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Lament from Epirus: An Odyssey into Europe's Oldest Surviving Folk Music

Christopher C. King

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Norton
29 May 2018
Music; Theory of music & musicology; Social & cultural anthropology
In a dark record shop in Istanbul, Christopher King uncovered some of the strangest-and most hypnotic-sounds he had ever heard. The 78s seemed to tap into a primal well of emotion inaccessible to contemporary music. The songs, King learned, were from Epirus, an area straddling southern Albania and northwestern Greece and boasting a folk tradition extending back to the pre-Homeric era. Lament from Epirus is an unforgettable journey into a musical obsession which follows a genre back to the roots of song itself. As King hunts for traces of two long-lost virtuosos, he tells the story of the Roma people who pioneered Epirotic folk music and whose descendants continue the tradition today. His journey becomes an investigation into song and dance's role as a means of spiritual healing-and what this may reveal about music's original purpose.
By:   Christopher C. King
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 244mm,  Width: 168mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   589g
ISBN:   9780393248999
ISBN 10:   0393248992
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   29 May 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Lament from Epirus: An Odyssey into Europe's Oldest Surviving Folk Music

Christopher King's relationship to music is passionate and profound. As a scholar and obsessive collector of 78s he has few peers. Lament from Epirus will delight anyone who has ever put the needle down on an unknown record and waited to see what would come out of the speakers. -- Hari Kunzru, author of White Tears


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