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Tikopia Songs : Poetic and Musical Art of a Polynesian People of the Solomon Islands - Raymond Firth

Tikopia Songs

Poetic and Musical Art of a Polynesian People of the Solomon Islands

By: Raymond Firth, Mervyn McLean (As told to)

Hardcover Published: 22nd February 1991
ISBN: 9780521391290
Number Of Pages: 328

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Sir Raymond Firth is the most distinguished living British anthropologist, and one also internationally acclaimed. His latest work forms part of one of the fullest and most professional ethnographic accounts by any anthropologist of a nonindustrial people, an account which extends over many years. This book is about the songs of a Western Pacific people, the Tikopia, who until recently lived entirely on a small remote island of the Solomons. Their songs vary from lively dance chants to mournful funeral laments. All are novel to western ears. The book provides about 100 examples in text and in translation, discusses the relationship of the songs to the social life of the people, and includes an analysis of the structure of their music by Mervyn McClean, a noted musicologist. A cassette which reproduces about 30 of the songs that appear in the book is also available.

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"Raymond Firth sets out to provide a detailed empirical study of the social context of Tikopia song, and this he does... [a] sensitive treatment of Tikopia song and culture." The Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology "This is an excellent book if one appreciates reality and empiricism, written by the best author of ethnology of Polynesia, presenting us with rare, perhaps unique, Polynesian material...Firth has written another classic." Ethnohistory "What is truly remarkable is the vivid portrayal here of Tikopia song, performance, and aesthetics in photograph, song text, translation, and description. This is fortunate for all students of the Pacific, and for the Tikopia themselves." American Anthropologist "The commentary itself is very interesting...sensitive treatment of Tikopia song and culture..." Ellen E. Facey, The Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology

The nature of Tikopia song
Tikopia poetic language and imagery
Funeral and mourning as musical occasions
Dance and song
Musical Analysis Mervyn McLean
The structure of Tikopia music
Song texts, translations and commentary
Dance songs of everyday life
Songs of the sea and of travel
Eulogies and farewells
Songs of protest and criticism
Songs of erotic arousal and sex antagonism
Laments and funeral dirges
Songs on historical and mythic themes, and of ritual quality
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ISBN: 9780521391290
ISBN-10: 0521391296
Series: Cambridge Studies in Oral and Literate Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 22nd February 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.65

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