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Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World's Peoples, Shorter Version 3rd Edition

Jeff Todd Titon (General Editor), Timothy J. Cooley (co-author), David Locke, David P. McAllester, Anne K. Rasmussen (co-author), David B. Reck, John M. Schechter, Jonathan P.J. Stock (co-author), R. Anderson Sutton

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2005, 2001
  • 464 Pages


This shorter version of the best-selling WORLDS OF MUSIC provides much of the authoritative coverage of the comprehensive version in a format that's accessible to students without any background or training in music. Using a case-study approach, the text presents in-depth explorations of music of several cultures from around the world. The authors, all ethnomusicologists working in their fields of expertise, base their discussions of music-cultures on their own fieldwork, and give students a true sense of both the music and culture that created it. General editor, Jeff Todd Titon, has written the text's opening chapter that introduces students to ethnomusicology and relates each chapter's music heard on the accompanying CDs to the fundamentals of music in a worldwide context. The text concludes with a chapter that invites students to participate by undertaking a fieldwork research project that increases a student's understanding of music in daily life. The supplementary three-CD set works hand in hand with the authors' prose, providing students with access to a wide range of music-cultures and include authentic recordings from the authors' fieldwork. Leading off is the long-standing jewel in the WORLDS OF MUSIC crown – James Koetting's magnificent recording of postal workers canceling stamps at the University of Ghana post office. A Western-sounding hymn tune performed against African rhythms, this piece, more that any other, lets the student hear contrasting music-cultures.

Jeff Todd Titon (General Editor), Brown University

Jeff Todd Titon is Professor of Music, Emeritus, at Brown University, where he directed the Ph.D. program in ethnomusicology from 1986 to 2013. He received a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota, where he studied ethnomusicology with Alan Kagan, cultural anthropology with Pertti Pelto, and musicology with Johannes Riedel. He founded the ethnomusicology program at Tufts University, where he taught from 1971 to 1986. From 1990 to 1995 he served as the editor of Ethnomusicology, the journal of the Society for Ethnomusicology. He has done ethnographic fieldwork in North America on religious folk music, blues music, and old-time fiddling, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. For two years, he was the guitarist in the Lazy Bill Lucas Blues Band, a group that appeared at the 1970 Ann Arbor Blues Festival. He founded and directed an old-time, Appalachian, string-band ethnomusicology ensemble at Tufts (1981–1986) and then at Brown (1986–2013). He is the author or editor of eight books, including Early Downhome Blues, which won the ASCAP–Deems Taylor Award, Give Me This Mountain, Powerhouse for God, and the Oxford Handbook of Applied Ethnomusicology. A documentary photographer and filmmaker as well as author, he is considered a pioneer in applied ethnomusicology, phenomenological ethnography, and ecomusicology. His most recent research may be tracked on his blog at

Timothy J. Cooley (co-author), University of California, Santa Barbara

Timothy J. Cooley is Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he teaches courses in Polish and American vernacular, and folk, and popular music, as well as music and sports, and music and tourism. He also is affiliated faculty with the university's Global and International Studies Program. He earned a Master's degree in Music History at Northwestern University, and received his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at Brown University, where he studied with Jeff Todd Titon. His book MAKING MUSIC IN THE POLISH TATRAS: TOURISTS, ETHNOGRAPHERS, AND MOUNTAIN MUSICIANS won the 2006 Orbis Prize for Polish Studies, awarded by the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. He enjoys playing Polish mountain fiddle music, American old-time banjo, and singing in choirs. A revised second edition of his book SHADOWS IN THE FIELD: NEW PERSPECTIVES FOR FIELDWORK IN ETHNOMUSICOLOGY, edited with Gregory F. Barz, was published in 2008. Cooley served as the editor of ETHNOMUSICOLOGY, the journal of the Society for Ethnomusicology. His most recent book, SURFING ABOUT MUSIC (2014) considers how surfers from around the world musically express their ideas about surfing and the surfing communities, and how surfing as a sport and lifestyle is represented in popular culture.

