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Ralph P. Locke, Musical Exoticism: Images and Reflections (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009). xix + 421pp. $99.00

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 April 2011

Matthew Head
King's College London


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1 Locke, Ralph P., ‘Constructing the Oriental “Other”: Saint-Saëns's Samson et Dalila’, Cambridge Opera Journal 3 (1991): 261302.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

2 On hermeneutic windows, see Kramer, Lawrence, Music as Cultural Practice, 1800–1900 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990): 511Google Scholar. Elsewhere, Kramer defines them as ‘sites of engagement through which the interpreter and the interpreted animate one another’; see his Classical Music and Postmodern Knowledge (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995): 21Google Scholar.

3 Linda Phyllis Austern's work on music and exoticism in seventeenth-century England (‘“Forreine Conceites and Wandring Devises”: the Exotic, the Erotic and the Feminine’, in The Exotic in Western Music, ed. Bellman, Jonathan (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1998): 2647)Google Scholar is a curious omission from the bibliography. The issue of music's perceived exoticism is also mooted in my Musicology on Safari: Orientalism and the Spectre of Postcolonial Theory’, Music Analysis 22/1–2 (March–July 2003): 211–30Google Scholar.

4 Whaples, Miriam K., ‘Early Exoticism Revisited’, in The Exotic in Western Music, ed. Bellman, : 3–25, 18Google Scholar, cited in , Locke, Musical Exoticism, 99Google Scholar.

5 Henson, Karen, review of Bellman, ed., The Exotic in Western Music, Music and Letters 80 (1999): 144–7Google Scholar, and , Head, ‘Musicology on Safari’, 217–20Google Scholar.

6 Cook, Nicholas, Music: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000): 105.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

7 Rice, Eric, ‘Representations of Janissary Music (Mehter) as Musical Exoticism in Western Compositions, 1670–1824’, Journal of Musicological Research 19/1 (1999): 4188, 69–70.CrossRefGoogle Scholar