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Books > Music > Folk music

What Makes Music European - Looking beyond Sound (Hardcover): Marcello Sorce Keller What Makes Music European - Looking beyond Sound (Hardcover)
Marcello Sorce Keller
R2,102 Discovery Miles 21 020 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

We seldom consider how much we mistakenly presume in hewing to definitions of music that differ dramatically from the standpoint of other cultures. In What Makes Music European, Marcello Sorce Keller examines the limitations of accepted wisdom about the concept of music in Euro-Western culture. His investigations of the conclusions reached by music researchers of the past several decades considerably upsets the concepts relied upon by the concert-going public. Sorce Keller insightfully asks: Who makes the music? Should music be original, and how much can it be? Why do people identify with songs, pieces, styles, and repertoire? Why is music so ideological? Why do we misunderstand the music of different times and places, and why do we enjoy doing so? He also explores the juxtaposition of economy, society, and music making, as well as the concept of "illegal harmonies." In What Makes Music European, Sorce Keller addresses the little-discussed matters that are essential to an understanding of how music intersects with the life of so many people. Readers are offered an approach for thinking about music that depends as much on its history as on the concepts and attitudes of the social sciences. What Makes Music European concisely demonstrates, to those familiar with Western music, how peculiar Euro-Western concepts of music appear from a cross-cultural perspective. At the same time, it encourages ethnomusicologists to apply their knowledge to Western music and explain to its public how much of what listeners take for granted is, at the very least, highly debatable.

Origenes de la Habanera - La contradanza y el tango en Cuba (Spanish, Paperback): Arsenio Rodriguez Quintana Origenes de la Habanera - La contradanza y el tango en Cuba (Spanish, Paperback)
Arsenio Rodriguez Quintana
R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
The Individual and Tradition - Folkloristic Perspectives (Paperback): Ray Cashman, Tom Mould, Pravina Shukla The Individual and Tradition - Folkloristic Perspectives (Paperback)
Ray Cashman, Tom Mould, Pravina Shukla
R723 R347 Discovery Miles 3 470 Save R376 (52%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Profiles of artists and performers from around the world form the basis of this innovative volume that explores the many ways individuals engage with, carry on, revive, and create tradition. Leading scholars in folklore studies consider how the field has addressed the connections between performer and tradition and examine theoretical issues involved in fieldwork and the analysis and dissemination of scholarship in the context of relationships with the performers. Honoring Henry Glassie and his remarkable contributions to the field of folklore, these vivid case studies exemplify the best of performer-centered ethnography.

The Late Victorian Folksong Revival - The Persistence of English Melody, 1878-1903 (Hardcover): E. David Gregory The Late Victorian Folksong Revival - The Persistence of English Melody, 1878-1903 (Hardcover)
E. David Gregory
R2,297 Discovery Miles 22 970 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

In The Late Victorian Folksong Revival: The Persistence of English Melody, 1878-1903, E. David Gregory provides a reliable and comprehensive history of the birth and early development of the first English folksong revival. Continuing where Victorian Songhunters, his first book, left off, Gregory systematically explores what the Late Victorian folksong collectors discovered in the field and what they published for posterity, identifying differences between the songs noted from oral tradition and those published in print. In doing so, he determines the extent to which the collectors distorted what they found when publishing the results of their research in an era when some folksong texts were deemed unsuitable for "polite ears." The book provides a reliable overall survey of the birth of a movement, tracing the genesis and development of the first English folksong revival. It discusses the work of more than a dozen song-collectors, focusing in particular on three key figures: the pioneer folklorist in the English west country, Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould; Frank Kidson, who greatly increased the known corpus of Yorkshire song; and Lucy Broadwood, who collected mainly in the counties of Sussex and Surrey, and with Kidson and others, was instrumental in founding the Folk Song Society in the late 1890s. The book includes copious examples of the song tunes and texts collected, including transcriptions of nearly 300 traditional ballads, broadside ballads, folk lyrics, occupational songs, carols, shanties, and "national songs," demonstrating the abundance and high quality of the songs recovered by these early collectors.

