Date

1-2011

Document Type

Article

Department

Worship and Music - Ethnomusicology

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Chair

Jeffrey Meyer

Primary Subject Area

Folklore; Music; Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies

Keywords

Amdo, ethnomusicology, Folk Songs, glu, Tibetan

Abstract

Tibetan glu folk songs are a literary and musical expression historically passed down from generation to generation. This regional study purposes to define the origins, influences, categories, qualities, and significance of nomadic Amdo Tibetan glu folk songs. These topics are explored within the settings of Tibetan culture, history, theory, and current usage. Recordings of twenty-seven glu folk songs accompanied by transcribed text and music offer contemporary examples of this song genre that is quickly disappearing. The ultimate goal of this study is to answer the question: What are the defining characteristics of nomadic Amdo Tibetan glu folk songs?

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