S. J. Harrison

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


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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the musical history of the Sibe people in Xinjiang, China. It provides evidence to show that in spite of their reputation as a people who have kept themselves aloof and kept their ancient traditions alive, Sibe culture in general and music culture in particular is distinguished by a high degree of syncretism and rapid change. The chapter also argues that though the contexts of music and the media through which it is disseminated are changing rapidly and radically, certain underlying themes in the discussion of music remain constant as modernity takes root in the region.

Keywords: musical history; Sibe people; Xinjiang; China; Sibe culture; music culture; syncretism; modernity

Chapter.  2878 words. 

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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