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Trends in World Music Analysis
New Directions in World Music Analysis

ISBN 9780367470548
Published February 24, 2022 by Routledge
356 Pages 113 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume brings together a group of analytical chapters exploring traditional genres and styles of world music, capturing a vibrant and expanding field of research. These contributors, drawn from the forefront of researchers in world music analysis, seek to break down barriers and build bridges between scholarly disciplines, musical repertoires, and cultural traditions. Covering a wide range of genres, styles, and performers, the chapters bring to bear a variety of methodologies, including indigenous theoretical perspectives, Western music theory, and interdisciplinary techniques rooted in the cognitive and computational sciences.

With contributors addressing music traditions from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, this volume captures the many current directions in the analysis of world music, offering a state of the fi eld and demonstrating the expansion of possibilities created by this area of research.

Table of Contents


  1. Phenomenology of Segah Mugham Creativity on the Tar
  2. Polina Dessiatnichenko

  3. Rhythm, Form, and Performance in Ladakhi Traditional Songs
  4. Noé Dinnerstein

  5. Moving to the Music: Quantity of Motion as a Tool to Study North Indian Raga Performance
  6. Laura Leante

  7. From Dusk till Dawn: Analysis of Cretan Music Festivities
  8. Andre Holzapfel

  9. The Continua of Sound Qualities for Tanya Tagaq’s Katajjaq Sounds
  10. Kristi Hardman

  11. Representing and Experiencing Rhythm in Drumming from Santiago de Cuba
  12. Andy McGraw and Fernando Benadon

  13. Tapping to Recordings of Bulgarian Music: A Cross-Cultural Study of Meter and Tempo
  14. Daniel Goldberg

  15. Tempo, Meter, and Form: An Analysis of "Dansa" from Mali
  16. Rainer Polak and Justin London

  17. Mapping Timbral Surfaces in Alpine Yodeling: New Directions in the Analysis of Tone Color for Unaccompanied Vocal Music
  18. Lawrence Beaumont Shuster and Yannick Wey

  19. Creative Processes in Improvising Jíbaro Décima
  20. Jaime O. Bofill Calero

  21. "Da mihi manum": An Irish Arcanum
  22. Áine Heneghan

  23. Toward a Theory of İka: The Rhythmic Identity of Melody in Late Eighteenth-Century Turkish Art Music
  24. Nikolaus Grill and Stefan Pohlit

  25. Applying the Generative Theory of Tonal Music to World Music Idioms: An Analytical Approach to the Polyphonic Singing of Epirus
  26. Costas Tsougras

  27. Language Models and World Music Analysis

        Somangshu Mukherji

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Lawrence Beaumont Shuster is Lecturer in Music Theory at Cornell University.

Somangshu Mukherji is Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the University of Michigan.

Noé Dinnerstein is Adjunct Assistant Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.