Music Traditions, Cultures, and Contexts is a tribute to the ethnomusicologist Beverley Diamond in recognition of her outstanding scholarly accomplishments. The volume includes essays by leading ethnomusicologists and music scholars as well as a biographical introduction.
The book’s contributors engage many of the critical themes in Diamond’s work, including musical historiography, musical composition in historical and contemporary frameworks, performance in diverse contexts, gender issues, music and politics, and how music is nested in and relates to broader issues in society. The essays raise important themes about knowing and understanding musical traditions and music itself as an agent of social, cultural, and political change. Music Traditions, Cultures, and Contexts will appeal to music scholars and students, as well as to a general audience interested in learning about how music functions as social process as well as sound.
"In sum, this is a valuable book on a wide range of topics from a diversity of voices that. ..is a fine tribute to a highly accomplished scholar, valued colleague, and loved and respected teacher. "- Thérèse Smith, Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, Vol 6, 2010-11
"The volume is both interesting and informative. ... I recommend Music Traditions, Cultures, and Contexts to those interested in music and identity, cultural contexts of music, popular, and traditional music. Libraries boasting collections on said topics should consider purchasing this title, as it contributes to the discourse and provides additional insights into contemporary ethnomusicology. "- Joe C. Clark, Fontes Artis Musicae, 60/1
"The editors have done an excellent job drawing together significant essays to honour Diamond. This festschrift is a valuable compilation that belongs in all music collections. "- Elaine Keillor, Carleton University, CAML Review, Vol 39, #1, 2011