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date: 08 April 2020

Densmore, Franceslocked

  • Willard Rhodes

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(b Red Wing, MN, May 21, 1867; d Red Wing, June 5, 1957). American ethnomusicologist. She received her early musical education at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Ohio, where she studied the piano, organ and harmony; later she was a piano pupil of Carl Baermann in Boston and of Leopold Godowsky, and studied counterpoint with John K. Paine at Harvard University. A pioneer in the study of Amerindian music, she became interested in the subject in 1893 after reading reports of Alice C. Fletcher’s work; she pursued this highly specialized field of study with unflagging energy until her death. In 1901 she wrote down for the first time songs from a Sioux woman near Red Wing. In 1904 she studied Filipino music at the St Louis Exposition, and notated the song of Geronimo, the famous Apache chief. In 1905 she visited the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota to observe the Chippewa, and made her first field trip at Grand Portage on the north shore of Lake Superior. In ...

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Ethnomusicology