Ethnomusicology, Anthropology of music: Music first, or Human ?

Author : Mohamed Masmoudi. In this article we explore some of the ethnomusicological question by presenting the theoretical and methodological foundations of the two systematic and culturalist approaches that have often marked the discipline. Secondly, we present the perspectives of a multidisciplinary globalizing vision that draws on Arab theoretical writings, and is illuminated by the product of human scientific effort, in order to grasp the musical phenomenon.

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The Guinbri : a twice disappeared instrument in Tunisia

Author : Anis Meddeb. This article seeks to understand the disappearance causes of some musical instruments throughout the History by studying the Guinbri in Tunisia. What seems very questionable and even very problematic in this study, is that the Guinbri has disappeared from the Tunisian music scene since the first quarter of the twentieth century.

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The analog music – language method in the study of musical expression : challenges and limits. Towards a semiotics transversality.

Author : Wael Samoud. Approaching the field of musical semiotics musical appears an audacious attempt in order to clarify better the functioning of the sign’s system being at the work in the emanation and the communication of the musical sense.

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Latin music elements presence in the egyptian songs by Mohamed Abd al-Wahab and Farid el-Atrach through three works analysis

Author : Bacim Mejri. In this article, we tried to highlight three genres of latin genres (tango, rumba and samba) influence on the modern egyptian music in the 20th century. We choose to analyze three works : “Ahwak“ and “Sahirtou minhou al-layali“ by Mohamed Abd al-Wahab and “Wayyak“ by Farid al-Atrach.

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The social dimensions of musical practices in traditional societies : identity, sociability, ritual (Southeast’s tunisian area as example)

Author : Ahlem Hamed. This article studies issues related to socio-anthropological dimensions of musical practices in oral tradition. By asking the question about the nature of the relationship between “social” and “musical”, this study tries to reveal the reaction of traditional society.

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Translation experience a classical work about Tunisian music : Al-aghânî of Sadok Errezgui

Author : Mohamed Messaoud Driss. The historical value of “Al-Aghani” book, written by Sadok Errezgui, and its content, encouraged the author (Mohamed Messaoud Driss) to achieve the current translation. Indeed, this book is considered today as the only reference to the music and songs in Tunisia. The author tried to recall the interest of the book “Al-Aghani” by the necessity and legitimacy of its translation.

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Historical musicology, ethnomusicology, analysis : Is a general musicology possible ?

Author : Jean-Jacques Nattiez. Throughout my career, I have campaigned for scientific knowledge of the musical fact. It was an opportunity to break down barriers between the various academic disciplines. That is why I am particularly grateful to my Tunisian friends to act in favor of musicology by publishing a closing text to my heart, the one where I show the needs for musicology, to grow in the awareness of existence and concerns of each of its individual components…

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