Heartland Excursions: Ethnomusicological Reflections on Schools of Music
by Bruno Nettl
University of Illinois Press, 1995
Paper: 978-0-252-06468-5 | Cloth: 978-0-252-02135-0
Library of Congress Classification MT18.N48 1995
Dewey Decimal Classification 780.89


In Heartland Excursions, a legendary ethnomusicologist takes the reader along for a delightful, wide-ranging tour of his workplace. Bruno Nettl provides an insightful, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, always pithy ethnography of midwestern university schools of music from a different perspective in each of four chapters, alternating among three distinct voices: the longtime professor, the "native informant," and the outside observer, an "ethnomusicologist from Mars." 

If you've ever been to a concert or been connected to a university with a school of music, you ll discover yourself--or someone you know--in these pages. 

"In the music building you can't tell the quick from the dead without a program."--Chapter 1, "In the Service of the Masters" 

"The great ability of a violin student whom I observed was established when his dean was persuaded to accompany him."--Chapter 2, "Society of Musicians" 

"Some teachers of music history would accuse students who listen to Elvis Presley not only of taking time away from hearing Brahms, but also of polluting themselves."--Chapter 3, "A Place for All Musics?" 

At commencement, the graduates "were perhaps not aware that they had just participated in an event in which the principal values of the Western musical world . . . had been taken out of storage bins for annual exercise."--Chapter 4, "Forays into the Repertory"

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