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Mongolian Music, Dance, and Oral Narrative Performing Diverse Identities by Carole Pegg

Mongolian Music, Dance, and Oral Narrative Performing Diverse Identities


Mongolian Music, Dance, and Oral Narrative Performing Diverse Identities by Carole Pegg

This book celebrates the power of music, dance, and oral narrative to create identities by imaginatively connecting performers and audiences with ethnic and political groupings, global and sacred landscapes, histories and heroes, spirits and gods.Three distinct cultural eras of Mongolian society are represented. Many Mongols are now performing publicly the diverse traditions of Old Mongolia that they practiced in private following the communist revolution of 1921; some are perpetuating the Soviet transformations of those traditions introduced prior to 1990; and yet others are dipping their curly-toed boots into new performance arts as they revel in musical encounters on the global stage. By highlighting the sheer variety of repertories, this book illustrates the rich diversity of Mongolia's peoples and performance arts.An accompanying compact disc contains musical examples linked to the text.


Mongolian Music, Dance, and Oral Narrative brings together for the first timea detailed account of all performance traditions in the Republic of Mongolia, from the private and domestic through the religious and public to the professional and official..It is a rich collection of ethnographic data and key work. * Asian Folklore Studies * An important introduction to the contemporary musical scene of Mongolia. Such a work is long overdue in ethnomusicology. * Asian Music * This is the most comprehensive account of Mongolian music available. Carole Pegg has crafted a detailed account of the performance arts of Mongolia, focussing on the different ethnic groups who inhabit both the state proper and its bordering areas in China and Siberia. It is an ethnography in the old tradition, broad-ranging and all-encompassing. It is also based on an exhaustive bibliography of Mongolian, Russian, and European sources. * Asian Affairs * A fascinating and in-depth study of a little known but increasingly important culture in all of its rich diversity. * Council on International Literatures *

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Publication date

1st June 2001


Carole Pegg

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University of Washington Press


380 pages


Cultural studies
Folk & traditional music
Dance & other performing arts



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