This volume of essays both seeks to take an innovative approach to music history and has an unusual history of its own. In 2012 musicologist Reinhard Strohm received the Balzan Prize from the International Balzan Prize Foundation (Milan/Zurich), an award presented to major scholars and scientists with the intention that half of their prize money should be used to support midcareer researchers working on a specified program. Strohm, as project leader, “opted for a project on global music history and, together with a Steering Committee, decided to invite researchers of historical musicology and ethnomusicology for study visits at six participating institutes to carry out or to complete their researches on the music of different world regions” (xiv). With the support of the Balzan Musicology Project, the authors included in this volume “studied the relatedness and the singularity of historical musics around the world,” seeking to articulate in different ways “a...

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