Paperback / softback
September 17, 2009
9780819569349
English
320
13 illus., 11 figs., 56 tables, 29 musical examples
10.00 Inches (US)
7.00 Inches (US)
1.45 Pounds (US)
$34.95 USD, £27.50 GBP
v2.1 Reference

Songs, Dreamings, and Ghosts, second edition

The Wangga of North Australia

Winner of the Stanner Award from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Studies (2006)

Aboriginal musicians receive songs both from an eternal realm known as The Dreaming and from the ghosts of deceased ancestors. Songs, Dreamings, and Ghosts is the first book-length study of wangga, a musical and ceremonial genre of Aboriginal people of the Daly Region of Northern Australia. This work is a labor of love, the culmination of nearly 20 years of field work and research by renowned ethnomusicologist Allan Marett, and represents the only comprehensive documentation of a single major genre of Aboriginal music. With first-hand, in-depth knowledge of Northwest Australia's Aboriginal cultures, Marett provides the reader with a penetrating description and analysis of this compelling musical practice. This book makes a significant contribution to knowledge of Aboriginal studies, and provides a rare glimpse into relatively unknown traditions and cultures. It includes illustrations, musical examples, and links to a web-based virtual CD loaded with samples of this fascinating music, closely linked to the text, at http://www.wesleyan.edu/wespress/wanggacd/.

About the Author

A recognized authority on Aboriginal music and culture, ALLAN MARETT is a professor of musicology and director of the Centre for Music Research at the University of Sydney.

Reviews

"The culmination of nearly twenty years of ethnomusicological research among the Aboriginal peoples of the Daly region of northwest Australia (Marri-tjevin and Marri-ammu), this exemplary work extends and deepens our understanding of Aboriginal traditional song, while going a long way toward closing the gap between our scant knowledge of Aboriginal musical arts and our abundant knowledge of Aboriginal painting...Allan Marett is to be congratulated for his painstaking work in doing justice to the Aboriginal songmen whose work it is to keep their ancestral world alive."—Michael Jackson, Journal of Folklore Research

"In this brilliant and passionate book, Allan Marett reaches profound insights on Australian Aboriginal music through detailed analysis of the musical and linguistic features of many wangga songs, some of their accompanying dances, and the social and cosmological processes enacted through their performance."—Anthony Seeger, professor of ethnomusicology, UCLA

"It is rare to find such a detailed and developed musical analysis in a single publication. This is a major advance on other ethnomusicological studies on Indigenous Australia and will become the new standard against which to judge subsequent contributions."—Stephen Wild, Graduate Convenor in Music, Australian National University

"an intelligent and detailed look at and attitude towards music and performance outside Western traditions that really does a magnificent job of making the subject cleara scholarly book, butfascinating."—Robert M. Tilendis, The Green Man Review

"It is rare to find such a detailed and developed musical analysis in a single publication. This is a major advance on other ethnomusicological studies on Indigenous Australia and will become the new standard against which to judge subsequent contributions."—Stephen Wild, Graduate Convenor in Music, Australian National University

"an intelligent and detailed look at and attitude towards music and performance outside Western traditions that really does a magnificent job of making the subject cleara scholarly book, butfascinating."—Robert M. Tilendis, The Green Man Review

"Marett provides a model for how to successfully integrate social and musical analysis, not just in the Australian context, but within ethnomusicology more generally This book is admirably concise and efficient in its distillation of an enormous amount of information into 325 pagesSongs, Dreamings, and Ghosts is one of the finest books on Australian music published to date."—Steven Knopoff, The World of Music

"Marett provides a model for how to successfully integrate social and musical analysis, not just in the Australian context, but within ethnomusicology more generally This book is admirably concise and efficient in its distillation of an enormous amount of information into 325 pagesSongs, Dreamings, and Ghosts is one of the finest books on Australian music published to date."—Steven Knopoff, The World of Music

"The culmination of nearly twenty years of ethnomusicological research among the Aboriginal peoples of the Daly region of northwest Australia (Marri-tjevin and Marri-ammu), this exemplary work extends and deepens our understanding of Aboriginal traditional song, while going a long way toward closing the gap between our scant knowledge of Aboriginal musical arts and our abundant knowledge of Aboriginal paintingAllan Marett is to be congratulated for his painstaking work in doing justice to the Aboriginal songmen whose work it is to keep their ancestral world alive."—Michael Jackson, Journal of Folklore Research

"This bookdeserves the widest possible attention, not just because Marett is the doyen of Australian ethnomusicologists, and this is his masterwork, but because the art form he seeks to anatomise is dying."—Nicolas Rothwell, The Australian

"The culmination of nearly twenty years of ethnomusicological research among the Aboriginal peoples of the Daly region of northwest Australia (Marri-tjevin and Marri-ammu), this exemplary work extends and deepens our understanding of Aboriginal traditional song, while going a long way toward closing the gap between our scant knowledge of Aboriginal musical arts and our abundant knowledge of Aboriginal paintingAllan Marett is to be congratulated for his painstaking work in doing justice to the Aboriginal songmen whose work it is to keep their ancestral world alive."—Michael Jackson, Journal of Folklore Research

"This bookdeserves the widest possible attention, not just because Marett is the doyen of Australian ethnomusicologists, and this is his masterwork, but because the art form he seeks to anatomise is dying."—Nicolas Rothwell, The Australian

Endorsements

"In this brilliant and passionate book, Allan Marett reaches profound insights on Australian Aboriginal music through detailed analysis of the musical and linguistic features of many wangga songs, some of their accompanying dances, and the social and cosmological processes enacted through their performance."—Anthony Seeger, professor of ethnomusicology, UCLA

"It is rare to find such a detailed and developed musical analysis in a single publication. This is a major advance on other ethnomusicological studies on Indigenous Australia and will become the new standard against which to judge subsequent contributions."—Stephen Wild, Graduate Convenor in Music, Australian National University
Wesleyan University Press
Music / Culture
second edition

9780819569349 : songs-dreamings-and-ghosts-2nd-edition-marett
Paperback / softback
320 Pages
$34.95 USD

Other Titles from Music / Culture

Beyoncé in the World

Christina Baade
Jun 2021 - Wesleyan University Press
$90.00 USD - Hardback
$27.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Genre Publics

Emma Baulch
Nov 2020 - Wesleyan University Press
$24.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$80.00 USD - Hardback

The Cultural Work

Corinna Campbell
Jun 2020 - Wesleyan University Press
$85.00 USD - Hardback
$26.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$21.99 USD - Electronic book text

Other Titles in MUSIC / General

A New and Concise History of Rock and R&B through the Early 1990s

Eric Charry
Mar 2020 - Wesleyan University Press
$28.00 USD - Paperback / softback
$22.99 USD - Electronic book text

American Music Documentary

Benjamin J. Harbert
Jun 2018 - Wesleyan University Press
$85.00 USD - Hardback
$27.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$22.99 USD - Electronic book text

Eight Lectures on Experimental Music

edited by Alvin Lucier
Nov 2017 - Wesleyan University Press
$24.95 USD - Hardback
$19.99 USD - Electronic book text