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Music of El Dorado: The Ethnomusicology of Ancient South American Cultures

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In the first comprehensive synthesis of Andean musical instruments, Dale Olsen breathes life and humanity into the music making of pre-Hispanic cultures in the northern and central Andes. He assesses three decades' worth of anthropological findings from diverse collections, museums, tombs, and temples.

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"An adventurous quest to understand the flutes of the ancient Americans of the Andes. In learning how the instruments may have been played, we are taken on a journey through contemporary and age-old rituals, to discover an aesthetic part of a culture known more for its monuments and its precipitous fall to the Spanish."--Donald R. Hill, State University of New York, Oneonta

"A fascinating exploration . . . both stimulating and provocative . . . adds an entirely new dimension to our understanding of the pre-Hispanic Andes."--Richard L. Burger, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University

In the first comprehensive synthesis of Andean musical instruments, Dale Olsen breathes life and humanity into the music making of pre-Hispanic cultures in the northern and central Andes. He assesses three decades' worth of anthropological findings from diverse collections, museums, tombs, and temples.

Although the instruments, ranging from the ceramic flutes of the Sinu and Tairona and the panpipes of the Paracas and Nasca to the Moche's rattles, drums, and conch shell trumpets are analyzed in great detail, Olsen's is original among studies of pre-Columbian music in that it takes an interpretive rather than a purely descriptive approach. What did music mean in the lives of these pre-Columbians? Part musical quest, part adventure of the mind, he considers not only why and when the instruments were played, but exactly how.

Enhancing the text are fascinating illustrations of more than 80 archaeological musical instruments and ancient artifacts, many never before reproduced in books available in the United States.

Dale A. Olsen is Distinguished Research Professor of ethnomusicology and director of the Center for Music of the Americas at Florida State University.

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ISBN:
9780813029207
Author:
Olsen, Dale A.
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Ethnomusicology
Subject:
Archaeology-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20020131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
70 bandw photos, 8 line art, 6 musical e
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"An adventurous quest to understand the flutes of the ancient Americans of the Andes. In learning how the instruments may have been played, we are taken on a journey through contemporary and age-old rituals, to discover an aesthetic part of a culture known more for its monuments and its precipitous fall to the Spanish."--Donald R. Hill, State University of New York, Oneonta

"A fascinating exploration . . . both stimulating and provocative . . . adds an entirely new dimension to our understanding of the pre-Hispanic Andes."--Richard L. Burger, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University

In the first comprehensive synthesis of Andean musical instruments, Dale Olsen breathes life and humanity into the music making of pre-Hispanic cultures in the northern and central Andes. He assesses three decades' worth of anthropological findings from diverse collections, museums, tombs, and temples.

Although the instruments, ranging from the ceramic flutes of the Sinu and Tairona and the panpipes of the Paracas and Nasca to the Moche's rattles, drums, and conch shell trumpets are analyzed in great detail, Olsen's is original among studies of pre-Columbian music in that it takes an interpretive rather than a purely descriptive approach. What did music mean in the lives of these pre-Columbians? Part musical quest, part adventure of the mind, he considers not only why and when the instruments were played, but exactly how.

Enhancing the text are fascinating illustrations of more than 80 archaeological musical instruments and ancient artifacts, many never before reproduced in books available in the United States.

Dale A. Olsen is Distinguished Research Professor of ethnomusicology and director of the Center for Music of the Americas at Florida State University.

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