Echoes of History

Echoes of History : Naxi Music in Modern China

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Based on extensive fieldwork and documentary research in China, this book is a chronicle of the musical history of Lijiang County in China's southern Yunnan Province. It focuses on Dongjing music, repertoire borrowed from China's Han ethnic majority by the indigenous Naxi inhabitants of Lijiang County. Used in Confucian worship as well as in secular entertainment, Dongjing music played a key role the Naxi minority's assimilation of Han culture over the last 200 years. Prized for its complexity and elegance, which set it apart from "rough" or "simpler" indigenous Naxi music, Dongjing played an important role in defining social relationships, since proficiency in the music and membership in the Dongjing associations signified high social status and cultural refinement.show more

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  • Hardback | 298 pages
  • 161 x 243 x 20mm | 570g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 12 halftones, 15 line illustrations
  • 0195129490
  • 9780195129496

About Helen Rees

Helen Rees is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Since 1989 she has carried out research on the traditional and tourist-oriented musics of the Naxi ethnis minority and Han ethnic majority of Yunnan Province, southwest China. She is also co-editor of Understanding Charles Seeger, Pioneer in American Musicology (1999).show more

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This book usefully includes a well-documented CD of her field recordings ... and her account is framed firmly within current ethno-musicological discourses ... Ethnographies of Chinese music are still relatively rare, and fine-grained ones such as Echoes of History are rarer still. * Keith Howard, Times Literary Supplement * Rees's book presents numerous fresh perspectives of considerable relevance to our understanding of the broader musical culture of this huge country ... this is a very good book * Music and Letters * Deserves to be widely read. It is carefully researched, accompanied by a valuable CD, and nicely written throughout * Music and Letters *show more

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