Music!... To Tell Us Who We Are
1 Music in Our Culture
There's something here for everyone! Listen to your choice of over
7,000 pieces of music by more than 550 different composers, or click
on "Play Random File," and let the computer choose a piece for you.
While you are there, choose a selectionmaybe one by J.S. Bach.
Then listen to something differentsay, a piece by Jacques Offenbach.
How are the styles of your chosen composers similar? How are they
Like what you heard in the classical MIDI archives? Find out even
more at Classical Net. Discover information about hundreds of composers,
advice on starting a classical CD collection, reviews of CDs, books,
and videos, and many links to other classical music sites. As you
explore the site, make a list of CDs you might like to hear or add
to your collection.
See, hear, and read about classical music through the ages. Music
History 102 is an illustrated, easy-to-use guide to the history
of Western classical music brought to you by the Internet Public
Library. Click on the music links to hear pieces by famous composers.
Check out the section on twentieth century music. What world events
influenced the music of the twentieth century?
Find the latest news on popular music and musicians, take a pop
music quiz, and discover what happened "This Day in Music" at Billboard
Magazine's Web site. Compare your trivia quiz answer with those
of other students.
2 Music in Other Cultures
Ladzepko African Music and Dance
See and hear actual clips of West African music and dance recorded
by Professor C. K. Ladzepko of the University of California at Berkeley.
Compare Professor Ladzepko's music with that by the Bamileke people
of Cameroon, who are featured in Chapter 2 of your textbook.
Have you ever heard the Mexican folk march "Zacatecas"? How about
the Israeli folk song "Havah Nagilah"? Find traditional music from
many countries at MIDI Folk Music. Download and save your favorite
files to disk to include in a multimedia presentation of music from
around the world.
Chinese Music Archives
Scroll down past the introduction of this site to hear MIDI files
of Chinese music from traditional to modern. Compare the style of
traditional Peking (Beijing) opera with that of today's opera music.
Kidjo Home Page
"Music is the only thing that can bring us together." So says West
African recording artist Angelique Kidjo, whose music is truly "world
music." Hear a sound clip from her latest album, which includes
performances of famous musicians from around the world, including
Branford Marsalis. Why did Kidjo relocate from her homeland, Benin,
West Africa, to Paris? Find out here!