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Steel Drums and Steelbands: A History

by Angela Smith

Steel Drums and Steelbands: A History is a vivid account of the events that led to the “accidental” invention of the steel drum: the only acoustic musical instrument invented in the 20th century. Angela...


Americana Classics - Strum Together

by Hal Leonard Corp.

(Strum Together). This new, easy-to-use format features melody, lyrics, and chord diagrams for five popular folk instruments: standard ukulele, baritone ukulele, guitar, mandolin, and banjo. Enjoy strumming...


Louise Talma: A Life in Composition

by Kendra Preston Leonard

Louise Talma (1906-1996) was the first female winner of two back-to-back Guggenheim Awards, the first American woman to have an opera premiered in Europe, the first female winner of the Sibelius Award for Composition,...


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": Víctor 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...


Taarab Music in Zanzibar in the Twentieth Century: A Story of 'Old is Gold' and Flying Spirits

by Janet Topp Fargion

The musical genre of taarab is played for entertainment at weddings and other festive occasions all along the Swahili Coast in East Africa. In this study Janet Topp Fargion traces the development of the genre...


Korean Musical Drama: P'ansori and the Making of Tradition in Modernity

by Haekyung Um

P'ansori is the quintessential traditional Korean musical drama, in which epic tales are sung and narrated by a solo singer accompanied by a drummer. Drawing on her extensive research in Korea and its diasporas,...


The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, Vol. 3

by Francis James Child

This definitive 19th-century collection compiles all the extant ballads with all known variants and features Child's commentary for each work. Volume III includes Parts V and VI of the original set — ballads...


The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, Vol. 1

by Francis James Child

This classic 19th-century survey offers absolute fidelity to original texts as well as invaluable commentary by Francis James Child. Volume 1 includes Parts I and II of the original set — ballads 1-53.


The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, Vol. 4

by Francis James Child

This definitive 19th-century collection compiles all the extant ballads with all known variants and features Child's commentary for each work. Volume IV includes Parts VII and VIII of the original set — ballads...


The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, Vol. 2

by Francis James Child

This definitive 19th-century collection compiles all the extant ballads with all known variants and features Child's commentary for each work. Volume II includes Parts III & IV of the original set — ballads...


The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, Vol. 5

by Francis James Child

This 19th-century collection compiles all the extant ballads with all known variants and features Child's commentaries. Includes Parts IX and X of the original set — ballads 266-305 — plus indexes, glossary....


Traditional Songs of the Maori

by Mervyn McLean & Margaret Orbell

This classic study of indigenous Polynesian music, conducted in the 1960s, includes a survey of traditional songs in different styles that embody the fundamental values of Maori culture in New Zealand. Musical...


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...