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  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-91828-1
  • 528 pages
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    Exploring Music in a Changing World

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    Kay Kaufman Shelemay (Author, Harvard University)


    Listening without boundaries—Total Access to the music of the world.

    Music doesn’t stop at the border, and neither should your textbook. This text gives students a global sense of music and its significance across cultures by introducing them to a diverse repertoire and developing listening skills applicable to all music. An accessible three-part model for listening—sound, setting, and significance—facilitates comparisons of various musical styles and meanings, and with Total Access, Soundscapes provides the digital resources students need to discover new music in a digitally connected world.


    A global approach to music across cultures

    Soundscapes helps students listen to all music and understand its place in an interconnected world. Using a cross-cultural framework and a three-part organization—Listening to Music, Transmitting Music, and Understanding Music—the book presents music as an ever-changing, geographically unrestrained form of human expression. New video excerpts from all over the world give students the opportunity to contextualize music within its own culture while making connections to the music in their own lives. The book’s three-part model for listening—sound, setting, and significance—gives students a framework for listening to all music, how it functions in people’s lives, and how they consume it. 

    Diverse repertoire offering exposure to a wealth of music

    This edition balances coverage of traditional, classical, and popular styles of music from every region of the world. An expanded repertoire—85 Listening Guides featuring 13 new works—provides a comprehensive look at a range of cultures and traditions. Highlights include new works on jazz, Cape Verdean dance, Brazilian capoeira, Ethiopian chant, a classical string quartet, a Creole two-step, and karaoke. Updated case studies expand on previous editions’ global outlook, and a new world map places each Listening Guide in its appropriate geographic location.  

    An emphasis on listening enhances understanding

    Music fundamentals are presented from a global perspective. An Indian raga is used to introduce intervals, while rhythm and meter are illustrated by comparing a four-beat, straight-ahead rhyming Bahamian spiritual with Dave Brubeck’s nine-beat Blue Rondo à la Turk. In-Text Listening Guides feature What to Listen For boxes highlighting essential features of each work, and concise headnotes with recording dates, performers, composers, forms, and functions. Interactive Listening Guides—compatible with mobile devices—allow students to focus on essential features as they listen online anytime, anywhere. 

    Accessible text, streamlined design, and engaging pedagogy make learning easier than ever

    Further Fieldwork assignments encourage students’ own field research, both digitally and within their own communities. New Try It Out exercises bring music to life through interaction with various traditions, from making a Brazilian berimbau to clapping Indian tala. Refreshed full-color art—35% new to this edition—emphasizes music’s visual role in dance, traditional dress, concert design, and advertising, while individual portraits introduce students to globally influential musicians. New portraits include the Boston Camerata, Ethiopian Church Musicians, and Lei Liang. A pronunciation guide for all foreign terms, Looking Back timelines emphasizing historical context, and end-of-chapter recommendations for Reading, Viewing, and Listening further aid students in exploring outside the classroom. 

    With Total Access, all the media resources students need to succeed

    Students can access streaming music, a media-rich ebook, outstanding Interactive Listening Guides for every work featured in the text, video excerpts in every chapter, and chapter and listening quizzes. 

      Introduction: What Is a Soundscape?
          The Throat Singers of Tuva
          David Hykes and the Harmonic Chant

      Part 1. Listening to Music
          1. Sound: The Materials of Music
          2. Setting: The Study of Local Musics
               Accra, Ghana
               Mumbai, India
               Boston, U.S.A.
      3. Significance: Music’s Meaning in Everyday Life
               South Indian Raga Nilambari
               The Quinceañera
               Bagpipe Music

      Part 2. Transmitting Music
          4. Music and Migration
               The Chinese Migration
               Arab Migration from the Middle East
               African Forced Migrations
               The Vietnamese Migration
          5. Music and Memory
               The Corrido
               The Jazz Funeral
               The Syrian Jewish Pizmon
          6. Music, Mobility, and the Global Marketplace
               Transmitting the Hawaiian Sound
               New Music for Balinese Gamelan
               Traveling the Silk Road

      Part 3. Understanding Music
          7. Music and Dance
               The Union of Dance and Martial Art in Capoeira
               Moving through Time and Space with Bhangra
               The Tango
          8. Music and Ritual
               Tibetan Buddhist Chant
               Ethiopian Christian Chant
          9. Music and Politics
               The Birth of a National Anthem
               The Shoshone Powwow
          10. Music and Identity
               The Intercultural Music of Composer Lei Liang
               The Multiple Meanings of Karaoke
               Multiple Identities in Cajun and Zydeco Musics


      * indicates repertoire that is new to this edition.

      Artii-Sayir ("The Fare Side of a Dry Riverbed," kargyraa khoomii)
      *New York Church Bells and Traffic. New York City (environmental soundmark)
      *Interlude: Ciblon (“Water Play”)
      Demonstration: The role of harmonics in determining sound quality
      *Harmonic Opening (harmonic chant)
      Katajjaq on the syllable “hamma” (Inuit vocal game)
      My Beautiful Hangai Land (Mongolian long song)
      Wreck of the Old 97 (traditional American folk song)
      Mbuti musical bow
      Mwen Boyko Samb (steel drums from Dominica)
      Anush Garun ("Sweet Spring," Armenian duduk)
      Rag Des (North Indian sitar)
      Bushfire (didjeridu from Northern Australia)
      Lenëën Bàkk (Wolof sabar drum rhythm)
      Time (song from Andros Island, Bahamas)
      *Blue Rondo à la Turk (jazz)
      Lenëën (Senegalese mbalax)
      Wannian hua ("Eternal Flowers," Lijiang, China)
      Sama'i Bayyati
      *Geographical Fugue
      Agbadza (Ewe song and dance)
      Atumpan (talking drum from Denkyira state in southwestern Ghana)
      Jay Ganesh ("Praise Ganesh")
      Mum-bhai (rap song)
      Sikuri (traditional Peruvian melody)
      The Ballad of Buddy McClean (Irish American ballad)
      Fado Lisboeta (Portuguese ballad)
      *Riberonzinha ("Riberonzinha," Cape Verdean dance song)
      Taruna Jaya ("Victorious Youth")
      The M.T.A. Song (political campaign song)
      Barbara Allen (Anglo-American Ballad, a traditional performance)
      Barbara Allen (English ballad)
      Araro Ariraro (South Indian lullaby)
      Amba Nilambari ("Oh, Mother Clad in Blue")
      Tema para Quinceañera (mariachi song)
      Scotland the Brave (march)
      Canntaireachd (Scottish mouth music)
      Queen of the Rushes (Irish jig)
      Lament for Mary MacLeod (Scottish pibroch)
      Ng Bak Loi Gimsaan ("Uncle Ng Comes to the Gold Mountain," Chinese muyu)
      Wakef 'ala shat baher ("Standing on the Shore," Arab song)
      Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen (African American spiritual)
      A Thousand Miles From Home (Ca Hue, Vietnamese chamber music)
      Ru (Vietnamese lullaby played on dan bau)
      Ai Vo Xu Hue Thi Vo ("Come to Hue, Come," lullaby in the fashion of ru)
      Ai Di Tren Dam Duong Truong ("Who Is Walking on the Endless Road," work song in the fashion of a ho)
      Gregorio Cortez (Mexican American corrido)
      *When the Saints Go Marching In (spiritual)
      Attah El Kabbir ("You, God, Are Mighty," Syrian Jewish pizmon)
      Mifalot Elohim ("The Works of God," pizmon)
      The Wheat Song (Egyptian film song)
      Ramach Evarai ("Let My Whole Being Testify," pizmon)
      Samoan Moon (Hawaiian song)
      Kembang Pencak ("Flowering Pencak," composition for gamelan and male chorus)
      Kekembangan (composition for gamelan)
      Xiao Yue Er Gao ("High Little Moon")
      Mido Mountain (folk song arrangement)
      *Rei Zumbi dos Palmares (capoeira)
      Jhummar (traditional bhangra rhythm)
      Aao Nachiye ("Come Let's Dance," bhangra)
      La Cumparsita (tango)
      La Cumparsita (tango song)
      Adiós Nonino (new tango)
      Melody for Mahakala (Tibetan chant, excerpt)
      Changó (toque from a Santería service)
      Excerpt from an Ethiopian Christmas ritual
      Yome fesseha kone ("There Is Joy Today," Ethiopian Christmas chant sung by Liqa Berhanu)
      *Yome fesseha kone (“There Is Joy Today,” Ethiopian Christmas chant, performed by Father Tsehai)
      *Yome fesseha kone (“There Is Joy Today”, Ethiopian Christmas chant, taught by Father Tsehai in a class at Harvard)
      Kasamay waradat ("He Descended from Heaven," Ethiopian Sunday School song)
      Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika (South African hymn)
      The New South African National Anthem
      Get Up, Stand Up (reggae)
      Shoshone Flag Song
      Flag Song for Desert Storm (Blackfoot Flag Song)
      War Dance Song No. 9 (Shoshone War Dance)
      *Gobi Gloria for String Quartet
      Kata Shigiri (prelude or postlude for Japanese kabuki theater)
      Ringo Oiwake (Japanese enka)
      *Sweet Caroline
      Allons à Lafayette ("Let's Go to Lafayette," Cajun song)
      Zydeco Sont Pas Salé ("The Beans Are Not Salty," zydeco song)
      C'est Moi ("It's Me," zydeco song)
      *Creole Cowboy Two-Step
      Bai Tango Cho Em ("A Tango for You," Vietnamese karaoke song)


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