Music on the Move

Subjects: Music
Hardcover : 9780472074501, 322 pages, 24 print illustrations plus AV examples on Fulcrum, 6 x 9, June 2020
Open Access : 9780472901289, 322 pages, 24 print illustrations plus AV examples on Fulcrum, 6 x 9, June 2020
Paperback : 9780472054503, 322 pages, 24 print illustrations plus AV examples on Fulcrum, 6 x 9, June 2020

Open access version made available with the support of The Ohio State University Libraries, as part of the TOME initiative.
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A dynamic multimedia introduction to the global connections among peoples and their music


Music is a mobile art. When people move to faraway places, whether by choice or by force, they bring their music along. Music creates a meaningful point of contact for individuals and for groups; it can encourage curiosity and foster understanding; and it can preserve a sense of identity and comfort in an unfamiliar or hostile environment. As music crosses cultural, linguistic, and political boundaries, it continually changes. While human mobility and mediation have always shaped music-making, our current era of digital connectedness introduces new creative opportunities and inspiration even as it extends concerns about issues such as copyright infringement and cultural appropriation.
With its innovative multimodal approach, Music on the Move invites readers to listen and engage with many different types of music as they read. The text introduces a variety of concepts related to music’s travels—with or without its makers—including colonialism, migration, diaspora, mediation, propaganda, copyright, and hybridity. The case studies represent a variety of musical genres and styles, Western and non-Western, concert music, traditional music, and popular music. Highly accessible, jargon-free, and media-rich, Music on the Move is suitable for students as well as general-interest readers.

Danielle Fosler-Lussier is Professor of Music at The Ohio State University.

Music on the Move covers the mobility-related topics that matter in current music scholarship, and that students will want to learn about. It serves simultaneously as a new kind of ‘music of the world’ primer, and as an introduction to anthropological concepts of medial and cultural mobility.”
—Benjamin Tausig, Stony Brook University

- Benjamin Tausig, Stony Brook University

“Danielle Fosler-Lussier’s Music on the Move offers a richly informative yet accessible introduction to the topic of music and migration, especially in the modern era. One of the book’s most impressive features is its integration of sophisticated theoretical ideas into a clear and engaging discussion of each particular case. Music on the Move is a very welcome addition to the literature on music, globalization, and global history, and I look forward to using it in my classes.”
—Olivia Bloechl, University of Pittsburgh

- Olivia Bloechl, University of Pittsburgh

Winner: American Musicological Society (AMS) 2021 Teaching Award

- AMS Teaching Award

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