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Philip V. Bohlman

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print November 2013 |
Published online July 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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Throughout its history ethnomusicology has enjoyed a distinctive presence in the formation of American musical thought. American music history has played a particularly important role in the shaping of ethnomusicology. The complex interface between ethnomusicology and American music makes it necessary to examine ethnomusicology from multiple perspectives: American ethnomusicology, ethnomusicology in North America, the ethnomusicology of American music, and American ethnomusicologists and the study of all the world’s musics. Recognizing these and other perspectives, the present entry will not so much present them independently as examine the ways their confluence has historically been distinctive. Further recognizing the extent to which ethnomusicology in the 21st century is an international and disciplinarily heterogeneous field, this entry will identify and examine the most moments and contributions that have most significantly shaped an American ethnomusicology at the intersections of the local, national, and international histories from which American music is inseparable (Nettl and Bohlman, ...

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Subjects: Musical Structures, Styles, and Techniques

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