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Singing the VillageMusic, Memory and Ritual among the Sibe of Xinjiang$
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Rachel Harris

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780197262979

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197262979.001.0001

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Memories of Music, Memories through Music

Memories of Music, Memories through Music

(p.83) 3 Memories of Music, Memories through Music
Singing the Village

Rachel Harris

British Academy

This chapter examines the types and functions of Sibe music. It provides biographical sketches of village musicians including Ga'altu of the Anjia clan, Guo Rongxing, and a certain Shoulintai. The chapter highlights the social functions of songs and their role as vehicles of formalised expression of human relations in the Sibe community. It describes the songs and musical activities at weddings, funerals, and calendric festivals.

Keywords:   Sibe music, village musicians, human relations, Sibe community, musical activities, weddings, funerals, calendric festivals

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