An Introduction to the Study of National Music; Comprising Researches Into Popular Songs, Traditions, and Customs

An Introduction to the Study of National Music; Comprising Researches Into Popular Songs, Traditions, and Customs

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866 edition. Excerpt: Tilesius. He says that the dancers emitted at intervals a grunting sound, hog, or ugh, which we may suppose they had observed to be that of the bear in such gambols as they depicted. The Kangaroo dance of the natives of Australia is performed by the men only, while the women are singing and beating time by striking two pieces of wood together. The dancers imitate the grunting of the kangaroo, whereby they produce a kind of bass to the singing of the women, as shown in the following notation, which is taken from Freycinet's 'Voyage autour du Monde.' Mr. Polack, in describing the dances of the New Zealanders, says, "But few songs and choruses are chanted unaccompanied by action; thus, in describing a voyage, the cantator represents with his body the uneasy motion of the waves; and if the horrors of war are the theme, the several passages in it are represented with fidelity, and the arm is bared to indicate the closing scene of cannibalism, the actor pretending to gnaw the limb with marks of the most intense gratification." Forster witnessed in one of the Society Islands a dance of the natives in which "three men performed something of a pantomime drama, which represented travellers asleep and thieves dexterously conveying away their goods, round which they had for greater security placed themselves."t The traveller Erman mentions that he saw in Kamtschatka a dancer representing in a masterly manner the cautious movements of a carrion crow in the act of picking up a piece of meat. The performer had blackened his face with coal, and had some cloth spread over his extended arms to represent the wings of the bird. The crow's stealthily approaching and circumscribing the place where it spies the dainty morsel, and throwing more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
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  • English
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  • 9781236529916