School of music
Thinking Aloud
Ethnomusicology: From Classical Music to World Music
Throughout history humans have raised musical praises in search ofspirituality, to give thanks for blessings, to hail deities or summondead ancestors, and to accompany important ceremonies. Simpleinstruments fashioned from wood, reeds, bamboo, gourds, animal bone,and other ready-to-hand materials suggest that the need for musicinspires ingenuity and supersedes the desire to boast wealth. Ethnomusicologist Larry V. Shumway reflects on the history and utility of his profession. Jerry Jaccard joins the interview as co-host, bringing to bear his expertise as a folksong researcher.nbsp; —Original airdate: 1/10/2007

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