Music and Music Making

José Ramón Jouve-Martín

in Atlantic History

ISBN: 9780199730414
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:
Music and Music Making

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Not all societies of the Atlantic world developed writing, or music notation systems for that matter, but they all produced music. During the many migrations and diasporas that shaped the early history of this region, individuals frequently communicated through music even before they were able to understand each other through spoken language. Music circulated faster than books and reached millions of individuals in a way that no other art form could. With the advent of music recording and reproduction technologies in the late 19th century, the pace of that circulation increased dramatically, musical exchanges multiplied, and the individual and social forms of music consumption fundamentally changed. The first major section of this bibliography is devoted to the exploration of existing literature on the evolution of these musical exchanges in the Atlantic world from a historical perspective. In order to do so, it is divided into four subsections: Music and Conquest, Colonial Music, Music, Nations, and Empires, and 20th-Century Atlantic Music (up to the fall of the Berlin Wall). From 1989 onward, the development of digital technology and the rise of a truly global music and entertainment industry radically changed the way in which music was created, distributed, and consumed, to the point of clearly exceeding the geographical and conceptual framework of the Atlantic world. This historical overview is followed by a second section devoted to genres and styles. They are grouped together according to the geographical regions where they originated: Africa, Europe, North America, and Latin America. Since genres, styles, and other musical categories are themselves historical constructs and not abstract artistic developments, readers are invited to complement the bibliographic entries found in each subsection with those of other subsections. The final two sections of this bibliography provide a small selection of critical scores and recordings relevant for their historical or pedagogical value within the framework of the studies of music circulation in the Atlantic world. Most of the books and articles cited here were published after 1990, but they would not exist without a substantial body of previous research that needs to be acknowledged. The reader should consult the bibliographies included in these works for further information.

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Subjects: History of the Americas ; European History ; African History ; History ; Regional and National History

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