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'Common-Sense View of All Music'

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ISBN-10: 0521319242

ISBN-13: 9780521319249

Edition: N/A

Authors: John Blacking

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aking Grainger's views as his starting point and heading each chapter with a quotation from Grainger's writings, John Blacking restates and reflects upon observations and attitudes relevant to contemporary problems of ethnomusicology and music education. Professor Blacking discusses these issues in the light of his own research, musical experience and convictions. 'For those who wish to question current thought and practice in Western musical life and education, Blacking's testimony will be essential reading.' -- Music Teacher 'The first chapter ... evaluates Grainger's contribution to ethnomusicology ... through the succeeding six chapters Blacking discusses many philosophical and…    
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List price: $39.99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/24/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

John Blacking was born October 28, 1928, in Guilford, Surrey, England. With his family he moved to Salisbury, Wiltshire, at age three, where he received his early education and exposure to music at the Salisbury Cathedral Choir School. Blacking obtained a degree in archaeology and anthropology from Kings College Cambridge in 1953. He spent a large part of his life doing fieldwork in countries around the globe. In addition to being a well-known and well-respected professor of social anthropology and gaining professorships in England and Africa before eventually settling in the United States, Blacking was also an ethnomusicologist: He was interested in the relationship between music and…    

'The complexity of folk music': evolution, invention and diffusion in music
'The impress of personality in unwritten music': music as a means of communication and ethnomusicology as social science
'Irregular rhythms': movement, dance, music and ritual
'The world's most lovely melodies': form and feeling in unwritten music
Democratic polyphony: political and musical freedom
'the goal of musical progress': music as work or as leisure?
'Let all the world hear all the world's music': popular music-making and music education
A common sense view of all music Percy Grainger
Musical transcription Percy Grainger