Memories of Music, Memories through Music

Rachel Harris

in Singing the Village

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780197262979
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734717 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

Memories of Music, Memories through Music

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This chapter examines the types and functions of Sibe music. It provides biographical sketches of village musicians including Ga'altu of the Anjia clan, Guo Rongxing, and a certain Shoulintai. The chapter highlights the social functions of songs and their role as vehicles of formalised expression of human relations in the Sibe community. It describes the songs and musical activities at weddings, funerals, and calendric festivals.

Keywords: Sibe music; village musicians; human relations; Sibe community; musical activities; weddings; funerals; calendric festivals

Chapter.  16165 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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