Defining Music: An Ethnomusicological and Philosophical Approach

Defining Music: An Ethnomusicological and Philosophical Approach

By: Andy Nercessian (author), Jonathan McCollum (preface_author)Hardback

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This work offers an original investigation into the areas that need to be considered in any attempts at defining music that aspire to take into account the wealth of ethnomusicological and philosophical materials of relevance. This work should appeal to scholars interested in musicology, ethnomusicology and music in general. It introduces, in the opening chapter, a defining approach and certain characteristics of definition that place it somewhere between a description of perceptions of music and accounts of the music itself. It then applies this approach and framework in subsequent chapters, defining music in the broadest sense, while also defining each genre of popular, classical and folk music.

About Author

Dr. Andy Nercessian is currently Lecturer in Ethnomusicology in the Department of Music at the University of Durham. He received his Ph.D. in Musicology from Cambridge University. Dr. Nercessian has performed throughout Europe and the Middle East playing recitals and concerti with orchestras.


Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Preface by Professor Jonathan McCollum; Introduction - Defining: What and Why?; The Defining Method and the Ethnomusicologist's Suitability as Definer; Common Patterns in Defining Music and Their Problems; Folk Music; Classical Music; Popular Music; The Persistence of Genres; The Concept of Music; Appendix A - Selected English Language Definitions (Mainly Primary Entries); Appendix B - Selected Non-English Language Definitions; Appendix C - English Language Encyclopedia Definitions; Appendix D - European Language Encyclopedia Definitions; Appendix E - Musicological Definitions or Relevant Assertions; Selected Bibliography; Name Index; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773453852
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 348
  • ID: 9780773453852
  • ISBN10: 0773453857

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