Ma'luf: Reflections on the Arab Andalusian Music of Tunisia (Hardback)
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Ma'luf: Reflections on the Arab Andalusian Music of Tunisia (Hardback)

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Hardback 136 Pages / Published: 25/02/2005
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This is the only book in the English language on Tunisian music, or on any national tradition of Arab Andalusian music, and it is the only book in any language to survey changes in the ma'luf since its modern revival in the early 20th Century within the framework of social, political, and musical developments in Tunisia and the wider Middle East. The author explores topics such as Arab music theory, modernization, westernization, and Egyptianization; the use of notation in oral tradition; and cultural policy. The relations between traditional music and the mass media are also considered, and the conclusions of this study have a significance that will extend beyond Tunisian and Middle Eastern music to ethnomusicology as a whole.

Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810851382
Number of pages: 136
Weight: 349 g
Dimensions: 224 x 146 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This volume serves as a good example of how one can apply reflective methods to ethnomusicology. Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. * CHOICE *
'A delight to read ... the clarity of Davis's writing opens doors for many. The confluence of historical sources and the author's sensitive ethnographic study of contemporary practices enriches the texture of the music itself. Ma'luf provides a non-European perspective on nationalism that has long been wanting in studies of modernity. The book fully deserves to become a standard text in the study of music in the Middle East/North Africa.' -- Philip V. Bohlman, Mary Werkman Distinguished Service Professor of Music and the Humanities, The University of Chicago
'This is an important work that provides a critical, clear and concise analysis of the impact of Tunisian cultural nationalism on, and through, the medium of music.' -- Richard C. Jankowsky * Ethnomusicology Forum *
The musical form, like related Arab musical traditions in Morocco, Algeria, and Libya, is alleged to have been brought to North Africa by Muslims and Jews fleeing the Christian reconquest of Spain from the 10th to the 17th centuries. Davis (ethnomusicology, U. of Cambridge) examines the music in such terms as Arab musical aesthetics; modernization, Westernization, and Egyptianization; the use of notation in oral tradition; musical nationalism and cultural policy; concepts of art and popular; and relations between traditional music and the mass media. * Reference and Research Book News *

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