Voices from the Canefields - Folksongs from Japanese Immigrant Workers in Hawai'i (Hardcover): Franklin Odo Voices from the Canefields - Folksongs from Japanese Immigrant Workers in Hawai'i (Hardcover)
Franklin Odo
R1,814 Discovery Miles 18 140 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Folk songs are short stories from the souls of common people. Some, like Mexican corridos or Scottish ballads, reworked in the Appalachias, are stories of tragic or heroic episodes. Others, like the African American blues, reach from a difficult present back into slavery and forward into a troubled future. Japanese workers in Hawaii's plantations created their own versions, in form more akin to their traditional tanka or haiku poetry. These holehole bushi describe the experiences of one particular group caught in the global movements of capital, empire, and labor during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In Voices from the Canefields author Franklin Odo situates over two hundred of these songs, in translation, in a hitherto largely unexplored historical context. Japanese laborers quickly comprised the majority of Hawaiian sugar plantation workers after their large-scale importation as contract workers in 1885. Their folk songs provide good examples of the intersection between local work/life and the global connection which the workers clearly perceived after arriving. While many are songs of lamentation, others reflect a rapid adaptation to a new society in which other ethnic groups were arranged in untidy hierarchical order - the origins of a unique multicultural social order dominated by an oligarchy of white planters. Odo also recognizes the influence of the immigrants' rapidly modernizing homeland societies through his exploration of the "cultural baggage" brought by immigrants and some of their dangerous notions of cultural superiority. Japanese immigrants were thus simultaneously the targets of intense racial and class vitriol even as they took comfort in the expanding Japanese empire. Engagingly written and drawing on a multitude of sources including family histories, newspapers, oral histories, the expressed perspectives of women in this immigrant society, and accounts from the prolific Japanese language press into the narrative, Voices from the Canefields will speak not only to scholars of ethnomusicology, migration history, and ethnic/racial movements, but also to a general audience of Japanese Americans seeking connections to their cultural past and the experiences of their most recently past generations.

Punk Aesthetics and New Folk - Way Down the Old Plank Road (Hardcover, New Ed): John Encarnacao Punk Aesthetics and New Folk - Way Down the Old Plank Road (Hardcover, New Ed)
John Encarnacao
R4,311 Discovery Miles 43 110 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Joanna Newsom, Will Oldham (a.k.a. 'Bonnie Prince Billy'), and Devendra Banhart are perhaps the best known of a generation of independent artists who use elements of folk music in contexts that are far from traditional. These (and other) so called 'new folk' artists challenge our notions of 'finished product' through their recordings, intrinsically guided by practices and rhetoric inherited from punk. This book traces a fractured trajectory that includes Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, Bob Dylan, psych-folk of the sixties (from Vashti Bunyan to John Fahey), lo-fi and outsider recordings (from Captain Beefheart and The Residents to Jandek, Daniel Johnston and Smog), and recent experimental folk (Animal Collective, Six Organs of Admittance, Charalambides) to contextualise the first substantial consideration of new folk. In the process, Encarnacao reviews the literature on folk and punk to argue that tropes of authenticity, though constructions, carry considerable power in the creation and reception of recorded works. New approaches to music require new analytical tools, and through the analysis of some 50 albums, Encarnacao introduces the categories of labyrinth, immersive and montage forms. This book makes a compelling argument for a reconsideration of popular music history that highlights the eternal compulsion for spontaneous, imperfect and performative recorded artefacts.

