Music!... To Let Us Create
15 Communicating with Sound
How old was Rossini when he first performed in an opera? How old
was he when he wrote his first opera? Guess how long it took Rossini
to write The Barber of Seville, then read this entertaining biography
to find out if you were right.
Where did Bulgarian folk music come from? How was it handed down
from one generation to the next? Visit this site to find out.
16 Making Musical Decisions
Scroll down for biographies and sound clips of famous blues artists.
Who was McKinley Morganfield better known as? Who is considered
the greatest blues artist of all time? While you are there, check
the Delta Map to find the actual "blue" highways and where they
C. Handy Birthplace, Museum & Library
Check out this biography of William Christopher Handy, the "Father
of the Blues," and see the museum that pays tribute to his memory.
How did Handy disappoint his father? Where did he get his inspiration
for his most famous song, "The St. Louis Blues"? This is the place
to find out!
Schoenberg and Twelve-Tone Music
Step out of the cozy world of tonality into the twelve-tone frontier.
Click on "jargon buster" for definitions of twelve-tone terms. What
was Schoenberg trying to accomplish with his new system?
17 Creating with Technology
and Music Synthesis Tutorial
Why is MIDI becoming more widely used than sampled music on disk
or CD-ROM? You can learn the basics of MIDI here. Keep scrolling
down, and you'll get a thorough MIDI education.
Wow! Everything you need to know about electronic music in a well-organized,
easy-to-use format. How does the production of sound in electronic
music differ from that in "unplugged" music? This site takes a few
minutes to download, but it's worth it.
18 Musical Creators
Aaron Copland Homepage
Find out more about one of America's greatest twentieth-century
composers. See pictures, read an entertaining biography, and hear
some of Copland's greatest hits on MIDI. Can you identify the piece
that plays when you open the homepage?
Duke Ellington Society
Explore this extensive source of information on Duke Ellington,
where you can hear over 10 samples of famous vocalists performing
his music. Can you name the work that Ellington considered to be
his most important?
the First Person: Libby Larson
Read (and listen to sound clips from) an excellent interview with
composer Libby Larsen. Find out about composing from an expert!
What advice does Larsen have for young composers?
Six Encore! The History of Recorded Music
Did you know that recordings existed before CDs, before cassettes,
even before vinyl records? Check out this lively timeline of recording
history. What was the first song ever recorded? Find out here!
Online Antique Phonograph Gallery
Ever wonder what your grandparents listened to before stereos were
invented? Satisfy your curiosity at the antique phonograph gallery.
See the phonographs and hear recordings of them. What was an offbeat
use for the "horns" or amplifiers of the old cylinder phonographs?
Smithsonian: The Smithsonian from A-Z
Find everything you ever wanted to know to know about the United
States national museum right here online. Be sure to check out the
section on musical instruments!