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Music Communities

Communities are bound together by unique practices, and these practices shape the identity of the members of the community. Some communities engage in musical practices, thus giving members of these musical communities a mutual identification with a particular type of musical aesthetic. Members of this community do not agree on every aesthetic element of this shared music or every element of the musical practice. However, there is a shared debate that members of a community participate within, and at contest is a musical repertoire, the aesthetic form that repertoire takes, and the instrumentation that musicians use in performances. These communities evolve over time. This evolution, caused by diaspora, isolation, or other historical circumstances, allows for musical communities to be related to one another in a ...

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