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Global Perspectives on Orchestras: Collective Creativity and Social Agency

Tina K. Ramnarine


This book adopts global perspectives on orchestras. It draws on ethnographic, historical and comparative approaches to analyze a variety of orchestral traditions (such as symphony, steel, Indonesian gamelan, Indian film and Vietnamese court). It discusses how orchestras are embedded in socio-historical and economic contexts, and highlights intercultural, compositional and rehearsal processes. The chapters describe orchestral creativity and performance politics. Key considerations are how orchestral musicians work together and organizational infrastructures shaping the orchestra as an instituti ... More

Keywords: Orchestras, collective creativity, social agency, comparative theorization, decolonizing musical practices, postcolonial performances, intercultural music-making

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199352227
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199352227.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tina K. Ramnarine, editor
Royal Holloway University of London

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Tina K. Ramnarine

Part 1 Community and capital in orchestral contexts

4 Steel orchestras and tassa bands

Christopher L. Ballengee

Part 2 Intercultural orchestral collaborations

6 Voices on the wind

Samuel Curkpatrick

8 Gamelanesque effects

Matthew Isaac Cohen

10 Orchestra and song

Mekala Padmanabhan

Part 3 Decolonizing and postcolonial orchestral contexts

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