Flamenco Ukulele Solos (book 3) - 5 Flamenco solos for Low G ukulele (Paperback): Dave Brown Flamenco Ukulele Solos (book 3) - 5 Flamenco solos for Low G ukulele (Paperback)
Dave Brown
R143 Discovery Miles 1 430 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Wayne Howard - Old Time Music, the Hammons Family and Mountain Lore (Paperback): Lewis M. Stern Wayne Howard - Old Time Music, the Hammons Family and Mountain Lore (Paperback)
Lewis M. Stern
R888 Discovery Miles 8 880 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

From his birth in Owensboro, Kentucky, in 1947, to his 2020 album featuring the music of Lee Hammons, Wayne Howard has lived an exceptionally creative life. Howard seems to be eternally present at fiddle festivals, on the margins of old-time music gatherings, and ensconced in the circles of creative forces working to preserve and disseminate this archaic southern mountain music. In 1969, he relocated to West Virginia and, after being introduced to the Hammons family by Dwight Diller, Howard befriended the family and recorded Lee, Sherman, Burl, and Maggie Hammons playing music and telling stories. From there, Howard carved out a place for himself as a professional computer programmer, a vintage book collector and seller, and woodworker before turning his attention to writing about the Hammons family, and producing CDs from his reel-to-reel tapes of their stories and music for the Field Recorders' Collective. This biography follows the threads of music and folklore through Howard's life, celebrating his profound knowledge of the songs and songsters that does much to sustain the interest of those who seek out Appalachian tunes, songs, and stories.

Researching Secular Music and Dance in the Early United States - Extending the Legacy of Kate Van Winkle Keller (Hardcover):... Researching Secular Music and Dance in the Early United States - Extending the Legacy of Kate Van Winkle Keller (Hardcover)
Laura Lohman
R3,829 Discovery Miles 38 290 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

This book provides a practical introduction to researching and performing early Anglo-American secular music and dance with attention to their place in society. Supporting growing interest among scholars and performers spanning numerous disciplines, this book contributes quality new scholarship to spur further research on this overshadowed period of American music and dance. Organized in three parts, the chapters offer methodological and interpretative guidance and model varied approaches to contemporary scholarship. The first part introduces important bibliographic tools and models their use in focused examinations of individual objects of material musical culture. The second part illustrates methods of situating dance and its music in early American society as relevant to scholars working in multiple disciplines. The third part examines contemporary performance of early American music and dance from three distinct perspectives ranging from ethnomusicological fieldwork and phenomenology to the theatrical stage. Dedicated to scholar Kate Van Winkle Keller, this volume builds on her legacy of foundational contributions to the study of early American secular music, dance, and society. It provides an essential resource for all those researching and performing music and dance from the revolutionary era through the early nineteenth century.

American Square Dances Of The West And Southwest (Paperback): Lee Owens American Square Dances Of The West And Southwest (Paperback)
Lee Owens
R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Kalimba Easy Arrangements - 13 Schlaflieder / german Lullabies - Ohne Noten - No Music Notes + MP3-Sound Downloads (German,... Kalimba Easy Arrangements - 13 Schlaflieder / german Lullabies - Ohne Noten - No Music Notes + MP3-Sound Downloads (German, Paperback)
Bettina Schipp, Reynhard Boegl
R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Studies in Maltese Popular Music (Hardcover): Philip Ciantar Studies in Maltese Popular Music (Hardcover)
Philip Ciantar
R3,139 Discovery Miles 31 390 Ships in 10 - 20 work days

This book examines the diverse facets of popular music in Malta, paying special attention to ghana (Malta's folk song), the wind band tradition, and modern popular music. Ciantar provides intriguing discussions and examples of how popular music on this small Mediterranean island country interacts with other aspects of the island's life and culture such as language, religion, history, customs, and politics. Through a series of ethnographic vignettes, the book explores the music as it takes place in bars, at festivals, and during village celebrations, and considers how it is talked about in the local press, at group gatherings, and on social media. The ethnography adopted here is that of a native musician and ethnomusicologist and therefore marries the author's memories with ongoing observations and their evaluation.

