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Echoes of Our Forgotten Ancestors: Some Points of Clarification

Victor Grauer
The World of Music
Vol. 48, No. 3, Echoes of Our Forgotten Ancestors II (2006), pp. 9-12
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41699716
Page Count: 4

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Abstract

In the interest of correcting certain misinterpretations that might have arisen from a reading of his essay, "Echoes of Our Forgotten Ancestors," the author has presented a clarification with respect to both the role of Alan Lomax and the nature of the Cantometric system he pioneered. What may not have been made sufficiently clear was, first the importance of Lomax's role in establishing the foundations of Cantometrics, as well as its subsequent development, and, second, the fact that many key ideas in the essay were based on Lomax's insights. The author also wants it understood that, despite some comments of his that might have been interpreted otherwise, Cantometrics is indeed in his view a valid and useful scientific methodology.

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