Music of El Dorado: The Ethnomusicology of Ancient South American Cultures Dale A. Olsen

ISBN: 9780813024400

Published: January 30th 2002

Hardcover

320 pages


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Music of El Dorado: The Ethnomusicology of Ancient South American Cultures  by  Dale A. Olsen

Music of El Dorado: The Ethnomusicology of Ancient South American Cultures by Dale A. Olsen
January 30th 2002 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 320 pages | ISBN: 9780813024400 | 10.52 Mb

In the first comprehensive synthesis of Andean musical instruments, Dale Olsen breathes life and humanity into the music making of pre-Hispanic cultures in the northern and central Andes. He assesses three decades worth of anthropological findingsMoreIn the first comprehensive synthesis of Andean musical instruments, Dale Olsen breathes life and humanity into the music making of pre-Hispanic cultures in the northern and central Andes. He assesses three decades worth of anthropological findings from diverse collections, museums, tombs, and temples. Although the instruments, ranging from the ceramic flutes of the Sinu and Tairona and the panpipes of the Paracas and Nasca to the Moches rattles, drums, and conch shell trumpets, are analyzed in great detail, Olsens is original among studies of pre-Columbian music in that it takes an interpretive rather than a purely descriptive approach.

What did music mean in the lives of these pre-Columbians? Part musical quest, part adventure of the mind, he considers not only why and when the instruments were played, but exactly how. Enhancing the text are fascinating illustrations of more than 80 archaeological musical instruments and ancient artifacts, many never before reproduced in books available in the United States.



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