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Music and the Armenian diaspora : searching for home in exile

Author: Sylvia Alajaji
Publisher: Bloomington ; Indianapolis : Indiana University Press, [2015] ©2015
Series: Public cultures of the Middle East and North Africa.; Ethnomusicology multimedia.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Survivors of the Armenian genocide of 1915 and their descendants have used music to adjust to a life in exile and counter fears of obscurity. In this nuanced and richly detailed study, Sylvia Angelique Alajaji shows how the boundaries of Armenian music and identity have been continually redrawn: from the identification of folk music with an emergent Armenian nationalism under Ottoman rule to the early postgenocide  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sylvia Alajaji
ISBN: 9780253017550 0253017556 9780253017611 0253017610
OCLC Number: 904756051
Description: xix, 192 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Ottoman Empire, 1890-1915 --
New York, 1932-1958 --
Beirut, 1932-1958 --
Beirut, 1958-1980 --
California.
Series Title: Public cultures of the Middle East and North Africa.; Ethnomusicology multimedia.
Responsibility: Sylvia Angelique Alajaji.

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Survivors of the Armenian genocide of 1915 and their descendants have used music to adjust to a life in exile and counter fears of obscurity. In this nuanced and richly detailed study, Sylvia Angelique Alajaji shows how the boundaries of Armenian music and identity have been continually redrawn: from the identification of folk music with an emergent Armenian nationalism under Ottoman rule to the early postgenocide diaspora community of Armenian musicians in New York, a more self-consciously nationalist musical tradition that emerged in Armenian communities in Lebanon, and more recent clashes over music and politics in California. Alajaji offers a critical look at the complex and multilayered forces that shape identity within communities in exile, demonstrating that music is deeply enmeshed in these processes. Multimedia components available online include video and audio recordings to accompany each case study [Publisher description]

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[S]omeone familiar with the path of the Armenian peoples-their various cultures, histories, and experiences in multiple contexts-would approach this book with apprehension and care, hopingand perhaps Read more...

 
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