New Musicology Book to Press

I am pleased to announce that on Monday (April 28, 2014) the complete manuscript for a new book will finally be sent to the publisher:

Theory and Method in Historical Ethnomusicology, edited by Jonathan McCollum and David Hebert (Lexington/Rowman&Littlefield, in press, 2014).

Click HERE for a link to a preview of this book, as published in the journal Ethnomusicology Review.

Click HERE for a book announcement and sales information on the Amazon website.

This book offers a detailed description of new developments in global music historiography, including techniques applicable to historical research across an array of music specializations: ethnomusicology, historical musicology, jazz studies, popular music studies, early music performance practice, and music education history. It presents a unique perspective, informed by recent technological developments as well as interdisciplinary application of new theories from such fields as philosophy of history and historical sociology.


Foreword: The Past is No Longer a Foreign Country                         ix        
Keith Howard

Acknowledgments                                                                       xvii

Chapter 1
Foundations of Historical Ethnomusicology                                     1
Jonathan McCollum and David G. Hebert

Chapter 2
Methodologies for Historical Ethnomusicology
in the Twenty-First Century                                                          35
David G. Hebert and Jonathan McCollum

Chapter 3
Philosophy of History and Theory in Historical
Ethnomusicology                                                                                    83
David G. Hebert and Jonathan McCollum

Chapter 4
Hearing Echoes, Sensing History: The Challenges
of Musical Diaspora                                                                     147
Judah Cohen

Chapter 5
Ancient Music, Modern Myth: Persian Music
and the Pursuit of Methodology in Historical
Ethnomusicology                                                                                    173
Ann Lucas

Chapter 6
Analysis of Notation in Music Historiography:
Armenian Neumatic Khaz from the Ninth through
Early Twentieth Centuries                                                             195
Jonathan McCollum

Chapter 7
Southern American Fiddling through the
Mid-Nineteenth Century: Three Snapshots with
Modern Connections                                                                    255
Chris Goertzen

Chapter 8
A Tale of Two Sensibilities: Hindustani Music and
its Histories                                                                                277
Daniel M. Neuman

Chapter 9
The Legacy of Music Archives in Historical
Ethnomusicology: A Model for Engaged Ethnomusicology                 283
Diane Thram

Chapter 10
Contested Contextualization: The Historical
Construction of East Asian Music                                                   311
Keith Howard

Chapter 11
Advancing Historical Ethnomusicology                                    335
Jonathan McCollum and David G. Hebert

Index                                                                                                  358
About the Contributors

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77,000 Page Views
For seven years I have posted a few statements per month onto this blog, typically just some recent observations or an update of my activities as a music professor. It is hard to believe that as of this week there have been a total of over 77,000 page views. Below are images that describe the audience, which turns out to be quite international, and it is also interesting to compare the charts for “all time” vs. “this month”. There are many visitors from Eastern Europe this month, probably related to my recent keynote speech in Poland and visit to Latvia, but recently there are fewer visitors from Oceania, perhaps because it has been such a long time since I was living in New Zealand.


Music and Globalization

Soon the 11th international conference Musica Practica, Musica Theoretica will be held at the Academy of Music in Poznan, Poland, on the theme of “Music from the Perspective of Globalization”. I look forward to giving a keynote speech for this conference, which I have entitled “Globalization and Research Methods in Musicology” (displayed: public domain image, map of Poznan from 1617).
Following the conference in Poland, I will participate in the 7th international conference Theory for Practice in the Education of Contemporary Society in Riga, Latvia. I gave a keynote speech for that conference in 2012, and will be chairing a session and presenting a paper this year.

This travel to Poland and Latvia (sponsored by Erasmus and Nordplus programs) follows the conclusion of another fascinating project: Across the past week I have performed as a member of an opera chorus with the Edvard Grieg Choir in the Bergen National Opera production of Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera, The Golden Cockerel. This was presented with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Grieg Hall, featuring outstanding artistic directors and soloists. It was a great pleasure to work with such accomplished professionals across an array of fields: directors, choreographers, stage designers, costume makers, conductors, dancers, singers, etc. News media and critics have awarded this opera production the highest possible ratings, noting the “world class soloists with dazzling stage design and direction”. Displayed here are publicity photos by Magnus Skrede, released on the Bergen National Opera website. In these scenes from the opera, I am the Boyar in the red hat and robe, gesturing toward the dancers and gazing at our dying Tsar (played by Andrew Shore). The diverse participants in this opera demonstrate the role of globalization in music today, with soloists, directors, managers and orchestral musicians from all throughout the world. 

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