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Harold Powers

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"[A. Merriam] neglects to take sufficiently into account the possibilities of critical musical analysis as though from within the culture, be it by a native or a native-trained foreigner."
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Harold Powers, review of A. Merriam's The Anthropology of Music, p.171, 167.

 
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