David Locke, Tufts University

David Locke received the Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University in 1978, where he studied with David McAllester, Mark Slobin, and Gen'ichi Tsuge. At Wesleyan his teachers of traditional African music included Abraham Adzinyah and Freeman Donkor. From 1975 to 1977, he conducted doctoral dissertation fieldwork in Ghana under the supervision of Professor J.H.K. Nketia. In Ghana his teachers and research associates included Godwin Agbeli, Midawo Gideon Foli Alorwoyie, and Abubakari Lunna. He has published numerous books and articles on African music and regularly performs the repertories of music and dance about which he writes. He teaches at Tufts University, where he currently serves as the director of the master's degree program in ethnomusicology and as a faculty advisor in the Tufts-in-Ghana Foreign Study Program. His current projects include an oral history and musical documentation of dance-drumming of the Dagbamba people and an in-depth musical documentation of Agbadza, an idiom of Ewe music, in collaboration with Professor Gideon Foli Alorwoyie. He is active in the Society for Ethnomusicology and has served as the president of its Northeast Chapter.

David P. McAllester, Wesleyan University, Emeritus

David P. McAllester received the Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University, where he studied with George Herzog. A student of American Indian music since 1938, he undertook fieldwork among the Comanches, Hopis, Apaches, Navajos, Penobscots, and Passamaquoddies. He was the author of such classic works in ethnomusicology as Peyote Music, Enemy Way Music, Myth of the Great Star Chant, and Navajo Blessingway Singer (with coauthor Charlotte Frisbie). He was one of the founders of the Society for Ethnomusicology, and he served as its president and the editor of its journal, Ethnomusicology. Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Music at Wesleyan University, he passed away in 2006.

Anne K. Rasmussen (co-author), College of William and Mary

Anne K. Rasmussen is Professor of Music and Ethnomusicology and the Bickers Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the College of William and Mary, where she also directs the Middle Eastern Music Ensemble. Her research interests include music of the Arab and Islamic world; music and multiculturalism in the United States; music patronage and politics; issues of orientalism, nationalism, and gender in music; fieldwork; music performance; and the ethnographic method. Rasmussen received a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she studied with A. J. Racy, Timothy Rice, and Nazir Jairazbhoy. Gerard Béhague and Scott Marcus are also among her influential teachers. Rasmussen is author of Women, the Recited Qur’an, and Islamic Music in Indonesia (2010); coeditor with David Harnish of Divine Inspirations: Music and Islam in Indonesia (2011), coeditor with Kip Lornell of The Music of Multicultural America (1997, 2015); and editor of a special issue of the world of music on “The Music of Oman” (2012). She is the author of articles and book chapters in numerous publications and has produced four CD compact disc recordings. Winner of the Jaap Kunst Prize for best article in published in 2000, she also received the Merriam Prize honorable mention for her 2010 book from the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM). Rasmussen has served that society twice as a board member and was elected SEM president in 2014.

David B. Reck, Amherst College

David B. Reck received the Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University, where he studied under Mark Slobin and David P. McAllester. With grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Arts Foundation, the American Institute of Indian Studies, and others, he traveled extensively in India, Mexico, and Southeast and East Asia. AA senior disciple of the legendary master musician, Mme. Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, he is an accomplished veena player and has performed widely in India, Europe, and the Americas. As a composer in the 1960s and 1970s, his works were performed at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Tanglewood, and at numerous international new music festivals. His publications include MUSIC OF THE WHOLE EARTH, chapters in IT WAS TWENTY YEARS AGO TODAY and articles in THE GARLAND ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WORLD MUSIC. He also has published articles on aspects of India's music, the Beatles, J.S. Bach, and cross-influences between the West and the Orient. He and his wife, photographer Carol Reck, live in Chennai. Currently he is Professor Emeritus of Asian Languages and Civilizations, and of Music, at Amherst College.

