By Alan Rumsey, Don Niles
The genres of sung stories which are the topic of this quantity are probably the most outstanding points of the cultural scene within the Papua New Guinea Highlands. Composed and played through expert bards, they're a hugely valued artwork shape. From a comparative perspective they're outstanding either for his or her scale and complexity, and for the variety of edition that's chanced on between local genres and person types. although their lifestyles has formerly been famous through researchers operating within the Highlands, and a few recordings made up of them, every one of these genres haven't been studied intimately till rather lately, normally as a result of demanding variety of disciplinary services that's required—in anthropology, linguistics, and ethnomusicology. This quantity offers a suite of interrelated reviews by means of researchers in all of these fields, and via a Papua New Guinea Highlander who has assisted with the learn in accordance with his lifelong familiarity with one of many local genres. The experiences offered the following (all of them formerly unpublished and written specifically for this quantity) are of groundbreaking value not just for experts in Melanesia or the Pacific, but additionally for readers with a extra basic curiosity in comparative poetics, mythology, musicology, or verbal artwork.
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While some of the sung tales considered here might be considered “recitational” in nature, with a limited use of pitches and with rhythms derived from spoken language, there are many examples where this is much less true, unclear, or totally inaccurate. But objections to the word “chant” go beyond just an inadequate characterization of musical features. “Chant” often has pejorative associations: “As a handy label for Oceanic song, the word chant appears in all forms of literature, in all periods, usually meaning that the described music did not have the tonal variety of European music” (Love 1998:36).
Sung Tales From the Papua New Guinea Highlands: Studies in Form, Meaning, and Sociocultural Context by Alan Rumsey, Don Niles