Music Lit 3.10.08

Music Lit 3.10.08 - Music Lit Notes Classical Music in...

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Music Lit Notes – Classical Music in America Associated with Europe; imported In late 19 th C, some composers tried to make their music sound “American: Some strategies involved incorporating folk and popular elements; others didn’t Each strategy shaped by historical/social factors and personal/individual ones Music in Early America Native Americans had (and continue to develop) indigenous music Immigrants brought (and still bring) music from their homelands The Puritans Primarily religious music = psalmody Congregational singing Bay Psalm Book (1640) Billings (1770s-90s) – ex. “David’s Lamentation” Sacred Harp Singing A living Protestant musical tradition Based on 19 th C printed anthology “solfege” syllables make the songs easier to learn Enthusiasm valued above refinement Music Under Slavery Links to Africa o Drums, banjo o Call and response techniques o Complex or layered rhythms o Variety of timbres even within a single musical line
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