Folk & Traditional Music of the Western Continents

The folk & traditional music of Europe, Africa & the Americas explored.

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aboriginal America. Finally, the areas covered here can perhaps be thought to have produced about half of the world's music and musi­cal styles, if such concepts can be quantified at all On the other hand, there is not much unity but there is a tremendous variety of musical styles, values, functions, and instruments in the part of the world that is the subject of this volume.
Our approach is essentially geographic. After two chapters dealing with the general characteristics of traditional music and its cultural context, and with some of the methods used to study folk music, we devote four chapters to Europe, one to sub-Saharan Africa, and three to the Americas. It has been impossible, of course, to survey comprehensively the music of each area, nation, and tribe, and we must content ourselves with examples of the kinds of musi­cal styles that are found, and with sampling the types of songs that are sung, the various uses to which music is put, and the plethora of instruments past and present. The musical examples are intended to illustrate points made in the text rather than to serve as a representa­tive anthology of musical forms; but most of the things discussed are musically illustrated, and a few of the most important and un­usual instruments are depicted.
I should like to express my thanks to the various publishers, collectors, and authors who have given permission to quote musical and textual material; individual credit is given with each quotation. I am indebted to William P. Malm for advice and criticism and for arranging to have the exquisite line drawings of instruments made by the prominent Japanese artist Masakazu Kuwata. I am also grate­ful to H. Wiley Hitchcock for advice and guidance and to my wife for technical assistance.

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