Anglo-American - Anglo-American Diaspora: Music and Memory...

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Anglo-American Diaspora: Music and Memory Overview: In this lesson we will explore the Anglo-American ballad tradition. We will locate the Anglo- American ballad in history as well as in the British and American cultures. After studying the musical characteristics of ballads, we will examine the general concept of music and memory and the roles that music can play in the preservation of memory. In our case study of the Anglo-American ballads, we will differentiate between the broadside ballads and traditional ballads, including the Child ballads. We will conclude by seeing how the Anglo-American ballad tradition has been affected by our changing world by looking at the folk music revival and the musical contributions of folksinger Pete Seeger. Objectives: Upon completion of this Lesson you will be able to: Locate the Anglo-American diaspora Describe the musical characteristics of Anglo-American folk music List the ways in which music can aid memory Define Child ballad Define broadside ballad List Pete Seeger’s contributions to folk music Steps to Completion Read the lesson on the Anglo-American Diaspora View the online lesson by clicking on the "next page" link in the upper and lower right corners. View individual pages by using the navigation on the left, the next page will be Introduction. Individual pages are also accessible by the drop down menu on the top center of this page. Take the Lesson Quiz The quiz will be accessible through Angel Take the quiz between 8am on Thursday and 11pm on Friday There is a 17 minute time allotment Anglo-American Diaspora: Music and Memory Introduction
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Don McLean performing "American Pie" We turn in this lesson to a culture a little bit “closer to home.” In fact, the heritage of this musical tradition overlaps with our culture in the United States. But the music we are studying in this lesson has not been a part of “mainstream culture” for years. Instead it is a part of our cultural memory - it hearkens back to a time before television and even before radio, to a time when people had to sing to entertain themselves. In many ways it is the music of a bygone era. The particular type of song that we are going to examine, known as the ballad, not only preserves this cultural memory simply by being from that time, but it also invokes the past through the lyrical content of the songs. Traditionally, ballads commemorate important events and memorable individuals. Often the characters are fictional, but the stories are ones that could easily have happened. Thus we learn about and, to a certain extent, experience a different time when we hear the stories transmitted in the songs. In this lesson we will explore the long history and musical tradition of the Anglo-American ballad to see the different ways in which music can preserve memory. Location
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