Weavers of Song: Polynesian Music and Dance
Last updated: 17.12.19
Hardcover - 560 pages (April 2000), usually ships within 3-5 weeks.
Based on thorough research and meticulous scholarship, it covers in its first part regional
music and dance, exploring in detail the musical traditions of twenty specific areas,
including the Society Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Niue, Uvea and Futuna, the
Marquesas Islands, Easter Island, Hawaii, and New Zealand.
In the second part McLean describes the musical instruments and the uses, performance,
composition, teaching and structure of music across the entire region. He studies the
impact of European music on traditional music and includes a chapter on modern music
and dance. He finally examines the cultural connections and the diffusion of styles
throughout the Polynesian Pacific.
Weavers of Song is lavishly illustrated with 165 photographs and over 80 musical
examples. It is accompanied by a CD sampler containing songs, dance-songs and
instrumental music from areas studied in the book.