Towards a global music history : intercultural convergence, fusion, and transformation in the human musical story /

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Hijleh, Mark,


Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge,, United Kingdom, p.viii, 241 pages : (2019)

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(OCoLC)fst00976084, (OCoLC)fst01030269, (OCoLC)fst01030477, (OCoLC)fst01181345, fast, History and criticism., History., Intercultural communication, Intercultural communication., Music, Music and globalization., Music., World history.


Includes bibliographical references and index.1. Introduction: global musicianship and global musicology -- pt. I The Afro-Eurasian Old World Web, c. 3500 BCE-1500 CE -- 2. Precedents to the Silk Road -- 3. The first pivotal convergence: the Silk Road, c. 200 BCE-900 CE -- 4. The second pivotal convergence: Al-Andalus, Byzantium, and the European coming of age c. 700-1500 CE -- pt. II The New World Web, the third pivotal convergence, and the acceleration of fusion, c. 1500-1920 CE -- 5. A musical Columbian exchange -- 6. The rise of transcultural musics in the United States -- 7. Expanded acceleration: empires and exoticism -- pt. III The Global Web and continuous transformation, since c. 1920 CE -- 8. The full flowering and influence of the American musical convergence -- 9. Technology, convergence, and the age of instantaneous exchange -- 10. Conclusion: global music history-intercultural or transcultural?"How do we explain the globalized musical world in which we find ourselves in the early 21st century and how did we arrive here? This extraordinary book outlines an understanding of the human musical story as an intercultural-and ultimately a transcultural-one, with travel and trade as the primary conditions and catalysts for the ongoing development of musical styles. Starting with the cultural and civilizational precedents that gave rise to the first global trading and travel network in both directions across the Afro-Eurasian Old World Web in the form of the Silk Road, the book proceeds to the rise of al-Andalus and its influence on Europe through the Iberian peninsula before considering the fusion of European, African and indigenous musics that emerged in the Americas between c1500-1920 as part of Atlantic culture and the New World Web, as well as the concurrent acceleration of globalism in music through European empires and exoticism. The book concludes by examining the musical implications of our current Age of Instantaneous Exchange that technology permits, and by revisiting the question of interculturality and transculurality in music."--Publisher's description