Studies in African Music (book)

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Studies in African Music
Author A.M. Jones
Country Great Britain
Language English
Subject Ethnomusicology
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication date
1959
Media type Print
Pages 295 (Volume I), 238 (Volume II)
ISBN ISBN 0-19-713512-9
OCLC 6977345

Studies in African Music is a 1959 book in two volumes by A.M. Jones. It is an in-depth analysis of the traditional music of the Ewe tribe.

Summary[edit]

The work is divided into two volumes,[1][2] with the first volume being an analysis of the music presented in Volume II, and the second being full-score reproductions of the pieces in question.

Volume I Contents[edit]

  1. Introduction
  2. Play-Songs and Fishing Songs
  3. The Instruments of the Orchestra
  4. The Nyayito Dance
  5. Yeve Cult Music
  6. Club Dances - The Adzida Dance
  7. The Social Dance - Agbadza
  8. A Comparison of Drumming
  9. The Homogeneity of African Music
  10. Tone and Tune
  11. The Neo-Folk-Music

Volume II Contents[edit]

  1. Play-Songs and Fishing Songs
  2. The Nyayito Dance
  3. Yeve Cult Music: (a) The Husago Dance, (b) The Sovu Dance, (c) The Sogba Dance
  4. The Adzida Dance
  5. The Agbadza Dance
  6. The Icila Dance

Influence[edit]

Steve Reich has listed this work as an influence on his music, particularly his "fooling around with tape loops, which [he] began to envision as little mechanized Africans [laughs]." [3] It is also cited extensively in Volume I of Gunther Schuller's (who introduced Reich to the work) History of Jazz.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, A.M. Studies in African Music: Volume I. London: Oxford University Press. 1959
  2. ^ Jones, A.M. Studies in African Music: Volume II. London: Oxford University Press. 1959
  3. ^ Strickland, Edward. American Composers: Dialogues on Contemporary Music (p. 40). Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 1991.
  4. ^ Schuller, Gunther. Early Jazz: Its Roots and Musical Development. Oxford University Press. 1968

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