Public and intimate sociability in first nations and Métis fiddling

Dueck, Byron (2007). Public and intimate sociability in first nations and Métis fiddling. Ethnomusicology, 51(1) pp. 30–63.



This article examines aboriginal fiddle music in the western Canadian province of Manitoba as it is enabled by two modes of musical sociability: face-to-face interactions between musical and social intimates, and “imagining” forms of sociability that generate musical publics. These modes of acquaintanceship have distinct implications for musical interactions and for the metrical and structural organization of fiddle tunes. Nevertheless, the two modes of sociability also interlace in myriad ways, as publicly circulating tunes and styles are embedded in intimate performance and daily life, and as expressions of musical intimacy are oriented to audiences of strangers.

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