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  What Kind of Music is That?
The short answer is: Western music is generally tonal, based on major or minor scales, using an equal temperament tuning, in an easy-to-recognize meter, with straightforward rhythms, fairly strict rules on harmony and counterpoint, and not much improvisation.
Tonal music is music in which the chords and harmonies are arranged to give the strong feeling that the piece has a note and chord that are its "home base", so to speak.
Music that goes even further, and freely uses all the notes of the chromatic scale, but still manages to have a tonal "home", is called chromatic.
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Music has marked the triumphs and defeats and the joys and sorrows of American life.
Among the nation's thriving social and musical organizations are many choruses and glee clubs whose repertories were built by some unsung heroes of our culture--composers and arrangers whose art taught us to sing popular folk and theater music during our school years.
The Bicentennial music series is being presented by the Music Division of the Library of Congress, which was inducted into the Cincinnati Classical Music Hall of Fame in April 1999, and received the ASCAP-Chamber Music America award for adventurous programming for its concert series in 1997-98.
www.loc.gov /bicentennial/music.html   (914 words)

 North American from A-Z
North America is the 3rd largest of the 7 continents.
EARTHQUAKES are common in North America and often occur along the west coast of the continent.
The Atlantic Ocean is to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Arctic Ocean to the north.
www.geocities.com /northamericaaz   (2440 words)

 Chinese Music Society of North America
Sin-yan Shen, a foremost authority on Chinese music and a virtuoso artist on the erhu, the python-skin vertical fiddle, the performance of this Orchestra is famous for its passion, virtuosity and provocative sound generated by its unique instrumentation.
The Chinese Music Society of North America was organized in the 1960s to increase and diffuse the knowledge of Chinese music and to encourage international exchange.
He is currently Music Director of the Silk and Bamboo Ensemble and the Chinese Classical Orchestra, both touring internationally under the auspices of the Chinese Music Society of North America.
www.chinesemusic.net /concert_lecture_info.asp   (2406 words)

 Heavy metal music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that emerged as a defined musical style in the 1970s, having its roots in hard rock bands which, between 1967 and 1974, took blues and rock to create a hybrid with a thick, heavy, guitar-and-drums-centered sound, characterised by the use of highly amplified distortion.
Whereas a painting is experienced visually, a symphony experienced audibly, a heavy metal band's "image" and the common theme that binds all their music is expressed in the artwork on the album, the set of the stage, the tone of the lyrics, in addition to the sound of the music.
In Jordan, for example, all Metallica albums, past, present and future were banned in 2001.[1] In Europe and America, the fan base for heavy metal consists primarily of white males in their teens and 20's—many of whom are attracted to heavy metal's overtly anti-social yet fantastical lyrics and extreme volume and tempos.
music.information-free.com /American-music/Heavy_metal_music.html   (4329 words)

 Historical Background to the Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Music among the Indians was also used to strengthen group cohesiveness, and was practiced communally as an intrinsic part of life itself.
Many musical forms and dances were imported into the Americas towards the end of the 1800’s such as the Waltz from Austria, the Mazurka from Hungary, the Minuet and Bouree from France, the Pasodoble from Spain and the Country Dance from England.
These musics and their respective dances had at first caused an scandal and raised many eyebrows in the European courts due to the fact that earlier types of music required their dancers to barely hold hands and bow respectively to their dance partner.
www.markamusic.net /to_the_mus.htm   (1796 words)

 Western music (North America) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Western Music, directly related to the old English, Scottish, and Irish folk ballads, was originally composed by and about the people settling and working in the American West and western Canada.
The characteristic of this music is Native American whistles accompanied by clashes and bangs of percussion instruments during intense moments of the movie.
Western music was first brought to national attention by John Lomax in his 1910 publication, Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Western_music_(North_America)   (768 words)

Emerging from the depths of the fl man's soul which yearned for freedom, jazz is one of the freest of all musical forms with its numerous impromptu variations.
In jazz musical ideas are born and the musicians play impromptu together for hours without recourse to written music.
It remains perhaps one of the most popular forms of music today in America and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville is said to be the music capital of the world where its summer festival attracts large crowds.
geocities.com /yamataro670/jazzcountrywestern.htm   (483 words)

