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Musical sense and musical meaning

Musical sense and musical meaning. An indigenous African perception
Meki Nzewi, Israel Anyahuru & Tom Ohiaraumunna et al
SAVUSA series
A copublication by Unisa Press, Pretoria, South Africa with Rozenberg, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

MUSICOLOGY / AFRICA / CULTURAL STUDIES
RELEASED MAY 2009
Item 8042, 2009
Softcover, xii+ 269 pp
ISBN 978-1-86888-551-0
Price: SA: R192.98 / Africa R233.00 / Overseas US$38.00 /
Europe: Rozenberg: www.rozenbergps.com

Musical sense and musical meaning is an exposition of the indigenous philosophy, theory and societal meaning of the African musical arts system using the Igbo conceptual paradigm. It is co-authored by five articulate Igbo ‘mother’ musicians and the scholar who studied under them. The five indigenous authorities on musical sense and musical meaning are composer-performer (performance composition) soloists on three cognate Igbo keyboard mother instruments, the ese, ukom and mgba, which are tuned drum rows. The complex compositional formula and formal principles of each music type encodes, sequences and validates the systematic procedural framework of its event. The creative integrity of the mother musician is then critical for the success of an event occasion that the orchestral type automatically accords human-cultural meaning. The musical arts thus functions as a meta-language in event context as well as an agency that organizes, structures and interprets societal systems and relationships in an African society.

This book is an anatomical study of the indigenous philosophy, theory and purpose of the musical arts in Africa using the model of three Igbo complex orchestral music practices. It as well positions the ‘professorial’ voices of specialist culture exponents explicating their creative and performance processes.

CONTENTS

  1. MUSICAL MEANING AND MUSICAL PERCEPTION
  2. TUNED DRUM ROWS: ESE, UKOM, AND MGBA
  3. THE IGBO CONCEPT OF MOTHER MUSICIANSHIP
  4. PORTRAITS OF MOTHER MUSICIANS
  5. EVENT-CONTEXT: SIGNPOSTS OF MUSICAL ARTS MEANING
  6. FACTORS OF MUSICAL ARTS INTRODUCTION AND PRESENTATION
  7. PARAMETERS OF MUSICAL SENSE: THE MODEL OF IGBO MUSICAL THEORY
  8. PERCEPTION AND COGNITIVE INTERPRETATION
  9. MUSICAL ARTS PRACTICE IN THE IGBO TRADITION
    APPENDIX
    TRANSCRIPTIONS
    REFERENCES
    LIST OF EXAMPLES
    LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

More books by the same author with Unisa Press:
Meki Nzewi has also published the following titles with Unisa Press:
Okeke. Music, myth and life: an African story. With Igbo drumming notation at the back.
Item 7533, 2006, Soft cover, 234 pp. ISBN 1 86888 335 3

Price: SA R99,00 / Africa R121,84 / Overseas US$21.69, GB£13.80, €18.98
Musical arts in Africa: Book, CD & Video (CO-AUTHORED)
SA price: R399.00 (VAT incl) Other countries in Africa: R415.00 (Airmail incl). Rest of the world: US$66.40 (Airmail incl) GB₤42.30(Airmail incl) €58.10 (Airmail incl)