Traditional musics in the modern world: Transmission, evolution, and challenges

Bo Wah LEUNG (Editor)

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This book reviews the current practices of traditional musics in various cultures of all continents, and examines the impact and significance of traditional musics in the modern world. A diverse group of experts of musicology and music education collaborate to expose the current practices and challenges of transmission and evolution of traditional musics in order to seek sustainable development, so that traditional musics can take the place they deserve in the modern world and continue to contribute to human civilization.
This volume contains three main sections that include transmission of traditional musics, authenticity and evolution, as well as challenges in future. Based on the chapters, the editor proposes four major trends of transmission of traditional musics, namely, formalization, politicization, Westernization and modernization in transforming contexts. Copyright © 2018 Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham
ISBN (Electronic)9783319915999
ISBN (Print)9783319915982
Publication statusPublished - 2018


Leung, B.-W. (Ed.). (2018). Traditional musics in the modern world: Transmission, evolution, and challenges. Cham: Springer.


  • Traditional African American music
  • Higher and secondary education
  • Traditional music in music educaton
  • Taoist ritual music in Hong Kong
  • Modes of music learning
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Music traditions and cultural identity
  • Folk music


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