Classical music of the United States. Classical music of the United States. Classical music of the United States is both a reflection of the immigrants who came to America from Europe and immigrants who have continued to come to America for the last 200 years. It took us a while to develop an “American National” musical sound. As part of the National music movement of the late 19th century, America came late to the “defining ourselves” role. The examples in our listening list are representative of different perspectives of what is “American”.
PICK ONE EXAMPLE FROM OUR AMERICAN COMPOSERS — IVES, COPLAND, ANGER, AND REICH — AND STATE HOW IT REFLECTS AN “AMERICAN” SOUND?
THEN PICK ONE EXAMPLE FROM THE WORLD MUSIC EXAMPLES THAT YOU LIKED THE BEST AND STATE WHY. WHAT ASPECTS OF THAT CULTURAL EXPERIENCE WAS INTERESTING? [Note that Navajo (American Indian) music is part of the “global” or ethnic experience.]
General William Booth Enters Into Heaven by Charles Ives [CD III, #12]
Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland [CD III, #16]
Street Stuff by Darol Anger [CD III, #14]
Sextet, III by Steve Reich [CD iii, #11]
Excerpts of Traditional World Music
Japan (Gagaku): Imperial Sho Koto Chant
India: Raga Kaphi
Indonesia, Bali: Gender Wajang (Gamelan Orchestra)
China: Hu-kin and Butterfly-harp
South Africa, Zululand: Flutes and Body Harp
Navajo, Nation American: Ribbon Dance
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