Response to Richard Widdess: Music, Meaning and Culture

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Title: Response to Richard Widdess: Music, Meaning and Culture
Creators: Lewis, Jerome
Keywords: Ba Yaka Pygmy
cultural transmission
aesthetics and culture
Issue Date: 2012-01
Publisher: Empirical Musicology Review
Citation: Empirical Musicology Review, v7 n1-2 (Jan-Apr 2012), 98-101
Abstract: This commentary discusses the anthropological implications of Richard Widess’ paper by summarizing some anthropological approaches to music, especially focusing on the way musical participation inculcates and transmits an aesthetic orientation that guides action across cultural domains such as politics, economics and religion. The paper ends by suggesting that the heart of human culture is more likely to be an aesthetic orientation than a script or set of rules, and traces out some reasons why music does this so well.
Series/Report no.: EMR0000139c
ISSN: 1559-5749
Other Identifiers: EMR0000139c
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