Gypsy Music - The Balkans and Beyond (Paperback): Alan Ashton-Smith Gypsy Music - The Balkans and Beyond (Paperback)
Alan Ashton-Smith
R296 R247 Discovery Miles 2 470 Save R49 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

The figure of the gypsy is simultaneously vilified and romanticized. Gypsies have for centuries been associated with criminality and dirt, but also with colour, magic and music. Gypsy music is popular around the world, and is performed at occasions that include weddings in Bulgaria, jazz shows in Paris and festivals in the USA. Performers like Taraf de Haidouks and the Boban Markovic Orkestar remain popular for their more traditional sounds, while groups such as Gogol Bordello have gained new audiences with experimental and hybridized forms.The Balkans is home to the world's largest Romani populations and a major site of gypsy music production. But just as the traditionally nomadic Roma have travelled globally, so has their music, and gypsy music styles have roots and associations beyond the Balkans, including Russian Romani guitar music, flamenco, gypsy jazz and the more recent forms of gypsy punk and Balkan beats.Covering the thirteenth century to the present day, and with a geographical scope that ranges from rural Romania to New York by way of Budapest, Moscow and Andalusia, Gypsy Music reveals the remarkable diversity of this exuberant art form.

Traditional Slow Airs of Ireland - For Pennywhistle (Book): Tomas O Canainn Traditional Slow Airs of Ireland - For Pennywhistle (Book)
Tomas O Canainn
R427 Discovery Miles 4 270 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

This book is a major collection of traditional Irish slow airs that captures the essence and beauty of Irish traditional music. Included in the 118 airs that make up this fabulous compilation, are some of the great sean-nos (old style) airs as well as tunes by Caloran and other favorite and well-known pieces. Author Tomas O'Canainn has a lifetime of experience both performing and teaching Irish music and his selection of beautiful, soaring and majestic slow airs is ideal for extending your repertoire for any melody instrument. These relatively easy pieces are also suitable for those approaching Irish slow airs for the first time.

Choro - A Social History of a Brazilian Popular Music (Paperback): Tamara Elena Livingston, Thomas George Caracas Garcia Choro - A Social History of a Brazilian Popular Music (Paperback)
Tamara Elena Livingston, Thomas George Caracas Garcia
R577 R500 Discovery Miles 5 000 Save R77 (13%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Choro is a type of Brazilian popular music similar in background to the celebrated Cuban son of Buena Vista Social Club fame. Choro started in Rio de Janeiro as a fusion of African-based rhythms and structures with European instruments and dance forms. In the 20th century, it came to represent social and racial diversity in Brazil and was integrated into mainstream film, radio, and recordings throughout Latin America and Europe. It formed a basis for Brazilian jazz and influenced the music of Heitor Villa Lobos. Today choro is viewed as a type of popular folk/traditional music in its own right. Its history parallels that of race, class, and nationality in Brazil over the last 100 years.

Musiche per il Natale - pianoforte a 4 mani (Italian, Paperback): Ester Alessandrini Musiche per il Natale - pianoforte a 4 mani (Italian, Paperback)
Ester Alessandrini
R396 Discovery Miles 3 960 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
25 Piano Etudes in Idiomatic Styles (Paperback): Bruce Dudley 25 Piano Etudes in Idiomatic Styles (Paperback)
Bruce Dudley
R553 R464 Discovery Miles 4 640 Save R89 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Folksongs & Ballads Popular in Ireland Vol. 2 (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): John Loesburg Folksongs & Ballads Popular in Ireland Vol. 2 (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
John Loesburg
R171 R142 Discovery Miles 1 420 Save R29 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

(Music Sales America). Each volume features 50 complete songs with music, lyrics, guitar chords, and interesting background notes on the songs.

