Tullia Magrini (magrini@MUSPE1.CIRFID.UNIBO.IT)
Sat, 24 Feb 1996 01:14:22 +0100

It seldom happens to find good introductory books on ethnomusicology that
come with a tape of music which gives a sufficient overview of the world
musics. So, I suggest to look separately for books and musical examples.
Besides what as been already suggested by other members, I'ld suggest also
these books:
Helen Myers (ed.), Ethnomusicology. Vol.1. An Introduction. Vol.2.
Historical and Regional Studies. London, MacMillan: 1992-93. (vol.1 deals
with method and vol.2 with area studies);
John Kaemmer, Music in Human Life. Austin, University of Texas Press: 1993
(if you are more interested in an anthropological approach, this book is
more up to date than the classical and very valuable Merriam's book).
For the musical examples, I'm sure that you can find a lot of LPs and CDs in
your library, concerning the regions dealt with in the books. The booklets
included in LPs and CDs will give you the necessary introduction to the
musical documents and are often good and detailed.
For further information you can write also to ethmus-l.
Good luck

Tullia Magrini

>On Wed, 21 Feb 1996, ERIC SILVERMAN wrote:
>> A colleague and I are interested in any suggestions as to good introductory
>> books on ethnomusicology that come with a tape of music, i.e., that can form
>> the basis (or the essentials) of theory, ethnographic discussion, and
>> representative music from around the world (the colleague, by the way, is
>> not an anthropologist, but someone in the school of music).
>> Again, what we are really interested in are intro books that focus not on a
>> single culture, but instead give an overview of the field, methods, theories,
>> and introduce students to the range of world musical traditions.
>> But, any suggestions along with way would be great.
>> (Oh, the inclusion of actual recordings is very important!)
>> Thanks,
>> Eric Silverman.