John M. Schechter, University of California, Santa Cruz

John M. Schechter is Professor of Music (ethnomusicology and music theory) at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He received his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied ethnomusicology with Gerard Béhague, folklore with Américo Paredes, Andean anthropology with Richard Schaedel, and Quechua with Louisa Stark and Guillermo Delgado-P. From 1986 to 2000, he directed the UC Santa Cruz Taki Ñan and Voces Latin American Ensembles. With Guillermo Delgado-P., Schechter is co-editor of QUECHUA VERBAL ARTISTRY: THE INSCRIPTION OF ANDEAN VOICES/ARTE EXPRESIVO QUECHUA: LA INSCRIPCIÓN DE VOCES ANDINAS (2004), a volume dedicated to Quechua song text, narrative, poetry, dialogue, myth, and riddle. His article in this anthology, co-authored with Enrique Andrade Albuja, examines the Quechua-language rhetorical style of this gifted northern Ecuadorian highland raconteur. Schechter is general editor of, and contributing author to, MUSIC IN LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE: REGIONAL TRADITIONS (1999), a volume examining music-cultural traditions in distinct regions of Latin America. He authored THE INDISPENSABLE HARP: HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT, MODERN ROLES, CONFIGURATIONS, AND PERFORMANCE PRACTICES IN ECUADOR AND LATIN AMERICA (1992). In 2005, he penned a tribute to Gerard Béhague at the scholar's untimely passing that year. Schechter's other publications have explored, among other topics, formulaic expression in Ecuadorian Quechua sanjuán, and the ethnography, cultural history, and artistic depictions of the Latin American/Iberian child's wake music-ritual. In January 2007, he was interviewed by John Summa and John Travers, co-directors of the planned documentary film, "The Power of Their Song: The Untold Story of Latin America's New Song Movement," where he addressed the songs of Víctor Jara and general characteristics of the Nueva Canción Movement. The film is scheduled for airing and distribution in fall 2007.

Jonathan P.J. Stock (co-author), University of Sheffield

Jonathan P. J. Stock received a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at the Queen’s University of Belfast, where he studied with Rembrandt Wolpert, Martin Stokes, and John Blacking. His field research has been funded by the British Council, the China State Education Commission, the United Kingdom’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, and Taiwan’s National Endowment for the Arts. It has been carried out in several parts of China, Taiwan, and England, and centered primarily on understanding the transformation of folk traditions in the modern and contemporary worlds. He is the author of two academic books on Chinese music, as well as the multivolume textbook, World Sound Matters: An Anthology of Music from Around the World. He is active as an editor, currently coediting the journal Ethnomusicology Forum. His current research focus is the music of the Bunun people in Taiwan, but he has also written recently on the history of Chinese music and on the use of world music in science fiction. Formerly the chair of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology and now an executive board member of the International Council for Traditional Music, he founded the ethnomusicology program at the University of Sheffield in 1998 and now serves as Professor and Head of the School of Music and Theatre, University College Cork, Ireland.

