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Soundscapes From The Americas

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Dedicated to the late Gerard Behague (1937-2005), whose pioneering work in Latin American music, popular culture, and performance studies contributed extensively to ethnomusicological discourse in the 1970s-1990s, this anthology offers comparative perspectives on the evolving legacy of performance ethnography in socio-musical analysis. President of the Society for Ethnomusicology from 1979-81, editor of its journal, Ethnomusicology, from 1974-78, and founder and editor of the trilingual Latin American Music Review from 1980 until his death, Behague also established the ethnomusicology graduate program at the University of Texas at Austin in 1974, thereby influencing the training and thinking of dozens of the field's practitioners. Among these are the volume's eight authors, whose contributions reflect the heritage but also contemporary trajectories of Behague's scholarly concerns. Prefaced by an essay outlining key developments in the ethnography of performance paradigm, the volume's seven case studies portray snapshots of musical life in representative communities of the Americas, including the southwestern and Pacific United States, Puerto Rico, Bolivia, Chile, Cuba, and Ecuador. Situated in milieus ranging from the indigenous festivals of the Andean highlands, to the competitive public gatherings of poet-singers in post-Pinochet Chile, to the Puerto Rican dance halls of the Hawaiian islands, these studies pose anthropological inquiries into the ontology of performance practice, the social power of poetic performativity, and the experience and embodiment of sound in place.


A Bell Sound Everlasting

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It is only in music that Evelyn Bell allows herself to let go. She is happily spending her days as a professional pianist--until her life is suddenly turned upside down when, during a public performance, a mysterious vision appears before her. After Evelyn locks eyes with a strange young man she has never seen before, she is returned to reality as quickly as she left--and without any answers about his identity.

As she stands and receives applause from the audience, Evelyn cannot forget the man's beautiful, intense eyes that seemed to stare directly into her soul. But who is he? She returns home, only to be plagued with odd flashes of light that leave her reeling. She attempts to go about her life, although she cannot help but wonder what else awaits her in what is becoming a bizarre chain of events. She has no idea that the man's mysterious appearances have only just begun.

In this compelling tale, a woman seeking answers embarks on a journey of self-discovery through her memories, where she must learn to embrace loss, change, and her true destiny.


Sound Innovations For String Orchestra, Bk 2

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Sound Innovations for String Orchestra, Book 2 continues your student's musical journey by teaching with segmented presentation of new concepts and introducing ensemble playing. Isolating concepts and teaching them individually helps facilitate understanding of the more advanced material. Following the unique Sound Innovations organization, the book contains four levels, each of which is divided into several sections that introduces concepts separately and provides plenty of practice and performance opportunities to reinforce each lesson. Visit www.alfred.com/soundinnovations for more information. This title is available in SmartMusic.

"Sound Innovations by Alfred Music is a dream-come-true method for beginning concert band and string orchestra. Its infusion of technology provides an open-ended architecture of the first order. This unique blend of time-tested strategies and technology offer a great foundation for a successful learning experience."
---John Kuzmich, Jr., BandDirector.com



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