Interviews with ethnomusicologists

Lucy Durán interviewed by Carolyn Landau. (1 of 2).

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  • Interviewees

    Durán, Lucy (speaker, female, interviewee)

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    Landau, Carolyn (speaker, female, interviewer)

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    Landau, Carolyn (speaker, female

  • Abstract

    Track 1 [42 mins, 56 secs] [Session one: 30 June 2011] Lucy Durán (LD), born New York, August 1948. For early years information refers to Ian Anderson’s article in ‘Folk Roots’ magazine, radio programme ‘Crossing Over’ and Radio Three website. Describes parents, early childhood and moving. Mentions influence of composers Mompou and de Falla. Grew up listening to Bach, flamenco and Cuban music. Outlines degree at King's. Mentions Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy and field work in Crete. MMus at King's supervised by Laurence Picken. [6'05"] Mentions trip to Libya recording Berber and Tuareg. First heard Kora at SOAS when working for Grove, also Mande music. [8:20] Describes ethnomusicology scene at University of York, mentioning Mellors, author of ‘Man and his Music’. Gamelan mentioned. Praises course at King’s which involved exchange with SOAS, teaching on instruments by Jeremy Montague and theory of Rag by Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy. [13:00] Mentions Neil Sorrell, Viram Jusani, Alistair Dick and James Kippen. MMus examiner Bert Lloyd. Charles Seeger gave father a job at Library of Congress. Father wrote ‘Recordings of Latin American Music’ and recorded radio programmes. Confirms father’s name as Gustavo Durán. Mother Bonte Crompton. Stanley Sadie recruited her to Grove 1973. Describes job, recruiting Peter Cooke and ethnomusicology networks forming. Met John Blacking and Neil Sorrell. Recruited Anthony King. Mentions David Rycroft. [20:53] Describes Thurston Dart creating a new Masters’ in folk music. Comments on Laurence Picken’s supervision. [24:00] Outlines travels in Crete studying unaccompanied songs of White Mountains, resistance songs. Describes Laurence Picken’s very thorough supervision of this, introducing LD to many genres and composers. Describes Picken’s interest in LD’s recordings and transcriptions. Describes Akai four track cassette recorder from Jairazbhoy and later a Uher. All recordings at National Sound Archive. [27:20] Describes first year of PhD in Crete and reasons for dropping PhD . Visited Libya, made recordings of Berber, Andalus tradition, weddings, zukra (double clarinet), ghaita, women's songs for weddings, tuareg music. [29:50] In 1975 headhunted by Patrick Saul of British Institute of Recorded Sound (BIRS). Outlines job: surveying existing collections and identifying gaps. Explains ethnomusicologists' reluctance to archive fieldwork and new policy to encourage desposit. Describes how BIRS was viewed by ethnomusicologists in Britain. Mentions John Baily and John Blacking. Describes effect on BIRS of merger with British Library. Mentions Peter Gabriel working at BIRS to find music for ‘Last Temptation of Christ’. [41:00] Tells comic story about day of merger with British Library. [Track ends due to knock at door.]

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    Interview with Lucy Durán (1 of 2). The ethnomusicologist talks about her research. Interviewer: Carolyn Landau.

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