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Merriam - The Anthropology of Music 1964 (2024)


Merriam - The Anthropology of Music 1964? ›

With contributions from a number of key figures in Ethnomusicology and related disciplines, this volume explores Ethnomusicology's shifting relationship to other disciplines and to its own 'mythic' history, and plots a range of potential developments for its future.

What is Merriam's taxonomy of music? ›

Merriam was the first to identify functions of music constructed from anthropo- logical and ethnomusicological study, 10 in total: emotional expression, aesthetic enjoyment, entertainment, communication, symbolic representation, physical re- sponse, and four functions concerning social institutions and social stability ...

What important book did the anthropologist Alan Merriam write that is used in ethnomusicology? ›

Alan Merriam addresses issues that he found with ethnomusicological fieldwork in the third chapter of his 1964 book, The Anthropology of Music.

What does anthropology mean in music? ›

The phrase anthropology of music is most closely associated with Alan P. Merriam's 1964 landmark book bearing this title. In this prescriptive text, influential through the 1980s, Merriam defines ethnomusicology as the study of music in culture in relation to the mutual interactions of sound, behavior, and concepts.

What is Merriam's model of music? ›

To understand music, one had to take a point perspective according to Merriam (1964). He classified the three aspects as sound, behavior, and concept. In terms of sound Merriam refers to what the Westerners could view as the real constitution of music.

Why is Merriam's three-part model important? ›

Ethnomusicologist Alan Merriam developed a “tripartite model” through which to understand the complex interactions between concept, behavior, and sound.

What were Merriam's 1964 three main fields in his model for music? ›

Later, Merriam proposed a tripartite model for the study of ethnomusicology, centering on the study of "music in culture." This model suggested that music should be studied on three analytic levels: conceptualization about music; behavior in relation to music; and analysis of music's sounds.

What is the summary of the anthropology of music Merriam? ›

In this seminal volume, Alan Merriam distills and synthesizes then-contemporary debates about and between cultural anthropology and ethnomusicology, arguing that ethnomusicology can be approached from two angles: the anthropological and the musicological (vii).

What is the title of Alan Merriam's influential 1964 book on ethnomusicology? ›

The Anthropology of Music

What is the difference between musicology and ethnomusicology? ›

“Musicology today encompasses the study of all music in all times and places using all different methods.” However, the principle distinction between the terms is that musicology studies the development of music through time, while ethnomusicology looks at music in any given culture.

What is a person who studies the music of world cultures called? ›

Ethnomusicologists work in a variety of spheres.

As researchers, they study music from any part of the world and investigate its connections to diverse elements of social life and culture.

How do anthropologists understand and study music? ›

While earlier observers often perceived ―exotic‖ qualities in the music of other peoples, anthropologists have generally sought to understand music based on the significance it holds within the communities that create these sounds.

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