Merriam begins the reading addressing what ethno-musicology is and what it has ought to be. He explains how he and other authors have been working for more than 25 years to get this word acknowledged and that day has finally come. Merriam then starts discussing why this word is very important and needs to be implemented more than it was being used during that time; explaining how definition can be confusing and especially in other countries. After discussing what exactly ethno-musicology is to its readers Merriam starts to explain the different definitions of the word ethno-musicology itself and explains how people have dedicated their careers and lives to finding and defining ethnomusicology. Merriam ends the article giving his perspective of ethno-musicology and definitions starting that “The definitions of comparative musicology and ethnomusicology cited here reflect their eras and the thinking of their proponents, as is to be expected. But by looking at them in historic perspective, we learn something not only of the history of our field of study per se, but of its intellectual development as well. I have no doubt that new definitions of ethnomusicology will continue to be proposed and that they, too, will reflect the growing maturity of the field and its practitioners.”
This article did a good job at explaining to the readers what he was discussing and making it understandable to the readers as into that they were reading. He stuck to and talked about one
Musicals that have unique qualities and captivate audiences, can make Broadway history.
The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago and The Lion King are all amazing musicals still
running on Broadway; however, they each have something special or unique that blows people
away, making them want to see the show again and again. The Phantom of the Opera is a
mysterious romantic musical with songs like “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Past the Point of
No Return” which leave…
on whether or not Broadway musicals are considered “serious” art forms. People feel that a musical can never be taken seriously if the character is always singing sporadically, which is very unusual in real life. However, musicals have been around for quite some time now, many musicals are being adapted into major motion pictures, many children are raised on the famous Disney musical cartoons and everybody( whether they’ll admit it or not) has seen at least one musical in their lifetime and are…
CATS is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, and produced by Cameron Mackintosh. The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as "the Jellicle choice" and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life. Cats also introduced the song standard "Memory".
Directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, Cats first opened in the…
Early Origins of American theatre
American theatre dates back to the latter half of the seventeenth century. Of course there were many performing arts created by the Native Americans before then. The first theatres were built at Williamsburg in 1716, New York in 1732, and Charleston in 1736. Most early American theatres were not built to last more than a couple of season. In the 1750’s American theatre became centered around two major cities, Philadelphia and New York.
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Musical Innovations in Ancient Greece
A musical paradigm shift occurred during the Renaissance era. During this time contemporaries of the era developed a strong influence from the Ancient Greek civilization, specifically the ideal of humanism. Humanism gave a higher interest in people as valued individuals, signifying humans as creators rather than creations. Humanism is expressed in music by creating musical elements that promote expression and themes…
attitudes and concerns of both the performers and their culture at a specific time and place in history.
Eddie Meadows explains that Ethnomusicologists espouse the generally accepted view that music is more fully explained and understood relative to the culture of which it is an outgrowth, without understanding the cultural significance of the event in which music is performed by analyzing the music alone. In history the people who study the evolution of music are called historical musicologists.
HSight singing & Ear training（Solfeggio）
This is a fundamental training course of music feeling. And this course has a professional name---Solfeggio which is an Italian name. It is a musical skill that a student must master. This course is a two-part course in which the student will acquire sight-singing and ear-training skills.
Firstly, the purpose of sight singing is to practice our intonation of music, for instance, if I get a piece of song with five-line staff, I need to recognize the whole…
reach, and many look to find and emulate this connection.
Music may quite be anything, from just a hobby to a lifetime profession. There is no restriction to what level of musical emotions you can elicit; one argument is that this kind of musical, emotional response and the emulation or such emotions requires a degree of musical understanding and talent. This is not necessarily true; we all have had one moment in our lives when we sang a popular song out loud with our friends to generate an entertaining…
As a composer Antonio Vivaldi is widely known as one of the
greatest composers of the Baroque Era. He is considered a musical genius in Venice and all over
Italy. He and his music quickly spread around the world. His achievements are remarkable and
inspiring to any musician or composer. The unique techniques and musical elements he used
made his music stand out (Cordell 62).
Vivaldi’s concerto “The Four Seasons” is perhaps his most talented work that is accompanied…
Four dimensions of theater
1. Standard drama and musical theater
2. Theatrical arts
3. Fields that make use of theater
4. Theater sensibilities used in life
“There is only one show business” –Penn Julette
Theatrical- using theater as a metaphor
National Theater of the Deaf- The oldest theatre company in the United States that has continually gone on tours and produced original works. The company has visited each of the 50 states in close to 80 national…