R. Anderson Sutton, University of Wisconsin, Madison

R. Anderson Sutton received the Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Judith Becker and William Malm. He was introduced to Javanese music while an undergraduate at Wesleyan University, and made it the focus of his master's study at the University of Hawaii, studying gamelan with Hardja Susilo. On numerous occasions he has conducted field research in Indonesia, with grants from the East-West Center, Fulbright-Hays, Social Science Research Council, National Endowment for the Humanities, Wenner-Gren Foundation and American Philosophical Society. He is the author of TRADITIONS OF GAMELAN MUSIC IN JAVA; VARIATION IN CENTRAL JAVANESE GAMELAN MUSIC; CALLING BACK THE SPIRIT: MUSIC, DANCE, AND CULTURAL POLITICS IN LOWLAND SOUTH SULAWESI; and numerous articles on Javanese music. His current research concerns music and media in Indonesian and South Korea. Active as a gamelan musician since 1971, he has performed with several professional groups in Indonesia and directed numerous performances in the United States. He has served as the first vice president and book review editor for the Society for Ethnomusicology, and as a member of the Working Committee on Performing Arts for the Festival of Indonesia (1990–1992). He has taught at the University of Hawaii and the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he is Professor of Music and Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies.
  • Two CDs that previously accompanied the text have been replaced with a more robust and inclusive three CD set that may be purchased along with the text.
  • New coverage of China, Eastern Europe and the Arab World.
  • Timed "Close Listening" guides keyed to music samples on CD have been added to the transcripts in musical notation, making discussions of musical form/structure accessible to students regardless of their ability to read music.
  • Salient Features Boxes. Every music-culture now has boxes delineating the salient features of a culture and its music-making it much easier for the student to identify both.
  • Study Questions. To help the non-major in music remember the important points of a music culture, the Worlds of Music authors supply study questions at the end of each chapter.
  • Easier key term identification with boldfaced terms and in-text pronunciations, as well as a full glossary and seperate index, to smooth readers' way through the new terminology.
  • Each chapter begins with a brief survey of music in a large geographical area and then follows with a case study that explores in depth the music of a representative culture.
  • The book presents unmatched authority and scholarship from ethnomusicologists who write for the student coming fresh to the musics of the world.
  • Much of the music on the three CD set is from the authors' own fieldwork and all is chosen with an eye to the selection that best introduces the student to a culture's music.
  • Outstanding musician biographies and autobiographies add an experiential dimension to a given music-culture.
  • Listening guides, salient feature boxes, study questions, and a pronunciation glossary of important terms help the student hear the music, understand the culture, and remember the material.
The Soundscape. The Music-Culture. What is Music?. Structure in Music.
A Music-Culture Performance Model. The Four Components of a Music-Culture.
Ecological and Sustainable Worlds of Music. Study Questions. Resources.
Three Different Styles. Music of the Navajos. The Native American Flute Revival. Study Questions. Resources.
Postal Workers Canceling Stamps . Agbekor: Music and Dance of the Ewe People. Drummers of the Dagbamba. Shona Mbira Music. The BaAka People Singing "Makala". Conclusion as Discussion. Study Questions. Resources.
Music of Worship. Music of Work. Music of Play. Blues. A Few Final Words. Study Questions. Resources .
Europe: An Overview. Social and Political Organization. The Sounds of European Music. Case Study: Podhale, Polish Tatra Region. European Regional Musics on the Global Stage: Two Case Studies. Reinterpreting Europe. Study Questions. Resources .
History, Culture and Music. Many Musics. Classical Music. A Carnatic Music Performance. Indian Music and the West. Study Questions. Resources.
Central Java. Bali. Indonesian Popular Music. Conclusion. Study Questions. Resources.
A Cross-Section of Chinese Music. Folk Song. Instrumental Ensemble Traditions. Opera and Ballad Traditions. Solo Instrumental Traditions. Religious Tradtions. Popular Music. Chinese Music/World Music? Study Questions. Resources.
Chilean Nueva Canción: Victor Jara and Inti Illimani. Bolivian K''antu. The Quichua of the Northern Andes of Ecuador. The Andean Ensemble Phenomenon: Going Abroad. Afro-Peruvian Music: A Landó. Despedida, or Farewell. Study Questions. Resources.
"Arabia". The Takht Ensemble. Religion and Music in the Arab World. Music in History/Music as History. The Maghrib. The Music of Celebration: Communal Music Making at a Wedding in Morocco. Poetry and Core Values of Bedouin Culture. Homeland and Diaspora: An Unexpected Reaction. From Diaspora to Globalization.: Ofra Haza and World Beat. Concluding Remarks. Study Questions. Resources.
Music in Our Own Backyards. Doing Musical Ethnography. References. Glossary.

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