International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

Yearbook for Traditional Music. Vol. 43 (2011)

General Editor:  Don Niles

Table of Contents


  • ‘Music, Dance, and Behaviour in a New Form of Expressive Culture: The Romanian Manea’ by Anca Giurchescu and Speranţa Rădulescu.
  • ‘Binzasara: Music and Dance at Sensōji in Edo/Tōkyō’ by Gerald Groemer.
  • ‘Voices from “Under-the-Garland”: Singing, Christianity, and Cultural Transformations in Chuuk, Micronesia’ by Brian Diettrich.
  • ‘Musical Efficacy: Musicking to Survive—The Case of the Pygmies’ by Gilbert Rouget.
  • ‘Rethinking Musical Instrument Classification: Towards a Modular Approach to the Hornbostel-Sachs System’ by Stéphanie Weisser and Maarten Quanten.
  • ‘Uniqueness Re-examined: The Vietnamese Lute Đàn Đáy’ by Gisa Jähnichen.
  • ‘Change at the International Istanbul Music Festival’ by Leslie Hall.
  • ‘The Representation and Performance of African Music in German Popular Culture’ by Florian Carl.

Book Reviews

  • Bohlman, Philip V. Focus: Music, Nationalism and the Making of theNew Europe. By Marcello Sorce Keller.
  • Wang Ling 王玲. Yinyue tuxiangxue yu Yunnan minzu yinyue tuxiang yanjiu 乐图像学与云南民族音乐图像研究 [Music iconology and music iconography among the peoples of Yunnan]. By Xiao Mei.
  • Castelo-Branco, Salwa, ed. Enciclopédia da Música em Portugal no Século XX. By Rafael José de Menezes Bastos.
  • Alge, Barbara. Die Performance des Mouro in Nordportugal: Eine Studie von Tanzdramen in religiösen Kontexten. By August Schmidhofer.
  • Moore, Robin. Music in the Hispanic Caribbean: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture. By Rolando Antonio Pérez Fernández.
  • Mendívil, Julio. Ein musikalisches Stück Heimat: Ethnologische Beobachtungen zum deutschen Schlager. By Maurice Mengel.
  • Rowe, Nicholas. Raising Dust: A Cultural History of Dance in Palestine. By Tvrtko Zebec.
  • Wergin, Carsten. Kréol Blouz: Musikalische Inszenierungen von Identität und Kultur. By Helen Hahmann.
  • Santana, Josué, and Edis Sánchez. La música folclórica dominicana. By Angelina Tallaj.
  • Bouët, Jacques, Bernard Lortat-Jacob, and Speranța Rădulescu. À tue-tête: Chant et violon au pays de l’Oach, Roumanie and Stoichita, Victor Alexandre. Fabricants d’émotion: Musique et malice dans un village tsigane de Roumanie. By Colin Quigley.

Audio Reviews

Cross-regional collection

  • Irish Pirate Ballads and Other Songs of the Sea. By Aileen Dillane.


  • The Time of Bells 3: Musical Bells of Accra, Ghana. By Trevor Wiggins.

Central America and the Caribbean

  • Judeo-Caribbean Currents: Music of the Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue in Curaçao. By Timothy Rommen.

North America

  • The Best of Mance Lipscomb. By Jeff Todd Titon.
  • Pete Seeger: American Favorite Ballads. By Caroline Bithell.

South America

  • Maiteí América: Harps of Paraguay.. By Gregory J. Robinson.

South Asia

  • Indian Music Today: Masters of Raga and Tala Featured at the Concertgebouw. By Laura Leante.

Southeast Asia

  • Birmanie: Musique du théâtre classique / Burma: Classical Theatre Music. By Robert Garfias.
  • Indonésie: Chants des îles de Flores et Solor / Indonesia: Songs from the Islands of Flores and Solor. By Margaret Kartomi.


  • Bäuerliche Volksmusik aus Südtirol 1940–42: Originalaufnahmen zwischen NS-Ideologie und Heimatkultur / Peasant Folk Music of South Tyrol 1940–42: Original Recordings Bridging Homeland Culture and Nazi Ideology. By Philip V. Bohlman.
  • Roumanie: Musiques festives du Gorj / Romania: Festival Music from Gorj. By Marin Marian-Bălaşa.
  • Outsinging the Nightingale: Lost Treasures of Bulgarian Music: 1905–1950; The Sound of the Balkans: Remastered from Original 78s. By Irene Markoff.
  • Blodeugerdd: Song of the Flowers: An Anthology of Welsh Music and Song. By Stephen Rees.

Video Reviews

  • Hanoi Eclipse: The Music of Dai Lam Linh. By Dale A. Olsen.
  • The Feast-Day of Tamar and Lashari. By Lauren Ninoshvili.
  • Treasure of the Lisu: Ah-Cheng and His Music. By Sonja Lynn Downing.
  • Angry Drummers: A Taiko Group from Naniwa, Osaka, Japan. By Wynn Kiyama.
  • Chinese Shadows: The Amazing World of Shadow Puppetry in Rural Northwest China. By J. Lawrence Witzleben.

Website Reviews

  • Review Essay: Ethnomusicology and the Use(fulness) of the Internet in 2011. By Barbara Alge.
  • Music: Cape Breton’s Unity in Diversity. Produced by the Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University. By Katherine Brucher.
  • Open Planet of Sound (opOs). e-learning project of the University of Basel, Switzerland. By Marc-Antoine Camp.
  • Music of the Ancestors: A Study of the Traditional Instrumental Music of the Iatmul of Papua New Guinea. Multimedia disc. Written and produced by Gordon D. Spearritt.. By Kirsty Gillespie.
  • International Library of African Music (ILAM). Produced by Diane Thram and Elijah Madiba, in association with Rhodes University. By Luciano Caroso.
  • British Library Archival Sound Recordings. By Frances Wilkins.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The 2011 Yearbook for Traditional Music contains articles, reviews of books, compact discs, videos, and websites.

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