Pacific Review of Ethnomusicology, Volume 02 (1985)
Note: This issue contains the first part of the ethnomusicological index to the Grove - a useful reference for all ethnomusicologists.
Ideology and Popular Music in Socialist Cuba
by Peter Manuel
“Much has been written on the subject of Cuban popular music, although most of this literature is in Spanish and tends to be written from a popular or journalistic rather than scholarly perspective. The usefulness of this material and the need for more academic studies are evident for several reasons, including the extraordinary and persistent international influence of Cuban popular music, the paucity of studies of the effect of the Cuban Revolution on music, and the important role of popular music in Cuban national culture. . . . This article explores some of the attitudes the different kinds of popular music in Cuba and discusses aspects of the relationship between the attitudes, popular tastes, cultural policy, and musical ideology.”
Harmonic Implications of Consonance and Dissonance in Ancient Indian Music
by Nazir A. Jairazbhoy
“The immutability and continuity of tradition is exemplified by many elements of Indian practice, the prime example being the chanting of the Vedas, the sacred “books” of Hinduism. Yet there is good reason to believe that gradual as well as occasionally drastic change has been characteristic of some of the other areas of material and cultural life in India of which music is one. . . . In this paper, we will examine some of the fundamental elements of change which have taken pace in Indian music from the earliest records to the present and also look at some of the attempts of theoreticians to reconcile ancient theory with modern practice.”
An Ethnomusicological Index to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Part One.
by Kenneth Culley
“This index, part one of which is presented in this issue, is an aid for those who wish to determine the ethnomusicological topics in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.”
Los Instrumentos de Percusión en México
by Arturo Chamorro
Mexico: El Collegio de Michoacan (CONTACYT), 1984. 275 pp.
reviewed by Steve Loza
The Freedom Principle: Jazz After 1958
by John Litweiler
New York: William Morrow and Co., 1984. 324 pp. Notes, selected discography, index.
reviewed by David B. Such
Editorial & Advisory Boards
Gordon R. Thompson
Susan D. Clark