What Are the Great Discoveries of Your Field? Informal Comments on the Contributions of Ethnomusicology

  • Bruno Nettl University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Music and Department of Anthropology
Keywords: ethnomusicology, origins of music, music in culture, improvisation, authenticity

Abstract

This is an attempt to sketch some of the principal discoveries or contributions of the field of ethnomusicology since 1885. These include consideration of the world of music as comprised of musics, the origin of music, universals, the study of music in culture, the relationship of composition and
improvisation, the issue of authenticity,  and  the practical contributions of  ethnomusicology to education and social life.

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Published
2015-06-17
How to Cite
NettlB. (2015). What Are the Great Discoveries of Your Field? Informal Comments on the Contributions of Ethnomusicology. Musicological Annual, 51(2), 163-174. https://doi.org/10.4312/mz.51.2.163-174
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