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Music as a World Phenomenon: Unit 3- Notes

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Notes cover material in Unit 3: Chapters 7, 8, and 9.
Music as a world phenomenon
Andrew Shahriari
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Date Created: 04/11/16
Music as a World Phenomenon -1 Unit 3: Notes Notes  Beijing Opera: o Song “piercing” voice fiddle & “raising and falling” gongs. o Musicians divided into two:  Civil (Melodic) and Military (Rhythmic and loud aerophones) o Melodic: consists of a variety of instruments  Is lead by the jinghu fiddle which is smaller and has a higher range w/ a piercing timbre primary role is to support the voice either leading or following it through modal improvisation.  Correspond to the tonal contour of language.  Ex. High tone = low melody  Plays with a heterophonic structure o Rhythmic: conductor is a percussionist w/ a small drum w/ a high cutting timbre and a wooden dapper.  Play along melodic instruments to keep a pulse, important for adding an aural emphasis on the actor’s movements.  Follow action/ military scene.  Revolutionary Opera: o Song “Orchestral” sound, modern theatre display o Use many of the same instruments as Beijing Opera above (w/ western orchestra instruments) o Heterophonic structure is replaced w/ Western harmony. Actors no longer use stylized speech but dramatic voice improvisation is replaced w/ a fully scored composition. Music as a World Phenomenon -2 Unit 3: Notes o Traditional opera was created for every level of society, new operas emphasized good over evil. (better suited for communist ideas) o 8 model works: 5 operas, 2 ballets, 1 symphony.  Mongolia: o Song sounds like someone carrying out and holding the words they said like pu teee. o One of the most remote places, many still live as nomadic herders. o Long song w/ “Throat” singing  Sounds like a low grumble and high pitched whistle  Singer adjust to change pitch, the fundamental drone is low, thus enabling the high overtones to be more easily heard.  Played w/ a horse head fiddle (morin khuur) which consists of two strings played w/ a bow.  Tuvan singing was originally closely tied to animistic belief systems where the sounds were intended to imitate the sounds of nature. In doing so a person was able to tap into the spiritual power of their environment.  Kabuki Theatre: o Song “Twangy “lute and, “yo-ho” calls w/ whistle song. o Instruments: shamisen (fretless pluched lute), nokan is a horizontal flute plays w/ the taiko, o-tuzumi, and ko-tuzumi drums.  Tibetan Buddhist Ritual: o Song sounds like hammering then like wild horns sounding an alarm o Highest elevation of any inhabited area on earth, temperature can fluctuate from below freezing to nearly 80 degrees in 1 day. Music as a World Phenomenon -3 Unit 3: Notes o Tantric Buddhism is the predominate religion in region  Ritualistic activity (like yoga) to achieve its spiritual aims o Music- Long trumpets produce low fog horn like timbre other trumpets overlap to produce a continuous wavering sound. Blaring trumpets contrast w/ the subdued guttural chatting of the monks. o Some Tibetan chat traditions produce overtones, similar to the throat singing from Mongolia. Difference is Tibetan tradition does not use the overtones to produce a melody per say but more an aural (audio) effect. o Trumpets: Monks explore all aspects of his mind, body and spirit. (through instruments)  Kang dung traditionally made of human thighbone. Now made of metal.  To remind performer that the body is impermanent.  Dung kar made of conch shells.  Rare contributing to their sacred value.  Dung chen is made of metal and usually 5 – 12’ long.  Is said to wake the gods. Music as a World Phenomenon -4 Unit 3: Notes Questions  _____ is a narrative drama found in South Korea. o P’ansori  Popular music from the “Western” world, i.e., Rock and roll, is regarded as “illegitimate” musical activity in accordance w/ mainstream Islamic beliefs. The omnipresent being referred to as “God”by English- speaking Christians is called ____ by  Islam. o Allah  Byzantine chant is typical of the religious singing of the ____. o Greek Orthodox Church


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