The Music of Central Asia

Type: Book
Date: 06 June 2017
This beautiful and informative book offers a detailed introduction to the musical heritage of Central Asia for readers and listeners worldwide. The book balances "insider" and "outsider" perspectives with contributions by 27 authors from 14 countries who explore the diverse musical traditions of nomad and sedentary dwellers; the transformation of music and culture from the past to the present day; and the important role music has played in the history of Central Asia. From the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan to the Kazakh steppe, the old Silk Road city of Bukhara, and the urbane arts scene of contemporary Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, music and musical life come alive through vivid writing, copious illustrations, and 189 audio and video examples available on a companion website. Profiles of musicians, listening guides, study questions, and an illustrated glossary of musical instruments make The Music of Central Asia an indispensable resource for both general readers and specialists.

The book can be purchased from University of Central Asia’s Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit. For more information, please contact

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