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The Exotic in Western Music


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Eleven scholarly essays, most by American musicologists and one, "Jazz and Musical Exoticism," by composer and conductor Gunther Schuller, examine how "otherness" has been embraced by Western composers and incorporated into compositions as diverse as Mozart's "Turkish" opera, The Abduction from the Seraglio, and songs by George Harrison that infused British rock with the sound of Indian sitars. The essay "How Spain Got a Soul" discusses French composers, Richard Taruskin describes "orientalism" in Russian music, and Linda Austern subtitles her contribution "The Exotic, the Erotic, and the Feminine." This collection of nonjudgmental studies of a vast repertoire is recommended for large music libraries.‘Bonnie Jo Dopp, Univ. of Maryland, College Park

"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

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