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The Singing of the New World

The Singing of the New World
Indigenous Voice in the Era of European Contact

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Part of New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism

  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521873918

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  • In The Singing of the New World Gary Tomlinson offers histories of ancient music long since silent: the songs of the Indians that Europeans met in the sixteenth century. Merging recent cultural history, early European accounts, archaeological findings, and rare indigenous documents for the Mexica (or Aztecs), the Incas, and the Tupinamba of lowland Brazil, Tomlinson explores the place of singing in these societies. He details the expressive and ritual ends it was expected to fulfil before and after the coming of the conquistadors. Musical practices and the cultural ends they served come alive across a spectrum that reaches from the cosmogonic geometry of Inca ritual song through the imminent sacred materiality of Mexican cantares to the intricate interconnections of singing, speaking and eating in Tupinamba cannibalism. A final chapter considers the fears mutually and repeatedly inspired by the expressive powers of American and European song.

    • Combines historical, archaeological and cultural research to offer new interpretations of the role of song in native American societies
    • Will be of interest to scholars and academics in the fields of music history, anthropology and Latin American culture
    • Author is a leading and influential music historian
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    Honorable Mention: Modern Language Association of America Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize

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    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521873918
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Raised voices
    1. Unlearning the Aztec Cantares
    2. Metonymy, writing, and the matter of Mexica song
    3. Cantares mexicanos
    4. Musicoanthropophagy: the songs of cannibals
    5. Inca singing at Cuzco
    6. Fear of singing.

  • Author

    Gary Tomlinson, University of Pennsylvania
    Gary Tomlinson is Annenberg Professor in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania.

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