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Native American Song at the Frontiers of Early Modern Music

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Part of New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism

  • Date Published: April 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521866057

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  • Olivia A. Bloechl reconceives the history of French and English music from the sixteenth through to the eighteenth century from the perspective of colonial history. She demonstrates how encounters with Native American music in the early years of colonization changed the course of European music history. Colonial wealth provided for sumptuous and elite musical display, and American musical practices, materials, and ideas fed Europeans' taste for exoticism, as in the masques, ballets, and operas discussed here. The gradual association of Native American song with derogatory stereotypes of musical 'savagery' pressed Europeans to distinguish their own music as civilized and rational. Drawing on evidence from a wide array of musical, linguistic, and visual sources, this book demonstrates that early American colonization shaped European music cultures in fundamental ways, and it offers a fresh, politically and transculturally informed approach to the study of music in the early colonial Atlantic world.

    • Adapts postcolonial and other cultural theory to the study of early music and early colonization
    • Uses evidence from a variety of musical, linguistic and visual sources to present a convincing argument which challenges conventional wisdom about this aspect of European music history
    • Engages with both familiar and unfamiliar primary sources
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    "Bloechl’s detailed investigation of relationships and interfaces, conflicts and accommodations, is wide-ranging, thoughtful, and persuasive. Her book is an important contribution not only to music studies but to Native American Studies, a broad, interdisciplinary field. --Journal of American Ethnic History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521866057
    • length: 302 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 3 tables 23 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. On colonial difference and musical frontiers: directions for a postcolonial musicology
    Part I. Transatlantic Savagery:
    2. Protestant imperialism and the metaphysics of new world song
    3. The voice of possession
    4. The voice of prophecy
    Part II. Staging the Indian:
    5. Musicking Indians in the Stuart court masque
    6. Savage Lully
    7. Rameau's Les sauvages and the aporia of musical nature
    Conclusion. Opera, elsewhere.

  • Author

    Olivia A. Bloechl, University of California, Los Angeles
    Olivia A. Bloechl is Assistant Professor in the Department of Musicology, University of California, Los Angeles.

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