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African Polyphony and Polyrhythm : Musical Structure and Methodology - Simha Arom

African Polyphony and Polyrhythm

Musical Structure and Methodology

By: Simha Arom, Martin Thom (Translator), Barbara Tuckett (Translator), Raymond Boyd (Translator), Gyorgy Ligeti (Foreword by)


Published: 2nd December 2004
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In this detailed study Simha Arom takes a new and original approach to the understanding of the complex and sophisticated patterns of polyphony and polyrhythm that characterise African music. Considering in particular the harp, sanza, xylophone and percussion music of Central Africa, Simha Arom develops a a rigorous method for the analysis of the music and for the recording and deciphering of the many strands of polyphony and polyrhythm. Through a systematic breakdown of the many layers of apparently improvised rhythm he reveals the essential structure which underlies this rich and complex music. Inspired also by linguistic techniques, Professor Arom regards the music very much as a grammatical system.

List of illustrations
The Music of the Central African Republic
General introduction
The general features of traditional music
African Polyphonic Music: Introduction
A classification of African polyphonies
Previous studies: the present state of the subject
Technical Tools: Methods of Recording Polyphonic Music For Transcription
The need for transcription
The difficulties of transcription
Earlier methods
Towards a new method
Theoretical assumptions
Technical equipment: description and use
From recording to transcription
Checking the results
Anthropological acceptability
Theoretical Tools
The notion of relevance
Description and analysis
The question of transcription
The Organisation of Time In African Music
A brief survey of Western rhythmics
Towards precise terminology
African rhythmics
Structural Principles And Their Applications
Analytical notions
Strict polyrhythmics
Polyrhythmics as a way to polyphony: Hocket
Polyphony produced by melodic instruments
The association of polyphony and polyrhythmics
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ISBN: 9780521616010
ISBN-10: 0521616018
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 700
Published: 2nd December 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.4  x 3.6
Weight (kg): 1.23