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Amerindian/Native American Music
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Online Resources
  • Database of Recorded American Music Authentication Required
    The Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM) is a collaboration between New World Records, Composers Recordings Inc., and New York University. DRAM facilitates research in American music by offering on-demand access to audio-streaming files of complete works by American composers. More than 4,000 albums from over 40 independent record labels and archives, documenting over 7,500 compositions from the catalogs of the New World, CRI, Albany, innova, Cedille, XI, Pogus, Deep Listening, Mutable, and other record labels. Ranging from folk to opera, native American to jazz, 19th-century "classical" to early rock, and musical theater to contemporary, electronic, and more, DRAM's goal is to make available for educational use and scholarly research the widest possible spectrum of recorded American music. Alongside the high-quality music streams, complete liner notes, scholarly essays, bibliographies, and discographies are available for viewing on the Database. Playlists can be created by faculty to address specific curriculum needs.
Miscellaneous Texts
  • My Music Reaches to the Sky: Native American Musical Instruments
    • Location(s): TC Music Library General Collection ML3547 .M9 1973
  • Writing American Indian Music: Historic Transcriptions, Notations, and Arrangements
    This edition explores the history of musical contact, interaction, and exchange between American Indians and Euramericans, as documented in musical transcriptions, notations, and arrangements. The volume contributes to an understanding of American music that reflects our cultural reality, depicting reciprocal influences among Native Americans, scholars, composers, and educators, and illustrating consequences of those encounters for American musical life in general. Culled from a published record of over 8,000 songs, the edition contains 116 musical examples reproduced in facsimile. Included in the volume are the earliest attempts to represent tribal music in European notation, archetypal transcriptions in the scholarly literature of ethnomusicology, and recent contributions by contemporary scholars. Some of the notations shown here inspired composers in search of a distinctively American musical idiom to write works based on American Indian melodies. Others captured the imagination of American school children, whose concept of cultural and musical identity came to be linked with American Indians. Indigenous notations, the work of native scholars and educators, and recent compositions by native composers working in the classical vein also appear in this volume. As a compendium of historic materials, the edition illustrates the development of Euramerican attitudes and approaches to American Indian musics, the infusion of native musics into American musical culture, and native responses to and participation in the enterprise.
    • Location(s): TC Music Library General Collection Quarto M2 .R232
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