Folk & Traditional Music of the Western Continents

An exploration of the folk & traditional music of Europe, Africa & America.

Original book of 200+ pages by BRUNO NETTL University of Illinois

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This book explores in detail a body of music called ethnic, folk, or "traditional," as it is found in Europe, most of Africa, and the Americas. This music consists essentially of two groups: 1) folk music, which is found in those areas in which there is also a develop­ment of urban, professionalized, cultivated classical music, and 2) primitive music, which is the music of the nonliterate cultures, those that do not have a tradition of sophisticated musical culture living alongside the musical folk culture.

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