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The Music Road: Coherence and Diversity in Music from the Mediterranean to India

Reinhard Strohm


The book, derived from the Balzan musicology project ‘Towards a global history of music’, describes cultural traditions and communication patterns of music, dance and theatre in the world region between India and the Mediterranean in the last 2000 years. The new metaphor of the ‘Music Road’—the western half of the ‘Silk Road’—refers to the travels of musical songs, instruments and ideas across both space and time. The book has an introduction and 16 chapters, each by a different author. Highlighted are the following cultural traditions: ancient Gandhāra (first centuries ce); traditions of the ... More

Keywords: ethnomusicology, silk road, music philosophy, historiography, iconography, westernisation, music performance, Balzan musicology project, global music history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780197266564
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266564.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Reinhard Strohm, editor
Emeritus Professor of Music, Wadham College, University of Oxford

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Part I Introduction

Part II Keynote: Ethnomusicology

Part III Alexandrian Tracks

Part IVIntercultural Islam

Part V Indian Encounters

Part VI Hellas between West and East

Part VII A Gypsy Epilogue