Tikopia Songs - Poetic and Musical Art of a Polynesian People of the Solomon Islands

Author(s): Raymond Firth; Mervyn McClean

Pacific | Music

Sir Raymond Firth is the most distinguished living British anthropologist, and one also internationally acclaimed. His latest work forms part of one of the fullest and most professional ethnographic accounts by any anthropologist of a nonindustrial people, an account which extends over many years. This book is about the songs of a Western Pacific people, the Tikopia, who until recently lived entirely on a small remote island of the Solomons. Their songs vary from lively dance chants to mournful funeral laments. All are novel to western ears. The book provides about 100 examples in text and in translation, discusses the relationship of the songs to the social life of the people, and includes an analysis of the structure of their music by Mervyn McClean, a noted musicologist. A cassette which reproduces about 30 of the songs that appear in the book is also available.


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780521391290
  • : Cambridge University Press
  • : Cambridge University Press
  • : 0.648637
  • : February 1991
  • : 2.2 Centimeters X 15.2 Centimeters X 22.9 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Raymond Firth; Mervyn McClean
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : very good
  • : 328