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This volume examines the perception of music’s past, in all its historical, geographical and cultural breadth. The wide-ranging collection of papers address the interpretation of past music cultures from the earliest records of antiquity until the present.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61143-669-3
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Publication Date: Nov 16,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 215
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61143-669-3
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This volume examines the perception of music’s past, in all its historical, geographical and cultural breadth. The wide-ranging collection of papers address the interpretation of past music cultures from the earliest records of antiquity until the present. Geographical coverage focuses on Europe, Latin America, Greece and the Near East.

The studies presented here highlight the extent to which music archaeology has been a flourishing field of research since at least the mid-nineteenth century until the present. Many of the topics discussed, especially the nineteenth century scholars, are largely unknown within either musicology or archaeology. Such early studies contextualise the history and background through which the contemporary discipline of music archaeology emerged. Secondly, such early enquiries into music’s earliest archaeology and history contribute towards an understanding of wider cultural and musical history in the nineteenth/early twentieth centuries, and by extension, the context in which the modern disciplines of musicology and ethnomusicology originated. As a complement to such studies, critical enquiries into ancient Greek historiography, early modern music outside Europe, and contemporary perspectives on music archaeology, are offered.

This volume examines the perception of music’s past, in all its historical, geographical and cultural breadth. The wide-ranging collection of papers address the interpretation of past music cultures from the earliest records of antiquity until the present. Geographical coverage focuses on Europe, Latin America, Greece and the Near East.

The studies presented here highlight the extent to which music archaeology has been a flourishing field of research since at least the mid-nineteenth century until the present. Many of the topics discussed, especially the nineteenth century scholars, are largely unknown within either musicology or archaeology. Such early studies contextualise the history and background through which the contemporary discipline of music archaeology emerged. Secondly, such early enquiries into music’s earliest archaeology and history contribute towards an understanding of wider cultural and musical history in the nineteenth/early twentieth centuries, and by extension, the context in which the modern disciplines of musicology and ethnomusicology originated. As a complement to such studies, critical enquiries into ancient Greek historiography, early modern music outside Europe, and contemporary perspectives on music archaeology, are offered.

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Contributor Biography

Sam Mirelman

Sam Mirelman is Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He holds an MMus from King's College London and a Ph.D. (music) from SUNY Buffalo. He has written extensively on music archaeology, and especially the music of the ancient Near East.

  • Table of Contents (page 5)
  • Preface (page 7)
  • Remembering Music in Early Greece by John C. Franklin (page 9)
  • Interpreting Non-European Perceptions and Representations of Early modern European Music by David R. M. Irving (page 51)
  • From Music Archaeology to Historiography: Andean Music Archaeology and Musical Instruments, Singing and Dancing in Guaman Poma's "Nueva Cronica y Bien Gobierno" by Ellen Hickmann (page 59)
  • Music-Archaeological Research on Pre-Columbian Music Cultures, 1880-1920 by Arnd Adje Both (page 85)
  • Antiquarians, Archaeologists and Music in Nineteenth Century London: Early Conversations in Music's Prehistory by Graeme Lawson (page 115)
  • The False Decipherment of Cuneiform 'Notation' in the Early Twentieth Century by Sam Mirelman (page 143)
  • Studies of Ancient Nordic Music, 1915-1940 by Gjermund Kolltveit (page 153)
  • Music Archaeology in Scandinavia, 1800-1990 by Cajsa S. Lund (page 185)
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