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The Ugandan Lyre endongo and Its Music

Catherine T. Gray
British Journal of Ethnomusicology
Vol. 2 (1993), pp. 117-142
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3060753
Page Count: 26
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The Ugandan Lyre endongo and Its Music
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Abstract

The Kiganda bowl-lyre endongo, a member of an East African family of lyres, is generally played by a singer for self-accompaniment. Here it is examined with reference to its construction; method of tuning its equipentatonic scale; suitability of its non-linear tuning for playing the traditional rapid patterns; simplification of accompaniment to facilitate vocal improvisation; links between features of spoken language (pitch, duration) and vocal and lyre melodies.

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