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A Brief History of Western Music – Unit 4, Lesson 5

Here are two folk idiom compositions, one Romanian and one American:

Bela Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances performed by the Danubia Orchestra

Aaron Copeland’s “Hoe Down” from the ballet Rodeo performed by the U.S. 85 more words

Music History

The Power of Recurrence: Further Thoughts on Form

I recently had the pleasure of seeing a live performance of Mario Davidovsky’s Synchronisms No. 10 for guitar and tape. Davidovsky is an Argentine-born composer who has spent most of his career in the US, especially at Columbia and Harvard universities. 970 more words


Watch: Nicholas Cook: The Imaginary African: Music, Race, Identity

Presented to the Faculty of Music Colloquium, 20th January 2016

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912), now forgotten but in his time an outstandingly successful British composer, was the illegitimate child of a West African medical student and an English mother. 124 more words


"New" Music and New Music

I have eluded before that I hate elitism in music and in arts in general. I hate the idea that atonal, minimalism, etc, are for “smart” people only. 523 more words


Manuel Ponce

Watercolors on paper 9″ x 12″

Manuel María Ponce Cuéllar (8 December 1882 – 24 April 1948) was a Mexican composer active in the 20th century. 105 more words


H is for Toshio Hosokawa

I’m doing the A-Z April Challenge again. This year, I’m going to look only for composers born the same year as I was: 1955.

Today is H, and my choice is Toshio Hosokawa… 26 more words


Schoenberg and London: The issues with 'Five Pieces for Orchestra'

On 3 September 1912, Henry Wood conducted a performance of Schoenberg’s Five Pieces for Orchestra at a Promenade concert in Queen’s Hall, London. What was set to be an exciting world premiere, and an opportunity for Wood to educate the British public on new developments in contemporary music, quickly turned into a fiasco. 1,649 more words