The Andalusian Music of Morocco: Al-Ala: History, Society and Text [With CD (Audio)] (Literaturen Im Kontext. Arabisch - Persisch - Turkisch #38) (Hardcover)

The Andalusian Music of Morocco: Al-Ala: History, Society and Text [With CD (Audio)] (Literaturen Im Kontext. Arabisch - Persisch - Turkisch #38) By Carl Davila Cover Image
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In this book, Carl Davila has reshaped the historical narrative concerning al-Ala, the Andalusian music of Morocco, highlighting this poetic-musical tradition's social foundations and the interplay of oral and literary processes in its preservation and transmission across generations. Part 1 reveals the role played by informal and formal institutions in the tradition's development, from its earliest phase as the elite courtly music of Islamic Spain, through a middle period when the tradition served as a marker of social identity amongst Andalusi migrant communities in North Africa, and into the modern era when it has achieved a much wider audience as Morocco's national classical music. Although oral communication and the social intimacy it fosters have been highly valued by participants in the tradition throughout this evolution, over the past two and a half centuries, written anthologies also have evolved as iconic representations of the tradition that function alongside the oral processes without replacing them. Part 2 develops a "value theory of tradition" to explain this survival of oral and literary processes side-by-side within the boundaries of the tradition (a phenomenon he describes as "mixed orality"). Davila argues that they coexist because they embody distinct but complementary sets of social values. In emphasising the different social values attaching to oral and literary processes, this book brings a new approach to Andalusian music studies, and more generally makes important contributions to studies of the social foundations of Arabic poetic traditions. It is directed primarily at scholars of the North African Andalusian music traditions, and to scholars and students of classical Arabic poetry, but anthropologists and ethnomusicologists focused on North Africa will also find interesting insights, as well.

Product Details
ISBN: 9783895009136
ISBN-10: 389500913X
Publisher: Reichert Verlag
Publication Date: August 12th, 2013
Pages: 347
Language: English
Series: Literaturen Im Kontext. Arabisch - Persisch - Turkisch