding Hanshin region. It is the first to draw together research on the interwar musical culture of the Osaka region and addresses...


Music and Academia in Victorian Britain

by Rosemary Golding

Until the nineteenth century, music occupied a marginal place in British universities. It was not until a benefaction initiated the creation of a professorship of music at the University of Edinburgh, in the...


Michael Jackson and the Blackface Mask

by Harriet J. Manning

Harriet Manning argues that the nineteenth-century blackface minstrelsy's legacy is nowhere more evident than with Michael Jackson, in whom minstrelsy's gestures and tropes are embedded. The author further contends...