Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Gloria's Daily HLP #31: Title of a very special book

My father is Bruno Nettl. He is probably THE most famous living ethnomusicologist in the world. He is 85 and still working—writing, editing, advising, and more. He basically pioneered the field of ethnomusicology, taking it from being a very small, little known area of academia to a subject that is now taught in a huge percentage of colleges and universities around the globe.

He is loved, respected, and admired by colleagues, students, and others in the field. If a person is studying ethnomusicology—anywhere in the world—they will know who he is. For his 85th birthday, a party was thrown in his honor and included family, friends, and former students colleagues, etc., many of whom traveled great distances to be there. He was presented with a book of essays about ethnomusicology in his honor. It was published this year by Rowman & Littlefield. This is the cover:

My mother's artwork appears on the cover—a beautifully striking collage of an abstract cityscape. The title of the book is This Thing Called Music: Essays in Honor of Bruno Nettl, and the editors are Victoria Lindsay Levine and Philip V. Bohlman, both former students and close friends of my dad.

The dedication reads:

For Bruno Nettl
teacher, colleague, friend
on the occasion of his eighty-fifth birthday

My dad asked if I would do one of my daily hand lettered phrases using the title of this book as the phrase, so here it is. For you, Dad!

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