 Cowboy/Western - Free Music Downloads - MP3 Downloads - Download.com Music
Western music is the latter half of what during the 1930s and '40s came to be called ‘country and western music.’ Cowboy songs, though, are as old as the cowboy tradition--or older, as some date back centuries.
At their most basic level they're simply folksongs, with melodies and lyrics geared toward (and in some cases rewritten to reflect) distinctly western situations and myths--the harsh reality of long, dusty cattle drives; the melancholy of a dying gunfighter.
The popularity of western movies (singing or no singing) and cowboy music had died down by the '60s.
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 Map of Western North America
Western music (North America) - Western Music, directly related to the old English, Scottish, and Irish folk ballads, was originally composed by and about the people settling and working in the American West and western Canada.
North America - North America is a continent in the Earth's northern hemisphere and almost fully in the western hemisphere.
It is bordered on the north by the Arctic Ocean, on the east by the North Atlantic Ocean, on the southeast by the Caribbean Sea,...
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The contemporary music ensemble at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa is a group of ensembles within an ensemble.
The group has three main musical purposes: to perform some of the finest transcriptions of the greatest classical and choral repertoire, to bring to the forefront the best original and jazzy works for trombone ensemble, and to be a performance vehicle for new works written by local composers and student composers.
The course is focused on the study and performance of scenes from opera, operetta, and musical theatre and culminates in the staged performance of these scenes with costumes, makeup, simple sets, and lighting effects.
www.hawaii.edu /uhmmusic/ewestern.htm   (1378 words)

 Da Vigi Music website
World music is, most generally, all the music in the world (Bohlman 2002, Nidel 2004, p.3), but is more specifically all music genres that are not part of mainstream popular music or classical music from North America or Western Europe, and has some kind of "ethnic" component.
World music is generally agreed to be traditional, folk or roots musics of any culture that is created and played by indigenous musicians or that is "closely informed or guided by indigenous music of the regions of their origin" (Nidel 2004, p.2).
Some musicians and curators of music have come to dislike the term "world music." On October 3, 1999, David Byrne, aforementioned as the founder of the Luaka Bop music label, wrote an editorial in The New York Times explaining his digression.
www.davigimusic.com   (3340 words)

North America reissues Curlew's obscure 2nd album, which was recorded in 1984-85 and originally released only in Germany.
North America is an unusual album in the band's oeuvre, as it's their one album that is the most obviously a product of the studio, and it's also their most overtly 'avant-progressive' release.
The band who perform on North America is pretty much an all-star ensemble of the emerging 'downtown' scene: Appearing as always are saxist/leader George Cartwright and cellist Tom Cora.
www.cuneiformrecords.com /bandshtml/curlew.html   (942 words)

 North American Animals Coloring/Info Pages - EnchantedLearning.com
The bighorn sheep is a wild brown sheep from mountains and deserts of North America.
The Red-Tailed Hawk is a bird of prey, a raptor from North America.
Prairies are temperate grasslands in the interior of North America.
www.enchantedlearning.com /coloring/northamer.shtml   (3936 words)

 American Music
Since the beginning of the 20th century, popular recorded music from the United States has become increasingly known across the world, to the point where some forms of American popular music is listened to almost everywhere.
Much of modern popular music can trace its roots to the emergence in the late 1800s of African American blues and the growth in the 1920s of gospel music.
The Cajun and Creole traditions in Louisiana music, the folk and popular styles of Hawaiian music, and the bluegrass and old time music of the Southeastern states are but a few examples of the regional diversity of modern American music.
music.information-free.com /American-music   (370 words)

 Internet Public Library: Music History 102
And it was during the Middle Ages that western culture saw the arrival of the first great name in music, Guillaume de Machaut.
With the rise of humanism, sacred music began for the first time to break free of the confines of the Church, and a school of composers trained in the Netherlands mastered the art of polyphony in their settings of sacred music.
Of course, secular music thrived during this period, and instrumental and dance music was performed in abundance, if not always written down.
www.ipl.org /div/mushist   (1642 words)

 North Country Music
The mission of the American Music Therapy Association is to advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increase access to quality music therapy services in a rapidly changing world.
Holland's Opus Foundation is dedicated to promoting instrumental music nationwide by partnering with businesses, schools, and communities to provide new and refurbished musical instruments to qualified schools and individual students.
The VH1 Save The Music initiative is dedicated to improving the quality of education in America's public schools by restoring and supporting music programs in cities across the country, and by raising public awareness about the importance of music participation for our Nation's youth.
www.northcountrymusic.com   (415 words)

 Western music - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For information on the music of the American and Canadian wests, see Western music (North America).
Western music is the genres of music originating in the Western world (Europe and its former colonies) including Western classical music, American Jazz, Country and Western, pop music and rock and roll.
The word Western may be misleading as the definition of the western world has changed over time and because of the inclusion of Western influenced genres.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Western_music   (115 words)

 Comments on the Western Rite
that you’re Western Rite and we’re Eastern Rite.
A priest and deacon were ordained at that retreat for a new Western Orthodox parish.
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, is bishop of reference for the Western Rite.
www.westernorthodox.com /basil   (1129 words)

 What is Western-Rite Orthodoxy?
In the United States, Orthodoxy, which was first brought to North America through Alaska by colonizers from czarist Russia in 1794, has been, until the last few years, a church primarily of immigrants and their descendents from Eastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean.
More specifically, the Western Rite is a specified form of worship that was used by Christians in Western Europe before the Roman Catholic Church broke with the Orthodox Church.
The Western Rite, when compared to Byzantine liturgical forms, is simpler, less redundant, obviously shorter, and employs a hymnody (the hymns used) that are familiar to a great many American Christians.
www.westernorthodox.com /whatis   (1288 words)