15 Easy Folksong Arrangements (Book): 15 Easy Folksong Arrangements (Book)
R358 R304 Discovery Miles 3 040 Save R54 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Barbara Allen; Greensleeves; How Can I Keep from Singing; Loch Lomond; Scarborough Fair; The Ash Grove; Water Is Wide

Due melodie inglesi - Greenleves e Madame Cole (Italian, Paperback): Ester Alessandrini Due melodie inglesi - Greenleves e Madame Cole (Italian, Paperback)
Ester Alessandrini
R404 Discovery Miles 4 040 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Music in My Life - Notes From a Longtime Fan (Paperback): Alec Wightman Music in My Life - Notes From a Longtime Fan (Paperback)
Alec Wightman
R537 Discovery Miles 5 370 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Tigers of a Different Stripe - Performing Gender in Dominican Music (Paperback): Sydney Hutchinson Tigers of a Different Stripe - Performing Gender in Dominican Music (Paperback)
Sydney Hutchinson
R837 Discovery Miles 8 370 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Tigers of a Different Stripe takes readers inside the unique world of merengue tipico, a traditional music of the Dominican Republic. While in most genres of Caribbean music women usually participate as dancers or vocalists, in merengue tipico they are more often instrumentalists and even bandleaders something nearly unheard of in the macho Caribbean music scene. Examining this cultural phenomenon, Sydney Hutchinson offers an unexpected and fascinating account of gender in Dominican art and life. Drawing on over a decade of fieldwork in the Dominican Republic and New York among musicians, fans, and patrons of merengue tipico not to mention her own experiences as a female instrumentalist Hutchinson details a complex nexus of class, race, and artistic tradition that unsettles the typical binary between the masculine and feminine. She sketches the portrait of the classic male figure of the tiguere, a dandified but sexually aggressive and street-smart "tiger," and she shows how female musicians have developed a feminine counterpart: the tiguera, an assertive, sensual, and respected female figure who looks like a woman but often plays and even sings like a man. Through these musical figures and studies of both straight and queer performers, she unveils rich ambiguities in gender construction in the Dominican Republic and the long history of a unique form of Caribbean feminism.

Selections from O Brother Where Art Thou? (Book): Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation Selections from O Brother Where Art Thou? (Book)
Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
R398 R328 Discovery Miles 3 280 Save R70 (18%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

This stellar collection contains banjo tab arrangements of 12 bluegrass/folk songs from this Grammy-winning Album of the Year. Includes: Angel Band * The Big Rock Candy Mountain * Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby * Down to the River to Pray * I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow * I Am Weary (Let Me Rest) * I'll Fly Away * In the Highways (I'll Be Somewhere Working for My Lord) * In the Jailhouse Now * Keep on the Sunny Side * and You Are My Sunshine, plus lyrics and a banjo notation legend.

The Man Who Recorded the World - A Biography of Alan Lomax (Paperback): John Szwed The Man Who Recorded the World - A Biography of Alan Lomax (Paperback)
John Szwed 1
R296 R247 Discovery Miles 2 470 Save R49 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

Writer, musicologist, archivist, singer, DJ, filmmaker, record, radio and TV producer, Alan Lomax was a man of many parts. Without him the history of popular music would have been very different. Armed with a tape-recorder and his own near-flawless good taste, Lomax spent years travelling the US, particularly the south, recording its heritage of music and song for posterity, bringing to light the talents of performers ranging from Jelly Roll Morton to Leadbelly and Muddy Waters, and crucially influencing generations of musicians from Pete Seeger to the Stones, from Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan. His influence continues: recordings made by Lomax are the core of the sound-tracks of Oh Brother, Where art Thou? and Gangs of New York, and even featured, remixed, on Moby's Play. John Szwed's biography is the first ever of this remarkable and contradictory man (whom he both knew and worked with for ten years); through it Szwed will tell the story of a musical and political era, as he did so successfully in his previous book on Miles Davis.

Charlie & His Banjo - The Story of Charlie Poole (Hardcover): Louise Wright Price Charlie & His Banjo - The Story of Charlie Poole (Hardcover)
Louise Wright Price; Illustrated by Benjamin Reid Phillips; Cover design or artwork by Sharon Tongbua
R577 Discovery Miles 5 770 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
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