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Musical Works and PerformancesA Philosophical Exploration$
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Stephen Davies

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199241583

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199241589.001.0001

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Authenticity and Non‐Western Music

Authenticity and Non‐Western Music

(p.254) 6 Authenticity and Non‐Western Music
Musical Works and Performances

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Performances of non‐Western music can be assessed for their authenticity as an expression of the society's historically important musical traditions, repertoires, and practices. Doing so does not presuppose that musical traditions must be old, static, and free of foreign influences. Judgements of authenticity must be carefully indexed to the times and contexts that are being compared and should come from within the culture or be informed by its views. We could not expect to understand their views, though, unless we learn the conventions of their musical repertoires, styles, and genres, the characteristics of the instruments they employ, the technical and other demands imposed on the performer, and the functions that music fills in their lives. As a case study, musicians from Bali were interviewed about whether playing for tourists degrades their music.

Keywords:   authenticity, Bali, convention, non‐Western, practice, tourist, tradition

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