Music in America


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By Adelaida Reyes. One of the case-study volumes that can be used along with Teaching Globally/Thinking Musically 803021, the core books in the Global Music Series. Each case study uses the contemporary musical situation as a point of departure,covering historical information and traditions as they relate to the present.

America's music is a perennial work in progress. Music in America looks at both the roots of American musical identity and its many manifestations, seeking to answer the complex question: "What does American music sound like?" Focusing on 3themes- identity, diversity, and unity - it explores where America's music comes from, who makes it, and for what purpose.
The author considers how musical culture is shaped by space and time, by geography and history; by social, economic, andpolitical factors; and by people who use music to express themselves within a community. The author draws on a range of musical styles - from ethnic and popular music idioms to contemporary art music - to highlight the ways in which sounds fromvarious cultural origins come to share a national identity.
Includes a 65-minute CD containing examples of the music discussed in the book, guided listening and hands-on activities.

1. A Unifying Vision (perspective and historical context)
2. Diversity and American Musical Life
3. Identity and American Music
4. E pluribus unum (the language of oneness)
5. American Musical Culture
References,Resources, Index

CD Track List:
1. "God Bless America" by Irving Berling (Kate Smith, singer)
2. "Yankee Doodle" (traditional); Pete Seeger, singer
3. New Women's Shuffle Dance by Young Nation (Seneca)
4. "Oye como va" by Tito Puente
5. "PrettyPolly" (traditional), sung with guitar by E.C. Ball
6. "One Morning in May" (traditional), sung by Texas Gladden
7. "Diamond Joe" (traditional), sung by Charlie Butler
8. "Soldier's Joy" (traditional) performed by Nashville WashboardBand
9. "Oh, Susanna" by Stephen Foster
10. "Go Dating with my Love" (anon.) for Chinese bamboo flute
11. "Bittersweet Music" by Bun-ching Lam performed by Paul Taub on piccolo
12. "Batey" by Tania Leon and performed by The WesternWind Vocal Ensemble
13. "Hello Song" by Up'ik (Eskimo)
14. "Aloha e ke kai o Kalalau" (traditional)
15. "U.S. Highball" by Harry Partch
16. "The Letter" by Harry Partch (voice and ensemble)
17. "Banshee" by Henry Cowell
18. "TheGong on the Hook and Ladder" by Charles Ives (violins, viola, cello, piano and bass drum)
19. "Goodnight, Irene" by Huddie Ledbetter (aka Leadbelly)
20. "This Land Is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie and sung by him
21. "I Ain't Got No Home"by Woody Guthrie and sung by him
22. "Gray Goose" (traditional) sung by Leadbelly
23. Cuban Overture by George Gershwin played by the NY Philharmonic Orchestra
24. Clave pattern (field recording)
25. "We Shall Overcome" by C.A. Tindleysung in a 1964 mass meeting in Mississippi
26. "Swanee River" by Stephen Foster, sung by Pete Seeger
27. "Stars and Stripes" by John Philip Sousa
28. "Maple Leaf Rag" by Scott Jopling, Kate Katigbak on piano
29. "A Lincoln Portrait" byAaron Copland (James Earl Jones, speaker, with Seattle Symphony and Chorale)
30. "Barbara Allen" (traditional) sung by Pete Seeger
31. "Caverns" by Jason Kao Hwang and the Far East Side Band
32. "Stomp Dance" by Carlos Nakai and AmoChipDabney (flute, sax)
33. Excerpt from "Mart" by Ali N. Askin; "Mart(-inique)," a remix by Kai Fikentscher
123 pages


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