1st Edition

Studies on a Global History of Music A Balzan Musicology Project

Edited By Reinhard Strohm Copyright 2018
    504 Pages
    by Routledge

    502 Pages 89 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The idea of a global history of music may be traced back to the Enlightenment, and today, the question of a conceptual framework for a history of music that pays due attention to global relationships in music is often raised. But how might a historical interpretation of those relationships proceed? How should it position, or justify, itself? What would 'Western music' look like in an account of music history that aspires to be truly global?


    The studies presented in this volume aim to promote post-European historical thinking. They are based on the idea that a global history of music cannot be one single, hegemonic history. They rather explore the paradigms and terminologies that might describe a history of many different voices. The chapters address historical practices and interpretations of music in different parts of the world, from Japan to Argentina and from Mexico to India. Many of these narratives are about relations between these cultures and the Western tradition; several also consider socio-political and historical circumstances that have affected music in the various regions. The book addresses aspects that Western musical historiography has tended to neglect even when looking at its own culture: performance, dance, nostalgia, topicality, enlightenment, the relationships between traditional, classical, and pop musics, and the regards croisés between European, Asian, or Latin American interpretations of each other’s musical traditions.


    These studies have been derived from the Balzan Musicology Project Towards a Global History of Music (2013–2016), which was funded by the International Balzan Foundation through the award of the Balzan Prize in Musicology to the editor, and designed by music historians and ethnomusicologists together. A global history of music may never be written in its entirety, but will rather be realised through interaction, practice, and discussion, in all parts of the world.

    Introduction;  1 Notes and queries on ‘global music history’, Martin Stokes;  Enlightenment;  2 Ancient Greeks, world music, and early modern constructions of Western European identity, David R. M. Irving;  3 Analytical encounters: global music criticism and enlightenment ethnomusicology, Estelle Joubert;  4 Musical thought in the global enlightenments, Philip V. Bohlman;  East Asia 5 Voice and song in early encounters between Latins, Mongols, and Persians, ca.1250–ca.1350, Jason Stoessel;  6 ‘The transformation of the world’: Silk Road musics, cross-cultural approaches, and contemporary metaphors, Max Peter Baumann;  7 Music education in modern Japanese society, Rinko Fujita;  8 The (musical) imaginarium of Konishi Yasuharu, or how to make Western music Japanese, Oliver Seibt;  9 'European music’ outside Europe? Musical entangling and intercrossing in the case of Korea's modern history, Jin-Ah Kim;  10 Korean music: definitions and practices, Keith Howard;  11 East Asia in a global historical perspective – approaches and challenges, Nicola Spakowski;  South and South-East Asia;  12 Heavy metal bamboo: how archaic bamboo instruments became modern in Bandung, Indonesia, Henry Spiller;  13 Cultural autonomy and the ‘Indian Exception’: debating the aesthetics of Indian classical music in early 20th-century Calcutta, Matthew Pritchard;  14 Orientalism and beyond: Tagore, Foulds, and cross-cultural exchanges between Indian and Western musicians, Suddhaseel Sen;  America;  15 Why did Indians sing? The appropriation of European musical practices by South-American natives in the Jesuit reducciones, Leonardo J. Waisman;  16 The global mission in the music of Jesuit drama, Tomasz Jeż;  17 From ‘abandoned huts’ to ‘maps of the pampas’: the topos of the Huella and the representation of landscape in Argentine art music, Melanie Plesch;  18 ‘Minor Mode and the Andes’: the pentatonic scale as topic and the musical representation of Peru, Julio Mendívil;  19 ‘The rending call of the poor and forsaken street crier’: the political and expressive dimension of a topic in Silvestre Revueltas’s early works, Roberto Kolb-Neuhaus;  20 Passion and disappointment: waltz and danza topics in a Venezuelan musical nationalism masterpiece, Juan Francisco Sans;  21 Festivals, violins and global music histories: examples from the Caribbean and Canada, Tina K. Ramnarine  


    Reinhard Strohm studied musicology, violin, Latin, and Romance languages in Munich, Pisa, Milan and Berlin, and obtained his PhD in 1971 at the TU Berlin. In 1970–1982 he collaborated on a critical edition of the works of Richard Wagner. He taught at King’s College London, UK, in 1975–1983 and 1990–1996, was Professor of Musicology at Yale University, USA, in 1983–1990, and Heather Professor of Music at Oxford University, UK, in 1996–2007. Visiting professorships were held at Chicago, Rome, Vienna, Budapest, Zurich, and Hamburg. Awards include the Dent Medal (RMA) in 1977 and the Balzan Prize (for Musicology) in 2012. Strohm’s research focuses on European music ca.1400–ca.1800, the history of opera, historiography, and postmodern criticism of musicology.