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Thinking Musically

Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture

Third Edition

Bonnie C. Wade

Publication Date - 14 December 2012

ISBN: 9780199844869

256 pages
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

In Stock


As the cornerstone of the Global Music Series, Thinking Musically, Third Edition, explores musical diversity by integrating the sounds and traditions of world cultures. Bonnie C. Wade discusses how various cultural influences-gender, ethnicity, mass media, westernization, nationalism, and acculturation-are shaping music and the ways that we experience it.

* Simplified and incorporates recent additions to the Global Music Series
* New charts and diagrams delve into important musical concepts
* Updated companion website includes a new guide to online and print resources, a sample syllabi, and teaching tips

Visit www.oup.com/us/globalmusic for a list of case studies in the Global Music Series. The website also includes instructional material to accompany each study.

About the Author(s)

Bonnie C. Wade is Professor of Music, Chair of the Faculty Group in Asian Studies, and holder of the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She has served as President of the Society of Ethnomusicology.

Previous Publication Date(s)

November 2008
September 2003


"Thinking Musically combines features of a course in musicianship with courses on the introduction to music and music cultures in different parts of the world. There is no other book like this on the market." -Eliot Bates, Cornell University

"Thinking Musically will provide students with a strong foundation from which they can shape their own research goals as young scholars."-Ruth Emily Rosenberg, University of Illinois, Chicago

Table of Contents

    CD Track List
    A Note to Readers
    1. Thinking about Music
    --Music Makers
    --In Terms of Sound
    --Calling Something "Music"
    --Aesthetic Values in Music
    --Music and Textual Meaning
    --Music as Text
    Transmission of Musical Knowledge
    --Oral and Aural Transmission
    --Visual Transmission in the form of notation
    2. Thinking about Instruments
    Instruments as Objects
    --Ideas about Instrument Types
    --Ideas about Particular Instruments
    ---Associations of Sexuality and Gender
    ---Spiritual Associations
    ---Cultural Status
    ---Aesthetic Value
    ---Item of Technology
    ----Item of Commodity
    ---Timbre and Aesthetics of Sound
    Instruments in Musical Practice
    --Instrumental Capacity
    --Ideas about Ensemble
    ---Heterogeneous and Homogeneous
    ---- Sound Ideals
    ---Musical Roles
    ---Aesthetics of Ensembles
    3. Thinking about Time
    --Free Rhythm
    --Rhythm for the Text Alone
    ---From free rhythm to relatively more organized time
    Organizing Time into Units
    ---At the lever of a Single Beat
    ---Metric Structures with Flexible Means of Articulation
    ---Duple and Triple Meters
    ---Some Other Meters
    ---South Indian T?la
    ---Metric Structures with Given Means of Articulation
    ---Southeast Asian Colotomic Meter
    ---North Indian T?la
    ---Middle Eastern Rhythmic Modes
    ---Rhythmic Groupings
    ---Korean Changdan
    4. Thinking about Pitch
    --Pitch Names
    Setting the Pitch
    --Who Sets the Pitch
    --Pitch Placement
    Pitches in Succession
    ---Naming Intervals
    ---The Chromatic Scale
    ---Diatonic Scales
    ---The "Oriental" Scale
    --Number of Pitches in an Octave
    --Pitch Functions
    --Melodic Mode
    Simultaneous Pitches
    --Naming "Vertical" Intervals
    --Dissonance and Consonance
    --Western Functional Harmony
    --Tone Clusters
    Interplay Among Melodic and Harmonic Parts
    --Performing One Melody
    ---Solo and in Unison
    ---Interlocking Parts
    --Performing One Melody with Another Part
    ---Melody and Drone
    ---Melody and Chords
    --Performing Multiple Melodies
    ---Melody and Ostinato
    5. Thinking about Structuring
    Improvising and Composing
    --Persons Who Compose
    Putting Something Significant First
    --Sonata Form
    --North Indian Instrumental Form
    Coming to an End
    Telling the Story
    --Music for the Moment
    --Through-composed Music
    --Contrasting Instrumentation
    --Strophic Form
    Responding to the Context
    --Audience-Performer Interaction
    --Intra-ensemble Interaction
    --Music and Movement
    Social Values
    6. Thinking Critically about Issues
    Encounters and Identities
    --A Focus on Influences
    --A Focus on Boundaries
    ---The National Community
    ---Regional Identity
    ---Multiple Identities
    Transcending Boundaries
    --The Mass Media
    --The Local
    7. Thinking about Fieldwork
    Picking a Project
    Planning the Project
    Doing the Project
    Finishing the Project
    Glossary of Musical Terms

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