Ethnomusicology: A Research and Information Guide

Ethnomusicology: A Research and Information Guide

Ethnomusicology: A Research and Information Guide

Ethnomusicology: A Research and Information Guide

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This guide for research in ethnomusicology directs users to resources for finding information in music and related fields, and provides annotated lists of selected current publications. Research in ethnomusicology shares ideas and methods with many academic disciplines, and embraces activities that are equally at home inside and outside of the academy. Ethnomusicologists are scholars, educators, performers, community advocates, filmmakers, museum curators, and media archivists. Research materials for their twenty-first century productions include articles and books, websites and blogs, video clips and documentary films, audio recordings, and field documentation published with commercial recordings and preserved in archives. Scholars and teachers in ethnomusicology demonstrate in their works and classrooms the importance of creating and maintaining seamless relationships between written and media sources, and some are equally focused on identification with both academic and public sector worlds. In-depth guides for research in ethnomusicology, therefore, need to reflect ethnomusicologists’ multifaceted landscapes and the creative roles they play in a discipline that continues to evolve.

Ethnomusicology is linked historically to comparative musicology, one of the subdivisions of systematic musicology adopted in the late nineteenth century and explored in the early decades of the twentieth century. In Europe, the work of Alexander Ellis, Carl Stumpf, Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály, Constantin Brailoiu, Erich von Hornbostel, Curt Sachs, and others contributed to its development through their own historical, comparative, theoretical, and analytical studies. In 1950 Jaap Kunst offered a publication titled Musicologica: A Study of the Nature of Ethno-Musicology, Its Problems, Methods and Representative Persona lities (Amsterdam: Indisch Instituut, 1950) that outlines the history of a newly named discipline and identified the research of comparative musicologists within the field. The establishment of the US-based Society for Ethnomusicology in 1955, led by . . .

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