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Author Lortat-Jacob, Bernard.

Title Sardinian chronicles / Bernard Lortat-Jacob ; foreword by Michel Leiris ; translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan.

Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [1995]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  780.9459 LORT  SEVEN DAY LOAN  AVAILABLE
Uniform title Chroniques sardes. English
Physical description x, 118 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm + 1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
Series Chicago studies in ethnomusicology.
Chicago studies in ethnomusicology.
Notes Includes index.
Bibliography "Other works by Bernard Lortat-Jacob": pages 109-110.
Summary Bernard Lortat-Jacob poetically evokes Sardinian music through a series of encounters with individual musicians and their families. Refusing to separate the music from the world in which it arises, Lortat-Jacob offers twelve vignettes focused on individuals such as Cocco, a chicken farmer who deciphers the shapes of his fowl and the layout of his henhouses in the constellations of a summer sky, and Pietro, a sleep-walking postman who divides his time between mail deliveries and impromptu serenades. These vignettes bring to life an art still very much alive: the music of villages with an oral tradition, sung or played in the company of others.
Through his sensitive portraits of music makers and their families, Lortat-Jacob overcomes some of the epistemological and methodological dilemmas facing his field today, while also giving the general reader a sense of the multiple and idiosyncratic ways that music is involved in everyday life. With a foreword by Michel Leiris and a compact disc containing samples of the music being discussed, this book constitutes a breakthrough in ethnomusicology that will also interest many in Mediterranean studies and European anthropology.
Subject Accordionists -- Italy -- Sardinia -- Social life and customs.
Sardinia (Italy) -- Social life and customs.
ISBN 0226493415 (paperback)
0226493407 (cloth)