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Music in primitive culture

Author: Bruno Nettl
Publisher: Cambridge : Harvard University Press, 1956.
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Genre/Form: Music
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Nettl, Bruno, 1930-
Music in primitive culture.
Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1956
(OCoLC)619981776
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bruno Nettl
OCLC Number: 362982
Description: xviii, 182 pages, music (16 pages) ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. The role of music in primitive culture [The functions of primitive music --
Musical specialization within primitive groups --
Techniques of composition --
The process of evaluation --
The relationship of music and language] --
3. The development and disciplines of ethnomusicology [The development of ethnomusicology --
Theories and methods of research] --
4. Scale and melody [Construction and types of scales --
Melodic range, contour, and intervals --
Other characteristics of primitive melodies --
Theory of tonal organization --
Summary] --
5. Rhythm and form [The definition and origin of rhythm --
Rhythmic organization --
Classifications of form --
The meaning of "complexity" --
Other aspects of form --
Conclusions] --
6. Polyphony [Definition of primitive polyphony --
Theories on origin --
Heterophony --
Parallel intervals --
Imitation --
Other types of polyphony --
Conclusions] --
7. Musical instruments [Classifications of instruments --
Theories of instrument distribution --
Case studies --
Determining the age of instruments --
Instrument symbolism] --
8. American primitive music north of Mexico [The Eskimo-Northwest Coast music area --
The Great Basin music area --
The California-Yuman music area --
The Plains-Pueblo music area --
The Athabascan music area --
The Eastern music area --
Chronological development of American Indian music] --
9. African and New World Negro music [The background of African music --
The origins of New World Negro music --
New World Negro music today] --
10. Primitive music in perspective [Theories on the origin of music --
Reconstructing the history of primitive music] --
Annotated bibliography --
Notes --
Index --
Examples of primitive music.
Responsibility: by Bruno Nettl.

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