Rethinking the Orality-Literacy Paradigm in Musicology

  title={Rethinking the Orality-Literacy Paradigm in Musicology},
  author={Francesca R. Sborgi Lawson},
  journal={Oral Tradition},
  pages={ - }
  • F. Lawson
  • Published 1 October 2010
  • History
  • Oral Tradition
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