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Where Rivers and Mountains Sing: Sound, Music, and Nomadism in Tuva and Beyond (Paperback)
  • Where Rivers and Mountains Sing: Sound, Music, and Nomadism in Tuva and Beyond (Paperback)

Where Rivers and Mountains Sing: Sound, Music, and Nomadism in Tuva and Beyond (Paperback)

Paperback 312 Pages / Published: 15/11/2010
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Theodore Levin takes readers on a journey through the rich sonic world of inner Asia, where the elemental energies of wind, water, and echo; the ubiquitous presence of birds and animals; and the legendary feats of heroes have inspired a remarkable art and technology of sound-making among nomadic pastoralists. As performers from Tuva and other parts of inner Asia have responded to the growing worldwide popularity of their music, Levin follows them to the West, detailing their efforts to nourish global connections while preserving the power and poignancy of their music traditions.

Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253223296
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 45 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm

This is a complex, informationally-dense book that fits well into recent trends towards aural phenomena.October 15, 2008 -- Nina Fales * Journal of Folklore Research *
Always readable, with issues and ideas presented in an immediate style, rich in personal vignettes and ethnographic detail, and brought to life by the fabulous double-sided DVD/CD, Where Rivers and Mountains Sing is a gift for teachers and students. Winter 2009 * Ethnomusicology *
This is a perceptive book and a comfortable read. . . . [Levin] beautifully presents his central ideas regarding the spiritual and ecological music making in Inner Asia with enchanting and captivating storytelling. . . . A welcome addition to reading this text is the accompanying CD/DVD, which includes musical examples illustrating the stories and further draws readers into the telling of his story. These audiovisual examples not only function to help in understanding the book itself but are useful for class teaching on Inner Asian music. * Asian Music *

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