 Sahaja Yoga Music Chakras Mantras Folk Bhajans Meditation
Music has a way of carrying these Divine Vibrations, but music has to be Divine also.The music which is erotic or something very base or related to something very ugly doesn't work out.
The music, lyrics, and recording were done at the Academy in Nagpur, India.
The musicians of the PK Salve Academy of Fine Arts and Music are reaching back to a common heritage of this one planet.
www.sahajayoga.ca /music   (302 words)

 Music and the Mind: Turning the Cognition Key, Observer Online (10-21-2004), Northwestern University
As Gjerdingen details in his chapter “The Psychology of Music” in The Cambridge History of Western Music Theory (2002), the roots of the field go back to the beginnings of modern psychology in the 19th century and Hermann von Helmholtz’s seminal On the Sensations of Tones.
As a distinct discipline, music cognition has only taken shape within the last two decades — with the establishment of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition and the founding of the journal Music Perception, both in 1983, and the first International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition in 1990.
And the school is in the process of hiring a new faculty member in music cognition, joining Ashley, Gjerdingen, and Peter Webster, associate dean for academic affairs and research, as well as allied faculty such as linguistics professor Janet Pierrehumbert and learning sciences professor Andrew Ortony.
www.northwestern.edu /observer/issues/2004-10-21/music.html   (1111 words)

Live music performances quite often have the same effect as the Shofar does on Rosh Hashanah.
This piece is an original composition that combines elements of Jewish music with modern music, including Jazz, Funk, Rock, and Hip-Hop.
Topics to be discussed are Jewish life under Ottoman rule and Jewish and Arab cultural collaboration in music, science, and even religion.
www.jatm.org /music.html   (946 words)

 Western North Carolina Visitor's Guide to Burke County and surrounding areas
Western North Carolina is a combination of scenic beauty, outdoor recreation, history, and unique shopping opportunities.
Western North Carolina has excellent warm water fishing as well as the mountain trout fishing it is best known for.
North Carolina has a wonderful, award winning, wildlife and nature magazine called Wildlife in North Carolina, it is published by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources commission and features the wildlife of the state, fishing, hunting, and just observing nature.
www.drexelantiques.com /northcarolinainfo.html   (2978 words)

 Open Directory - Society: History: By Region: North America: United States: West
America's West - Development and History - Provides information on the history and development of the American West.
Western History Association - Information about this association which exists to promote the study of the North American West in all its varied aspects and in its broadest sense.
Western Outlaw-Lawman History Association - WOLA is an educational organization devoted to the history of the Old West.
dmoz.org /Society/History/By_Region/North_America/United_States/West   (756 words)

 Faculty Profiles, School of Music, Northwestern University
Composer of acoustic music focusing on extended instrumental techniques, modified conventional instruments, and instruments of the composer's own design and, most recently, combining this approach with real-time electronics and spatialization.
Chamber music performances at the Tanglewood, Bard, Flagstaff, Grand Teton, San Luis Obispo Mozart and Sommerfest La Jolla Music Festivals, and at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital with the Da Camera Society of Houston.
Doctoral and masters degrees from Michigan in piano chamber music and accompanying; bachelor of music, magna cum laude, in piano performance from Philadelphia College of Performing Arts.
www.music.northwestern.edu /facultyprofiles/m.html   (733 words)

 Amazon.com: Snakes of North America: Western Region (Field Guide Series): Books: Richard D. Bartlett,Richard D. Bartlett   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The collaborative effort of veteran herpetologist and herpetoculturist R. Bartlett and writer, wildlife lecturer, wilderness guide, and herpetologist Alan Tennant, Snakes Of North America: Western Region is a comprehensive guide to the wide variety of snake species found in the western region of North America.
Enhanced with 186 full-color photographs, maps of habitat and range, abundance, size, venom status, prey, and behavior of species, and much, much more, Snakes Of North America: Western Region is confidently recommended as being a first-rate reference and field guide filled from cover to cover with the collective wisdom of two experienced herpetological professionals.
(Are western subspecies less well-defined than eastern subspecies?) The difference probably results from the fact that the eastern/central book drew upon Tennant's earlier books on Florida and Texas snakes; this book did not have the same advantage.
www.amazon.com /Snakes-North-America-Western-Region/dp/0877193126   (925 words)

 James Wierzbicki
Ph.D. in music, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (dissertation topic: “Burlesque Opera in London: 1729–1738”), 1979.
“Music Criticism in the Soviet Union: New Directions,” presented at annual meeting of the Music Critics Association of North America, Aspen, Colorado, August 1989.
“Music Criticism in Theory and Practice,” presented to graduate students in the degree program in music criticism, Peabody Conservatory of Music, February 1989.
www.music.umich.edu /departments/musicology/JamesWierzbicki.htm   (941 words)

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