Music!... To Understand Life's Meaning
11 Love Songs
and Bess: An American Voice
Why has Porgy and Bess had a controversial history? Where did author
DuBose Heyward get his idea for the story? Click on "For More Information"
to find out.
Performances: Porgy and Bess
See video clips of interviews with singer William Warfield (the
original Porgy), Todd Duncan, and a well-known "mystery person"
who may surprise you. How did Gershwin do research for the music
of Porgy and Bess?
12 Religious Music
Way Buddhism: Tibetan Music
The Web takes you around the world to hear Tibetan chants and musical
instruments used in Tibetan religious ceremonies. How do the sounds
of Tibetan instruments compare with similar instruments used in
the United States?
in the Liturgical Library
Hear music from medieval to modern from the Catholic tradition of
Christianity. Compare the polyphonic piece Salvum Fac Populam, written
in the twentieth century, with the polyphonic pieces written in
earlier centuries. How does it sound different?
13 The Music of Celebrations
Gain an Olympic knowledge of national anthems right here. Try comparing
an anthem from a Northern Hemisphere country with an anthem from
a country in the Southern Hemisphere. How are the musical styles
Become familiar with the Japanese koto and shakuhachi here, and
play a virtual koto game. Why do you think people in Japan today
might not have much opportunity to hear these traditional instruments?
14 Condolences in Death
History 102Frederic Chopin
Check out biographical info on Chopinthis is a good introduction
to the unofficial Chopin home page. Chopin composed virtually all
his music for only one instrument. What was that instrument?
Unofficial Chopin Home Page
Choose from over 200 MIDI recordings of Chopin's works.
Unofficial Billie Holiday Web Site
What was it about Billie Holiday's style that made her the most
famous jazz singer of all time? What was her nickname, and who gave
it to her? Hear some of Holiday's wonderful recordings on MIDI while
you answer these and other questions about her life.
Five Encore! A Music Memorial
Hear the tune made famous in the PBS television series The Civil
War. How was composer Jay Unger inspired to write this haunting