Ashgate library of essays on popular music

Authors cover the current state of research and key issues in their specialities, as appropriate for the aims set by the series of Ashgate Research Companions to which the volume belongs. Musical Narrative of The Table of the Heike" chap.

Subjects Description Popular music has become not only one of the most lucrative spheres of human activity, but also one of the most influential on the identities of individuals and communities.

The Ashgate Research Companion to Japanese Music.

Nevertheless, the student is well served in each account with data typical of most other chapters: Long, long in the waiting, this book has finally made its entrance on the musicological stage as a companion in research--thus neither as a handbook nor as a survey, but as something in between--for scholars and, especially, for current and prospective?

It makes overt recognition of the fact that the study of popular music is necessarily inter-disciplinary and addresses issues as diverse as: No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.

Taken together, these volumes offer an invaluable resource for the study of popular music today in all its forms. The proclivity for Japanese musical traditions to be carried on as living traditions over centuries, coexisting and interacting on the way with others more recent, encourages some authors to try to contextualize their speciality on an historical continuum of appropriation and development.

Conceived by editors Alison Tokita and David Hughes as a collaborative work by both Japanese and English speakers "to form a balanced approach" to taking stock of "the full range of Japanese musical culture" dust jacketit is the first, book in English on Japanese music to attempt such coverage in detail.

Patterned almost as if a distillation of topics and approaches from the body of the Ashgate library of essays on popular music, this introduction is also where readers may arm themselves with a grasp of principles and theoretical approaches in Japanese musieological research for their study of the individual chapters.

It goes without saying that it is clearly essential for graduates in the field, and accordingly for graduate library collections; but with the considerable lean towards the survey in many of its essays, it would be well placed Ashgate library of essays on popular music in undergraduate collections supporting performing-arts-orientated Asian Studies programs, and in collections supporting ethno musicology programs with a focus on East Asia.

He is best known for his research in the musicology of popular music and as the author and editor of a number of books including Rock: In the delineation of certain research issues, however, preoccupation with very early stages in the "revolutionary" p.

Perhaps this problem is symptomatic of as yet insurmountable boundaries in present-day scholarly thinking set by the sorts of traditional boundaries Nelson himself sees as problematic between Buddhist sects p.

While they cover much of the same ground as his many other fine overviews, the newness here, and potential influence on future research across genres in general, is to break with the scholarly custom in Japan of treating the two independently.

By and large, however, researchers interested in overarching musical concepts or broad-based workings of transmission that have worked together to facilitate such historical multi-layering, or even in more general aesthetic sharing across arts, and so on, must depend for guidance and integration on an opening chapter, "Context and Change in Japanese Music" chap.

Popular music matters, and it matters to many people, people we can only partially understand if we do not understand their music.

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The largely self-contained chapters follow the standard, and perhaps unavoidable, way of telling the story. Music of the Bunraku Puppet Theatre" chap.

They are ordered according to historical sequence of emergence, moving from court music and Buddhist chant--with their common origins on the Asian mainland, long interwoven lives, and continual influencing of other musics over nearly fifteen centuries--through warrioi-supported biwa-accompanied narrative music rooted in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries; no, the medieval theater that rose in the early fifteenth century from much older theatrical and dance traditions; solo and chamber ensemble music; urban theatre music associated with the rise of the merchant classes in the Edo period ; historical and present-day popular musics and folk music; musics of the Ryukyu and Ainu; and finally contemporary and Western influenced classical music.

In the light of this phenomenon the academic study of popular music has become universally established as an active discipline at university level and this timely series brings together the fruits of recent teaching and research in this field.

Taking popular music seriously : selected essays

This is a research companion that works very well indeed, if one works hard with it; it is a book for poring over, both with regard to its texts and its music examples; and it rewards reading across its various chapters. Issues in the history and organology of the shakuhachi.

Each volume editor has contributed an introductory essay which constitutes a broad overview of the specific group of genres, and made a selection of the most important and influential published articles, papers and other relevant material.

The musicological essay disappointingly relapses into separate treatments, despite the promise of integration in tables of scales and modes pp. Fifteen chapters, all but the very last individually authored, address individual genres, with little directed crossover.

Popular music matters, and it matters to many people, people we can only partially understand if we do not understand their music.

Library of Essays in Popular Music. 8-Volume Set

It is these three that cast perhaps the sharpest light on the extent of apparent mutual exclusivity between genres and their respective scholarships; while many a student wishing to study an individual genre will be excellently informed, just as many wishing to gain a broader overview of Japanese melody by bridging several accounts may be bothered, even confused, by many differing ways of dealing with related concepts--despite pre-warning about such multiple surfacing in the introductory chapter p.

It makes overt recognition of the fact that the study of popular music is necessarily inter-disciplinary and addresses issues as diverse as: About the Series The Library of Essays on Popular Music The Library of Essays on Popular Music Popular music has become not only one of the most lucrative spheres of human activity, but also one of the most influential on the identities of individuals and communities.

Surprisingly, there is no glossary of Sino- Japanese characters, which one-would expect in a volume that aims to show the "current state of music research in and on Japan" p.

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Music from the Medieval Theatre" chap. Taken together, these volumes offer an invaluable resource for the study of popular music today in all its forms. But the musicologically-focused student will probably appreciate most the help the three chapters offer in grasping how, in narration, formulaic properties of melody and text work together in performative segments de Ferranti, p.

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In the light of this phenomenon the academic study of popular music has become universally established as an active discipline at university level and this timely series brings together the fruits of recent teaching and research in this field.His book Sounding Out Pop, co-edited with John Covach, was published by the University of Michigan Press inand he has since edited the volume on Rock Music for the Library of Essays on Popular Music series from Ashgate.

“The Hippie Aesthetic: Cultural Positioning and Musical Ambition in Early Progressive Rock,” in Composition and Experimentation in British Rock –, Philomusica Online (); reprinted in The Ashgate Library of Essays on Popular Music: Rock, ed.

Mark Spicer (Ashgate publishing, ). 8-Volume Reference series from AshgateThe Library of Essays on Popular Music ASHGATE on twitter Pop Music and Easy Listening Edited by Stan Hawkins, University of Oslo, Norway The Library of Essays on Popular Music The focus of this collection of essays is the powerful.

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It is followed by Robin Thompson's "The Music of Ryukyu" (chap. 13) and Chiba Nobuhiko's "The Music of the Ainu" (chap. 14), two further fine essays on musical cultures at opposite ends of the Japanese archipelago, the former, as noted in the editors' opening essay, with "a vigorous contemporary performance practice" and an impact on popular music such that it "functions as the exotic within the.

Paul A. Merkley, ed. Music and Patronage. The Library of Essays on Music, Politics and Society. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing Limited, xxvii + pp. $ ISBN: –1–––0.

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