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Music Library Browse/Research Guides: Ethnomusicology


The study of social and cultural aspects of music and dance in local and global contexts. Specialists are trained primarily in anthropology and in music, but the multidisciplinary nature of the subject leads to different interpretations. (Grove's)

Eastern European Music

B. Bartok. Bela Bartók studies in ethnomusicology (University of Nebraska Press, 1997) ML3580 .B37 1997

M. Beregovski. Jewish instrumental folk music : the collections and writings of Moshe Beregovski (Syracuse, 2001) ML548 .B47x 2001

S.C. Downes. Music and decadence in European modernism : the case of Central and Eastern Europe (Cambridge, 2010)
ML240.4 .D69 2010

T. Rice: May It Fill Your Soul: Experiencing Bulgarian Music (Chicago and London, 1994) ML3602 R5 1994

Western European Music

G.W. Stocking, Jnr., ed.: The Ethnographer’s Magic: Fieldwork in British Anthropology from Tylor to Malinowski’, Observers Observed: Essays on Ethnographic Fieldwork, ed. G.W. Stocking Jnr. (Madison, 1983), 70–120. GN1 .H5x v.1

Latin American and South American Music

G. Béhague. Music in Latin America. (Prentice-Hall, 1979). ML199 B44

M. Brill. Music of Latin America and the Caribbean  (Prentice Hall/Pearson, 2011).  ML199 .B75 2011

A guide to the music of Latin America. (Library of Congress, 1962). ML120 .S7 C47 1972

J. A. Orrego-Salas. Involvement with music : Music in Latin America (Harper, 1976).  ML3572 O7x I5

N.Slonimsky. Music of Latin America (Da Capo Press, 1972).  ML199 S55 1972

N. Sublette. Cuba and Its Music. (Chicago Review Press, 2004). ML207.C8 S83 2004

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Ethnomusicology--Selected Bibliography and Literature

A.J. Ellis: On the Musical Scales of Various Nations’, Journal of the Society of Arts, xxxiii (1885), 485–527 Available Online

A. Haddon: Journal (Cambridge, 1888–89)

A.P. Merriam: The Anthropology of Music (Evanston, IL, 1964) ML3797 M49

B. Nettl: Theory and Method in Ethnomusicology (London, 1964) ML3797 N48

J. Kunst: Ethnomusicology (Amsterdam, 1950) ML3797 K8 1959

M. Hood: The Ethnomusicologist (New York, 1971, 2/1982) ML3798 H66 1982

P. Manuel: Popular Musics of the Non-Western World (Oxford and New York, 1988) ML3470 M33 1980

R. Schechner and W. Appel: By Means of Performance (Cambridge, 1990/R1991) PN2039 B9 1990

Comparative Musicology and Anthropology of Music, eds. B. Nettl and P.V. Bohlman (Chicago, 1991) ML3799 C69 1991

S. Blum, P.V. Bohlman and D.M. Neuman, eds.: Ethnomusicology and Modern Music History (Urbana, 1991) ML3799 E83 1991

Creativity/Anthropology, eds. S. Lavie, K. Narayan and R. Rosaldo (New York, 1993) GN453 .C74 1993

The Cultural Studies Reader, ed. S. During (London 1993/R1994) 

P. Berliner: Thinking in Jazz: the Infinite Art of Improvization (Chicago, 1994) ML3506 .B475 1994

C. Keil and S. Feld: Music Grooves (Chicago, 1994) ML60 K26 1994

J. Blacking: Music, Culture and Experience (Chicago, 1995) ML60 B63 1995

African Music

A.A. Agordoh. African music: traditional and contemporary. (Nova Science Publishers, 2005) ML350 .A359 2005


V.K. Agawu. Representing African music: postcolonial notes, queries, positions. (Routledge, 2003) ML350 .A355 2003

M. Floyd. Composing the music of Africa : composition, interpretation, and realisation. (Ashgate, 1999) ML350.1 .C66 1999

R. Graham. The world of African music. (Research Associates, 1992) RMU ML3502.5 .G73 1992

J.H. Kwabena Nketia. Ethnomusicology and African music : collected papers. Volume 1, Modes of inquiry & interpretation. (Afram Publications, 2003) ML3760 .N623x 2005

A.P. Merriam. African music in perspective. (Garland, 1982) ML350.1 M47 1982

I. Monson. African diaspora: a musical perspective. (Routledge, 2003) ML3760.1 .A37 2003


M. Palmberg and A. Kirkegaard. Playing with identities in contemporary music in Africa. (2002) ML350.5 .P53x 2002
C. Waterman: Juju, A Social History and Ethnography of an African Popular Music (Chicago, 1990) ML3503.N6 W4 1990

Asian Music

L.H. Chang. From Confucius to Kublai Khan: music and poetics through the centuries. (Institute of Medieval Music, 1993) ML3849 C5x 1993

K.J. DeWoskin. Song for one or two: music and the concept of art in early China. (University of Michigan, 1982) DS701 .M5x no.41-42 [NOT in the music stacks, 3rd floor West]

F.F. Feliciano. Four Asian contemporary composers : the influence of tradition in their works. (New Day Publishers, 1983) ML330.5 F44 1983

R.H. van Gulik. Lore of the Chinese lute; an essay in the ideology of the Ch'in. (Tokyo, 1969) ML531 G87 L6 1969

R.C. Kraus. Pianos and politics in China : middle-class ambitions and the struggle over western music. (Oxford, 1989) ML336.5 K72 1989

C. Kuo. Chinese art song: a melodic analysis. (Hwa Kang Press, 1972) ML3746 .K86

F.A. Kuttner. Archaeology of music in ancient China: 2000 years of acoustical experimentation, 1400 B.C.-A.D. 750 (Paragon House, 1990) ML336.2 K88 1990

M. Liang. Music of the billion: an introduction to Chinese musical culture. (New York, 1985) ML336 L5x 1985

R.C. Pian. Sonq dynasty musical sources and their interpretation. (Harvard, 1967) ML336.2 P5

L.E.R. Picken. Music from the Tang Court : a primary study of the original unpublished, Sino-Japanese manuscripts together with a survey of relevant historical sources, both Chinese and Japanese, and a full critical commentary (Cambridge: 1985) ML336.2 P53x 1985

H. Rees. Lives in Chinese music. (University of Illinois Press, 2009) ML385 .L54 2009

J.F. So. Music in the age of Confucius. (Washington, D.C., 2000) ML336.2 .M87 2000

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