Plans for post-retirement; The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music; links

Q. I have one more question. What are your plans for post-retirement?

A. As I tell people, I am going to retire from my job, but I'm not going to retire from my identity. Being an ethnomusicologist is part of my identity, one aspect of my identity. And so I currently have two book contracts. One is a contract to write a textbook that flows out of the course that I have supervised for so many years here, in which we taught the history of all music to our students. It's going to be a history of all the world's music, which I'm going to co-write with Dave Wilson, who just got his Ph.D. here. And we have a contract with Routledge to write that book. It's going to be called "Gateways to Understanding Music." Those gateways are going to be pieces of music drawn from all the traditions, European classical music, world music, jazz and popular music. And then I have a second contract to write a book with the amazingly broad title "Music, a World History." A book like that, I don't believe has been written for 50 or 60 years. And I'm going to try write a book which flows a little bit, going back to my first job at the University of Toronto, where they asked me to teach the history of European classical music, and that opened me up. We talk about world music, but very often when ethnomusicologists say that, they mean everything but European classical music, jazz, and American popular music. (Laugh)  Having to teach European classical music put me in touch with that repertoire. It makes it possible today for me to think that broadly about music.

Q. The Garland gave you experience as well?


Vice-rector of Sofia University Professor Reneta Bozhankova confers the high distinction of Doctor Honoris Causa to Professor Timothy Rice. During the solemn ceremony, Rice pointed out that the distinction was particularly personal and emotional to him since it was linked with his love to Bulgarians and Bulgarian culture and music. He delivered his academic address "An American Life in Bulgarian Music" in Bulgarian (2016).


A. That was truly ethnomusicological. The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music was, in some sense, an interesting point in the history of ethnomusicology. In the 1990s we started designing that book. At that time ethnomusicologists had developed enough knowledge of the world's music that we could put together our own encyclopedia in our own way, which was not alphabetical (gaida comes in the “g” volume and China comes in the “C” volume), but organized like we tend to think, geographically, into regions, and then around issues and processes and culture, and keeping everything together. You didn't have one entry on the "kaval" and one entry on the "gaida," and then one entry on "Bulgaria."  You just had an entry on Bulgarian music. Everything was together.

Q. Thank you, Professor Rice, for your contribution to so many people over so many years, and thank you for this interview.

A. Thank you for doing it. I really appreciate it.





Rice performs on saxophone with
(left) Russell Schuh (1941-2016) on clarinet and (center) Ivan Varimezov
on gaida. Photo by Todd Cheney (2007).


Tim Rice bio page, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

Timothy Rice Conferred a Doctor Honoris Causa Degree at Sofia University (2016)

10 Questions for Timothy Rice: The beauty of Balkan song is a prime focus for School of Music director (2009)

Rice Receives Award from the Bulgarian President (2008)

Artists House Music: Music Educator Profile: UCLA Professor of Ethnomusicology Timothy Rice (2007)

Interview: May It Fill Your Soul: Central Europe Review talks to ethnomusicologist and author Timothy Rice about Bulgarian folk music (1999) Ethnomusicology Music_of_Bulgaria Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir

YouTube: Varimezov Family Band-Nestinarsko/Trite Pati-San Francisco, May 2015 Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares


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