Lecture 2 outline - GMUS 203: Music in America Dr. Andrew...

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GMUS 203: Music in America Dr. Andrew Connell LECTURE 2: AMERICAN INDIAN MUSIC Brief History: 50,000-8,000 B.C. - Asian Hunters cross Bering Straight • When Europeans arrived: 1-2 million inhabitants in what is now U.S. and Canada 1,000 tribal groups 60 different language families Difficulties of studying pre-contact American Indian music: • oral culture – • decimation through war and disease – • Conversion to Christianity • Pan-Indian movements • Allure of modern Western ways • Eurocentric biases - “primitives” or “savages” - “noble” and “unspoiled” The Role of Music in Native Cultures: • Linked with ritual • Music is not composed in the same sense as Western music • Music has spiritual properties - Music is sometimes dangerous. The importance of music is not its beauty but its efficacy General Musical Characteristics • Predominantly vocal - Mphonic - no harmony Songs use: - words and/or vocables - Short, repeating melodies - Repetition with subtle variation 1
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This note was uploaded on 10/22/2009 for the course MUSIC 203 taught by Professor Dr.connell during the Fall '09 term at James Madison University.

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