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p. 444. The nature of musiclocked

  • Timothy Rice


‘The nature of music’ looks at the contribution of the study of ethnomusicology to current theoretical thinking on what music fundamentally is. Ethnomusicologists have been able to combine the specificity of fieldwork with anthropological and social science theories to learn a great deal about music as a human behavior and cultural practice. By doing this they have managed to create a rich picture of the nature of music and its significance to human life. They have come up with a number of truth claims in the form of metaphors that link human thought to music which are based on theories taken from social sciences, humanities, and philosophy.

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