Cloth $70.00 ISBN: 9780226493404 Published March 1995
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780226493411 Published March 1995

Sardinian Chronicles

Bernard Lortat-Jacob

Sardinian Chronicles
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Bernard Lortat-Jacob

Translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan
128 pages | 12 halftones, 1 compact disc | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1995
Cloth $70.00 ISBN: 9780226493404 Published March 1995
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780226493411 Published March 1995
In Sardinian Chronicles 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.
Contents
Foreword
The Ferry
Desulo
Oliena
Orgosolo
Muravera
Jerzu
Thiesi
Irgoli
Santu Lussurgiu
Castelsardo
Aggius
Sassari
Other Works by Bernard Lortat-Jacob
Contents of the Compact Disk
Index
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