This thesis presents a history of Rapanui music, and aims to test the hypothesis that traditionalRapanui musical practices have influenced and are manifested in contemporary performances,despite widely held perceptions of cultural loss. The adaptation of introduced musicalinfluences is presented as a continual process by which Rapanui musicians negotiate theirunderstanding of music and the place of music in their society and culture. The emphasis onadaptation provides a frame of reference that circumvents such culturally loaded terms asacculturation, instead allowing for a framework in which perceived ancient and modemmusical practices are viewed side by side and in historical relation to each other.
The ethnographic research method for this study included lengthy periods of fieldwork. participant-observation, interviews with Rapanui musicians, and case studies of particular Rapanui songs and ensembles. Most of the fieldwork occurred on Rapanui, but other locations (particularly in Chile) were included during the research process. The theoretical literature pertaining to the field of ethnomusicology has provided the basis upon which the research findings are presented, though resources from adjunct ethnographic fields of research have also been consulted. A further area of theoretical enquiry concerns the social responsibility of the researcher, and reciprocity is presented as an essential component of the research method.
Table of ContentsIntroduction -- History, theory and method -- Literature survey -- Traditional Rapanui music -- The consolidation of Rapanui popular music -- Interactions, intersections and cultural reconstruction -- Conclusion.
NotesBibliography: pages 356-372
Awarding InstitutionMacquarie University
Degree TypeThesis PhD
DegreePhD, Macquarie University, Division of Humanities, Department of Contemporary Music Studies
Department, Centre or SchoolDepartment of Contemporary Music Studies
Year of Award2005
Principal SupervisorPhil Hayward
Additional Supervisor 1Crowdy Denis
RightsCopyright Daniell E. Bendrups 2005.
Copyright disclaimer: http://mq.edu.au/library/copyright
Complete version suppressed due to copyright restrictions. However, on receipt of a Document Supply Request, placed with Macquarie University Library by another library, we will consider supplying a copy of this thesis. For more information on Macquarie University's Document Supply, please contact email@example.com
Extent1 online resource (xiv, 405 pages, bound) illustrations, music