World Music: Traditions and Transformations, 4th Edition
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World Music: Traditions and Transformations has long been a market leader among introductory-level textbooks on diverse global music. It assumes no prior education in music and avoids the use of notation. Though written principally for non-music majors, it is appropriate for courses enrolling non-music and music students alike. The work’s unique traditions-and-transformations approach offers a coherent pathway to exploring the world’s music, from ancient to contemporary genres and experimental to top-of-the-charts popular styles. Key features retained from the previous edition—the introductory chapters on basic elements of music and culture, clear and easy-to-follow Guided Listening Experience sections, Musical Guided Tour slide shows, Online Musical Illustrations, and Insights & Perspectives boxed features—provide valuable resources for immersive and interactive learning. Embedded links in the digital text now make all the audio and video recordings available with a single click.
CHAPTER 1: What, in the World, Is Music?
CHAPTER 2: How Music Lives: A Musicultural Approach
CHAPTER 3: How Music Works: Part I: Rhythm
CHAPTER 4: How Music Works: Part II: Pitch
CHAPTER 5: How Music Works: Part III: Dynamics, Timbre, and Instruments
CHAPTER 6: How Music Works: Part IV: Texture and Form
CHAPTER 7: Indonesian Gamelan Music: Interlocking Rhythms, Interlocking Worlds
CHAPTER 8: From Raga to Bollywood: Developments and Intercultural Crossings in Indian Music
CHAPTER 9: 'Not the Same, but Just as Nice': Traditions and Transformations in Irish Music
CHAPTER 10: The River and the Path: Conversation and Collective Expression in West African Musics
CHAPTER 11: From the Blues to Beyoncé: Black Music Aesthetics and a History of African American SongCHAPTER 12: "We Don't Play Sauce": Latin American Musics from Guaguanco to Latin Trap
CHAPTER 13: Story Songs: Indigenous Traditions and Transformations in Alaska Native Music and Dance
CHAPTER 14: From Baladi to Belly Dance: Rhythm, Dance, and Music in Egypt and Beyond
CHAPTER 15: A Musicultural History of the Chinese Zheng
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