From one of the most lauded scholars in ethmusicology comes this enlightening and highly personal narrative on the evolution and current state of the field of ethmusicology. Surveying the field he helped establish, Bru Nettl investigates how concepts such as evolution, geography, and history serve as catalysts for advancing ethmusicological methods and perspectives. This entertaining collection covers Nettl's scholarly interests ranging from Native American to Mediterranean to Middle Eastern contexts while laying out the pivotal moments of the field and conversations with the giants of its past. Nettl moves from reflections on the history of ethmusicology to evaluations of the principal organizations in the field, interspersing those broader discussions with shorter essays focusing on neglected literature and personal experiences.
Bruno Nettl is professor emeritus of music and anthropology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the author of The Study of Ethnomusicology: Thirty-One Issues and Concepts and many other books.