OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Folk Music: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780195395020

Price(incl.tax): 
¥1,628
Author: 
Mark Slobin
Pages
160 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
116 x 174 mm
Pub date
Nov 2010
Series
Very Short Introductions

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  • The first short introduction to folk music with global coverage

  
This stimulating Very Short Introduction throws open the doors on a remarkably diverse musical genre, with a world-wide reach that goes far beyond America's shores to discuss folk music of every possible kind and in every corner of the globe. Written by award-winning ethnomusicologist Mark Slobin this is the first compact introduction to folk music that offers a truly global perspective. Slobin offers an extraordinarily generous portrait of folk music, one that embraces a Russian wedding near the Arctic Circle, a group song in a small rainforest village in Brazil, and an Uzbek dance tune in Afghanistan. He looks in detail at three poignant songs from three widely separated regions—northern Afghanistan, Jewish Eastern Europe, and the Anglo-American world—with musical notation and lyrics included. He goes on to sketch out the turbulent times of folk music today and tomorrow, confronting new possibilities, frameworks, and challenges.

Index: 

List of illustrations
Preface

1. Overview: sound and setting
2. Close-up: songs, strums, and ceremonies
3. Intellectual intervention
4. Collecting and circulating
5. Internal upsurge: movements and stars
6. Folk music today and tomorrow
References
Further reading
Index

About the author: 

Mark Slobin is Professor of Music at Wesleyan University, a two-time winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, and former president of the Society for Ethnomusicology.

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