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Performing EthnomusicologyTeaching and Representation in World Music Ensembles$
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Ted Solis

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520238749

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520238749.001.0001

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Creating a Community, Negotiating Among Communities

Creating a Community, Negotiating Among Communities

Performing Middle Eastern Music for a Diverse Middle Eastern and American Public

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(p.202) Chapter 11 Creating a Community, Negotiating Among Communities
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Performing Ethnomusicology
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Scott Marcus

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520238749.003.0012

This chapter provides a discussion on performing Middle Eastern music for a diverse Middle Eastern and American public. One would intuitively assume that most of the defining aspects of a given type of ensemble are dictated by the cultural and geographic focus, with a variety of other forces helping to shape each group. Many elements are determined by the ensemble's director, others are affected by the environment of the home university, and still others come about because of the nature of the surrounding community, and often because of the active participation by specific members of this community. Further, ensemble membership fluctuates as new people join in and other members leave. Thus, it is part of their nature that ensembles grow and change over time. This chapter also deals with structuring Middle Eastern and Indian ensembles and discusses a Middle East ensemble repertoire model. Lastly it gives a synoptic view of a sense of community inside and outside the UCSB Middle East Ensemble.

Keywords:   Middle East Ensemble, geographic focus, Middle Eastern music, Indian ensembles, ensemble membership

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