Designed for undergraduates with little or no background in world music, "Music in Bulgaria" is one of several volumes that can be used along with "Thinking Musically", the main book in the "Global Music Series", in any introductory world music or ethnomusicology course. It provides an overview of the cultural, historical and political meaning of traditional Bulgarian music and begins by exploring how Bulgaria's rural traditions affect the expression and interpretation of its music. It goes on to examine how the country's social, political and economic histories have influenced its music over many decades. The book also shows how the musical traditions of Bulgaria have been preserved despite the social changes brought about by the post-World War II era of industrialization and urbanization. It analyses how Bulgarian music has spread throughout other cultures and how it has made its mark on new forms of popular music. "Music in Bulgaria" features eyewitness accounts of local performances, interviews with performers and numerous listening examples. It is packaged with a 70-minute CD that includes examples of the music discussed in the text.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc