Coda: making sense of the musical world
ByJohn Blacking
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Although I had agreed to write a foreword to this volume, I found it impossible to do so when confronted by the completed manuscript. All that I might have wished to say specifically about the sociology of music seemed to have been well covered in the introduction and succeeding chapters. I was therefore left with the options of citing and endorsing points which had been adequately made by the authors, or of discussing new problems that have been raised by ethnomusicological research but are not really germane to the purposes of this volume. Since the first option would have seemed unnecessarily patronizing and the second irrelevant, I asked to be excused from my obligation to contribute a foreward and I have contributed the following postscript.