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The Exotic In Western Music
Jonathan Bellman, ed.




Northeastern University Press
1997 • 416 pp. 6 x 9"
Music / Cultural Studies / ETHNOMUSICOLOGY

$40.00 Paperback, 978-1-55553-319-9



“A refreshingly balanced and exquisitely well-researched and well-written study of ‘exoticizing’ works both famous and obscure.”—Notes: Journal of the Music Library Association

A look at the ways western composers from Mozart to George Harrison have used exotic elements in their music

Exoticism has flourished in western music since the seventeenth century. A blend of familiar and unfamiliar gestures, this vibrant musical language takes the listener beyond the ordinary by evoking foreign cultures and forbidden desires.

In this pioneering collection, distinguished musicologists explore the ways in which western composers have used exotic themes for dramatic and striking effect. Interweaving historical, musical, and cultural perspectives, the contributors examine the compositional use of exotic styles and traditions in the works of artists as diverse as Mozart and George Harrison.

The volume sheds new light on a significant yet largely neglected art form, and it makes a valuable contribution to music history and cultural studies.

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