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In The Singing of the New World Gary Tomlinson offers histories of ancient music long since silent: the songs of the Indians that Europeans met in the sixteenth century. Merging recent cultural history, early European accounts, archaeological findings, and rare indigenous documents for the Mexica (or Aztecs), the Incas, and the Tupinamba of lowland Brazil, Tomlinson explores the place of singing in these societies. He details the expressive and ritual ends it was expected to fulfil before and after the coming of the conquistadors. Musical practices and the cultural ends they served come alive across a spectrum that reaches from the cosmogonic geometry of Inca ritual song through the imminent sacred materiality of Mexican cantares to the intricate interconnections of singing, speaking and eating in Tupinamba cannibalism. A final chapter considers the fears mutually and repeatedly inspired by the expressive powers of American and European song.Read more
- Combines historical, archaeological and cultural research to offer new interpretations of the role of song in native American societies
- Will be of interest to scholars and academics in the fields of music history, anthropology and Latin American culture
- Author is a leading and influential music historian
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- Date Published: August 2007
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521873918
- length: 232 pages
- dimensions: 244 x 170 x 14 mm
- weight: 0.57kg
- contains: 17 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: Raised voices
1. Unlearning the Aztec Cantares
2. Metonymy, writing, and the matter of Mexica song
3. Cantares mexicanos
4. Musicoanthropophagy: the songs of cannibals
5. Inca singing at Cuzco
6. Fear of singing.
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