International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

Yearbook for Traditional Music. Vol. 22 (1990)

General Editor:  Dieter Christensen

Table of Contents

  • ‘Editor's Preface’ by Dieter Christensen
  • ‘Obituary: John Blacking and His Place in Ethnomusicology’ by John Baily

Soviet Union

  • ‘Recent Achievements in Soviet Ethnomusicology, with Remarks on Russian Terminology’ by Barbara Krader
  • ‘Traditional Music in the Context of the Socio-Political Development in the USSR’ by Rimma Kosacheva
  • ‘Music and Ethnic History. An Attempt to Substantiate a Eurasian Hypothesis’ by Izaly Zemtsovsky
  • ‘19th Century Khorezmian Tanbur Notation: Fixing Music in an Oral Tradition’ by Otanazar Matyakubov and Harold Powers
  • ‘Philosophical Problems of Being in the Art of the Kazakh Küyshi’ by Asiya Mukhambetova


  • ‘Intonation in Theory and Practice of Greek and Turkish Music’ by Iannis Zannos
  • ‘Central Australian Women's Ritual Music: Knowing through Analysis versus Knowing through Performance’ by Linda Barwick
  • ‘Women Cry with Words: Symbolization of Affect in the Karelian Lament’ by Elizabeth Tolbert
  • ‘Exploring Emotion in Sub-Structural Aspects of Karelian Lament: Application of Time Series Analysis to Digitized Melody’ by Kathryn Vaughn
  • ‘Some Observations on the Naming of Musical Instruments and on Rhythm in Oman’ by Issam El-Mallah and Kai Fikentscher


  • ‘Institutionalized Folklore and Helvetic Ideology’ by Sylvie Bolle-Zemp

Book Reviews

  • Folklor v kontekscie sovremennoj kultury by Eduard Alekseev. Review by Anna Czekanowska
  • Music of Afghanistan, Professional Musicians in the City of Herat by John Baily. Review by Sławomira Žeranska-Kominek
  • Come Mek Me Hol' Yu Han' by Olive Lewin; Adrienne Kaeppler. Review by Erkki Pekkilä
  • Popular Musics of the Non-Western World, an Introductory Survey by Peter Manuel. Review by Krister Malm
  • La Binarización de los Ritmos Ternarios Africanos en America Latina by Pérez Fernández; Rolando Antonia. Review by José Jorge De Carvalho
  • The Traditional Music of Britain and Ireland. A Research and Information Guide by Porter James. Review by Ann Buckley
  • Music Performance Practice in the Early Abbasid era 132-320 ah/750-932 ad by George Dimitri Sawa. Review by Thomas Binkley
  • The Merchant of Art: An Egyptian Hilali Oral Epic Poet in Performance by Susan Slyomovics. Review by Philip V. Bohlman
  • La Música Nacional Argentina by Juan María Veniard. Review by Rita Laura Segato

Book Notes

  • Ain't You Got a Right to the Tree of Life? The People of Johns Island, South Carolina: Their Faces, Their Words, and Their Songs by Guy Carawan; Candie Carawan. Review by A. S.
  • Sing for Freedom: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement through Its Songs by Guy Carawan; Candie Carawan. Review by A. S.
  • Sound and Sentiment: Birds Weeping, Poetics, and Song in Kaluli Expression by Steven Feld. Review by A. S.
  • Singing Mennonite: Low German Songs among the Mennonites by Doreen Helen Klassen. Review by A. S.
  • The Sounds of Oceania: An Illustrated Catalogue of the Sound Producing Instruments of Oceania in the Auckland Institute and Museum by Richard M. Moyle. Review by A. S.
  • Guide to Programs in Ethnomusicology in the United States and Canada by Anthony Seeger. Review by A. S.
  • Everybody Says Freedom: A History of the Civil Rights Movement in Songs and Pictures, including Many Songs Collected by Guy and Candie Carawan by Pete Seeger; Bob Reiser. Review by A. S.
  • Votyak Folksongs by Lásló Vikár; Gábor Bereczki. Review by A. S.

Record Reviews

  • Azerbâyjân [:] Musique Traditionnelle by Jean During; Eldar Mansurov; Musique et Chants des Âshiq d'Azerbaïdjan by Jean During. Review by Theodore Levin
  • Brésil Central: Chants et danses des Indiens Kaiapó [Central Brazil, Songs and Dances of the Kaiapó Indians.]; [Brazil: The Bororo World of Sound] Brésil: Le Monde Sonore des Bororo. Review by Anthony Seeger
  • Mangbetu-Zaire by J. Steenhoudt. Review by Ruth M. Stone
  • Musik der Senufo by Artur Simon; Till Förster. Review by Roderic C. Knight
  • Népal: Musique de fête chez les Newar by Marguerite Lobsiger-Dellenbach; Laurent Aubert. Review by Mireille Helffer
  • Music of the Soviet Union. Review by Mark Slobin
  • Roumanie: Musique des Tsiganes de Valachie-Les Lăutari de Clejani by Thierry Fischer. Review by Tiberiu Alexandru

Audio Report

  • ‘Recorded Documentation of Italian Traditional Music (1955-90)’ by Review by: Tullia Magrini

Film / Video Reviews

  • Circles-Cycles Kathak Dance by Robert Gottlieb; Kathputli. The Art of Rajasthani Puppeteers by Nazir Ali Jhairazbhoy. Review by Ákos Östör
  • A Singing Stream: A Black Family Chronicle by Tom Davenport; Powerhouse for God by Barry Dornfeld; Tom Rankin; Jeff Titon. Review by Leslie C. Gay, Jr.
  • Dor: Low Is Better by Robert Boonzajer Flaes; Marteen Rens; Polka by Robert Boonzajer Flaes; Marteen Rens; Langzaam Janken. De trompet in Servie (Crying Slowly: The Trumpet in Serbia) by Robert Boonzajer Flaes; Marteen Rens. Review by Hugo Zemp