Group for ethnomusicologists or anyone interested in music studies
Brass bands in Africa have been in existence since the 19th century after the various colonial powers had established their presence across the continent. The history of such bands is very sketchy and limited, and the small amount of information I have collected so far is presented here. I hope that future researchers will be able to open up much…[Read more]
En aquest article presentam la relació entre Maria Antònia Salvà i Palmira Jaquetti, dues dones que des de perspectives i amb finalitats diferents, s’acostaren i s’interessaren pel món de la cançó popular.
Gavin Holman deposited The works brass band – a historical directory of the industrial and corporate patronage and sponsorship of brass bands in the group Ethnomusicology on Humanities Commons 1 month, 2 weeks ago
From the earliest days of brass bands in the British Isles, they have been supported at various times and to differing extents by businesses and their owners. In some cases this support has been purely philanthropic, but there was usually a quid pro quo involved where the sponsor received benefits – e.g. advertising, income from band e…[Read more]
As Anne Sauvagnargues suggests, in Gilles Deleuze thought “every[-thing] is defined as an assemblage of movements and affective vibrations.” Interestingly, Sauvagnargues’ proposition aligns neatly with Tim Ingold’s idea of correspondence, where things perdure, “carry on together, and answer to one another,” and where the additive ‘and…and.…[Read more]
One could call «industrial musicology» the study of the musical life in factories and workshops. Unlike agrarian societies, there are very few works about industrial workers’ musical activity, neither at the Catalan Countries nor Europe. Based on British and Catalan scholars’ few theoretical works, our research Música popular i indust…[Read more]
Emery Stephens deposited Diversifying the Playing Field: Solo Performance of African American Spirituals and Art Songs by Voice Students from All Racial Backgrounds in the group Ethnomusicology on Humanities Commons 4 months, 1 week ago
To further promote the performance of African American spirituals and art songs, this article offers a different perspective – direct response from collegiate voice students, voice teachers, vocal coaches, and professional singers. In the spring of 2005, “The African American Art Song Survey” was developed and disseminated through the Internet to…[Read more]
Of the 762 brass bands I have records of from County Durham, around 130 were colliery bands (and more of them would have been directly connected to the local colliery, even if not specifically named after the mine or mining company). This article looks briefly at the history of the Durham Miners’ Gala and the colliery bands that performed at it.
Polly Mortimer deposited Anatomy of a Choir: an ethnographic study of the Choir with No Name, and its contribution to the enhancement of wellbeing and a sense of community among its members. in the group Ethnomusicology on Humanities Commons 4 months, 3 weeks ago
This is a ‘study of a choir’; the author joined the choir for three months and participated in every aspect, from rehearsals, dinners, a meeting to a gig. They chatted to the members, sang with them and talked to the choir leader and manager about everything from the ethos of the choir, to whether meat was served often enough at dinner. It was the…[Read more]
Gavin Holman deposited Brass Band Archive Recordings – a brief guide to recordings of brass bands in libraries, museums and other archives in the group Ethnomusicology on Humanities Commons 5 months ago
Brass bands are, of course, musical organisations first and foremost, and the bulk of their heritage is bound up in the hundreds of thousands of concerts, marches, contests and other performances they have provided their audiences with over the years. Very few of these live performances were ever recorded, at least until recent years, and we must…[Read more]
During the 1890s and early parts of the 20th century a type of band arose using kazoo-type instruments. Zobo instruments, based on kazoo principles, were invented and developed in the USA in the early 1890s, rapidly becoming a new craze for a while. When the instruments spread to the UK the bands that were formed using them were largely “comic”…[Read more]
(v9 – August 2019) [c. 6,740 entries] A comprehensive list of books, articles, theses and other material covering the brass band movement, its history, instruments and musicology; together with other related topics
Travelling musicians and entertainers had been a part of European life for centuries. In the German speaking countries of Europe during the German Empire there arose a large number of “Damen Kapellen”, troupes of musical and variety entertainers consisting largely of women, usually led by a man, and occasionally including males as players. Thi…[Read more]
Lawrence Davies deposited Review: ‘The History of European Jazz: The Music, Musicians and Audience in Context’ ed. by Francesco Martinelli in the group Ethnomusicology on Humanities Commons 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Review of ‘The History of European Jazz: The Music, Musicians and Audience in Context’, ed. by Francesco Martinelli (Sheffield: Equinox, 2018), SAMPLES – Online-Publikationen der Gesellschaft für Popularmusikforschung, 17 (June 2019).
Published online 12 June 2019.
Alessandra Ciucci deposited Performing l-ḥrig: music, sound and undocumented migration across the contemporary Mediterranean (Morocco–Italy) in the group Ethnomusicology on Humanities Commons 7 months, 1 week ago
Based on ethnographic research that is part of a larger project on the role of music and sound among migrant Moroccan men in Italy, this article focuses
on ‘L-ḥərraga’, a song that narrates the voyage and the experience of undocumented migration that ends with the tragic death of a young
Moroccan man crossing the Mediterranean. Through ‘L-ḥər…[Read more]
‘L-ʿalwa’, a sung poem whose text recounts the pilgrimage to a saint’s shrine in Morocco, is celebrated for its ability to convey images and emotions stirred up by the sacred journey. As part of the repertory of ʿaita—a genre of sung poetry from the Moroccan plains and plateaus traditionally performed by professional female singer-danc…[Read more]
ʿAiṭa–a genre of sung poetry from the Moroccan Atlantic Plains and its adjacent territories—is regarded as the quintessential expression of the identity of the region. If it is possible to analyse the poetic language of ʿaiṭa in order to understand its significance among these populations, it is also critical to examine how the affective power of…[Read more]
The article explores why a particular group of Moroccan musicians conceives of different performances of a sung poem titled “Kharbusha” as unchanging despite variables arising from the dynamics of performance practices. To this end, I explore the seeming discrepancy between discourses about “Kharbusha” and its performance, and what this discrep…[Read more]
The article examines Moroccan professional female singer-dancers (shikhat) in relation to other professional female performers . An analysis of the role that women have as entertainers, and in particular of their behavior in the course of performance, will show how they affect the status of each class of performers. Sketching a panorama of the…[Read more]
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