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Whether referred to as mermaid, usalka, mami wata, or by some other name, and whether considered an imaginary being or merely a person with extraordinary abilities, the siren is the remarkable creature that has inspired music and its representations from ancient Greece to present-day Africa and Latin America. This book, co-edited by a historical musicologist and an ethnomusicologist, brings together leading scholars and some talented newcomers in classics, music, media studies, literature, and cultural studies to consider the siren and her multifaceted relationships to music across human time and geography.

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Genre: Music
Author: Linda Austern
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Release: 2006-07-21
File: 440 Pages
ISBN-13: 0253112079

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Judith Perraino investigates how music has been used throughout history to call into question norms of gender and sexuality. Beginning with an examination of the mythology surrounding the Sirens, she goes on to consider musical creatures, gods, humans and music-addled listeners.

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Genre: Music
Author: Judith Peraino
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release: 2006
File: 355 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780520215870

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Judith Perraino investigates how music has been used throughout history to call into question norms of gender and sexuality. Beginning with an examination of the mythology surrounding the Sirens, she goes on to consider musical creatures, gods, humans and music-addled listeners.

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Genre: Music
Author: Judith Peraino
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release: 2006
File: 355 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780520215870

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Author: Henry James Byron
Publisher:
Release: 1872
File: 26 Pages
ISBN-13: BL:A0021922431

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This study investigates an almost unknown musical culture: that of cloistered nuns in one of the major cities of early modern Europe. These women were the most famous musicians of Milan, and the music composed for them opens up a hitherto unstudied musical repertory, which allows insight into the symbolic world of the city. Even more importantly, the music actually composed by four such nuns, Claudia Scossa, Claudia Rusca, Chiara Margarita Cozzollani, and Rosa Giacinta Badalla - reveals the musical expression of women's devotional life. The two centuries' worth of battles over nuns' singing of polyphony, studies here for the first time on the basis of massive archival documentation, also suggest that the implementation of reform in the major centre of post-Tridentine Catholic renewal was far more varied; incomplete, subject to local political pressure and individual interpretation, and short-lived than any religious historian has ever suggested. Other factors that marked nuns' musical lives and creative output - liturgical traditions of the religious orders, the problems of performance practice attendant upon all-female singing ensembles - are here addressed for the first time in the musicological literature.

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Genre: Music
Author: Robert L. Kendrick
Publisher: Clarendon Press
Release: 1996-05-23
File: 577 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780191584503

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Of Sirens and Centaurs provides a superb introduction to the fascinating world of medieval sculpture through examples in Exeter Cathedral which, for a Gothic building, contains a surprisingly rich repertoire of such classically-derived monsters. Glacial faces, secretive and obtuse, stare out from corbels and roof bosses; geometrically arranged creatures tessellate into kaleidoscopic patterns; figures are frozen, often in extremes of emotion; mythical monsters lurk. And yet within this otherness there is often a sense of play, of character, of unstable identities, of a world beyond the mask. In this guise the architectural carvings make visible the unseen life-force of the building. Carved into crucial architectural elements these sculptures are the building. The energy they carry is also the energy of the life of their creators and their material and spiritual worlds.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Alex Woodcock
Publisher: Aelurus Publishing
Release: 2020-02-07
File: 160 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781907605444

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First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Genre: Music
Author: Sebastian D.G. Knowles
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2014-01-21
File: 352 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781135656539

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The Sirens were a group of women—or half women, half other creature, depending on the version of the myth—who sang with beautiful voices to lure unsuspecting sailors to their death. They almost caught Odysseus and his men, plus Jason and the Argonauts, but these sailors escaped. How did they get away? Were the Sirens cruel or just cursed? Find out in this fascinating story about the Sirens and the gods and goddesses who used them. Also find out where the Sirens came from and what they meant to the people who believed in them.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Tamra Orr
Publisher: Mitchell Lane Publishers, Inc.
Release: 2011-08
File: 48 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781612281995

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The roots and evolution of two concepts usually thought to be Western in origin-musica mundana (the music of the spheres) and musica humana (music's relation to the human soul)-are explored. Beginning with a study of the early creeds of the Near East, Professor Meyer-Baer then traces their development in the works of Plato and the Gnostics, and in the art and literature of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Previous studies of symbolism in music have tended to focus on a single aspect of the problem. In this book the concepts of musica humana and musica mundane are related to philosophy, aesthetics, and the history of religion and are given a rightful place in the history of civilization. Originally published in 1970. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

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Genre: Music
Author: Kathi Meyer-Baer
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Release: 2015-03-08
File: 406 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781400872336

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Regardless of the subject matter, our studies are always searching for a sense of the universal in the specific. Drawing, etchings and paintings are a way of communicating ideas and emotions. The key word here is to communicate. Whether the audience sees the work as laborious or poetic depends on the creative genius of the artist. Some painters use the play of light passing through a landscape or washing over a figure to create an evocative moment that will be both timeless and transitory. The essential role of art remains what is has always been, a way of human expression. This is the role that our participants concentrate on as they discuss art as the expression of the spirit, a creative act through which the artist makes manifest what is within him. Spirit suggests the unity of feeling and thought. Avoiding broad generalities, our participants address specific areas in orchestration with music, architecture, literature and phenomenology. Profs. Souiller, Scholz, Etlin, Sweetser, Josephs show us at what point art is an intimate, profound expression and the magic of a civilization as a whole, springing from its evolving thoughts and embodying ideals, such as the Renaissance, the Baroque, Modernism and at what point it reflects the trans formation of a particular society and its mode of life.

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: M. Kronegger
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release: 2013-03-09
File: 476 Pages
ISBN-13: 9789401734110

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