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Professor Levine Publishes 'This Thing Called Music'

Colorado College Professor of Music Vicki Levine has co-edited a volume of essays titled "This Thing Called Music: Essays in Honor of Bruno Nettl." She also is a contributor of one of the 35 essays in the book, authoring "Regional Songs in Local and Translocal Spaces: The Duck Dance Revisited."

For scholars in the field of musicology and related areas, the search for music - in its vastly complex and diverse forms throughout the world - characterizes the lifetime of reflection and writing by Bruno Nettl, the leading ethnomusicologist of the past generation.

The essays represent the many dimensions of musical meaning, addressing some of the most critically important areas of music scholarship today. The social formations of musical communities play counterpoint to analytical studies; investigations into musical change and survival connect ethnography to history, offering a collection of essays that can serve as an invaluable resource for the intellectual history of ethnomusicology. Each chapter explores music and its meanings in specific geographic areas - North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East - crossing the boundaries of genre, repertory, and style to provide insight into the aesthetic zones of contact between and among the folk, classical, and popular musics of the world.

Chapters offer models for detailed analysis of specific musical practices, while at the same time they make possible new methods of comparative study in the 21st century, together posing a challenge crucial to all musicians and scholars in search of "this thing called music."

The book, published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, is part of the Europea: Ethnomusicologies and Modernities series.

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