Pacific Review of Ethnomusicology, Volume 06 (1991)

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Note: Once again, PRE resumes publication after a one-year hiatus. Some information pertaining to reviews in this issue is missing, as this page is being prepared from a damaged archival copy. This will be corrected in the future.


Musical Change in Turkish Zurna Music
by Wanda Bryant

“Over the last twenty years, the study of musical change has increasingly become a focal point of ethnomusicological scholarship. This paper applies concepts of musical change as developed by such scholars as Nettl, Malm, Blacking, Merriam and Garfias to the evolving Turkish genre of Zurna.”

Music as Protest Strategy: The Example of Tiananmen Square, 1989
by Valerie Samson

“During the spring of 1989, the capital city of the People’s Republic of China became paralyzed by demonstrations that brought the nation to the brink of civil war. At that time I was studying at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, only a fifteen minute bicycle ride from Tiananmen square. My role as both an American and a student enhanced my status with demonstrators, enabling me to spend may hours in the square and on the streets of Beijing recording extensively with a videocamera. Singing or chanting could be heard wherever people congregated in large groups. Protestors sang children’s songs, Communist party songs, folk songs, popular songs, and at least one theme song from a television program.”

Electronic Mail Special Interest Groups in Music and Dance: An Assessment
by Samuel Will Parnes

“An index of newsgroups and other electronic resources relevant to the concerns of ethnomusicologists. With the recent explosion of interest in WWW development, many new resources have emerged since the publication of this article. Nonetheless, it provides an introduction to the wide array of internet-related resources.”


Tradition and Innovation: Vortrage des 14. Seminars fur Volksmusikforschung, Wien, 1985.
ed. Deutsch

reviewed by James Porter

Drumming at the Edge of Magic: A Journey into the Spirit of Percussion
by Mickey Hart, et. al.
New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1990.
Extensive photos, diagrams. 263 pp.

reviewed by Kenneth Sacks

Planet Drum: A Celebration of Percussion and Rhythm
by Mickey Hart, et. al.

New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1991.
Extensive photos, diagrams. 223 pp.

reviewed by Michael Bakan

by Alma Guillermoprieto

reviewed by Brian Hodel

The Autobiography of Takahashi Chikuzan: Adventures of a Tsugaru-jamisen Musician
reviewed by Paul Humphries and Miri Park

A Guide to the Gamelan
by Niel Sorrell
London: Faber and Faber, 1990. 142 pp.

reviewed by David Harnish

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Therese Mahoney
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