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MUSA 11 - Writing American Indian Music

MUSA 11

Writing American Indian Music: Historic Transcriptions, Notations, and Arrangements
Edited by Victoria Lindsay Levine

This edition explores the history of musical contact, interaction, and exchange between American Indians and Euramericans, as documented in musical transcriptions, notations, and arrangements. The edition contributes to an understanding of American music that reflects our cultural reality, by depicting the reciprocal influences among Native Americans, scholars, composers, and educators, and by illustrating some of the consequences of the encounter for American musical life in general. Culled from a published record of over 8,000 songs, this edition contains 116 musical examples reproduced in facsimile. These include the earliest attempts to represent tribal music in European notation, archetypal transcriptions in the scholarly literature of ethnomusicology, and recent contributions by contemporary scholars. Some of the notations included in the edition inspired composers in search of a distinctively American musical idiom to write works based on American Indian melodies. Other notations presented here captured the imagination of generations of school children, whose concept of American cultural and musical identity became intimately connected with American Indians. Native scholars, educators, and indigenous notations, and recent compositions by native composers working in the classical vein are also represented in this volume. As a compendium of historic materials, the edition thus illustrates the development of Euramerican attitudes and approaches to American Indian musics, the infusion of native musics into American musical culture, and native responses to and participation in the enterprise.

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