Synopses & Reviews
Listen to and appreciate music of different cultures with MUSIC OF THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD! Stunning illustrations help you to better understand the people, music, and instruments of the 11 musical cultures discussed. Active Listening Tools, a free download from the World Music Resource Center, enhance listening and understanding by allowing you to view instruments and cultural settings while you listen to musical excerpts.
About the Author
William Alves is a teacher; composer; scholar of non-Western music; associate professor of music at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California; and member of the Society for Ethnomusicology. Dr. Alves has been an active performer of non-Western music for the past 10 years, mostly in various Javanese and Balinese gamelan orchestras but also West African drumming. In 1993-1994, he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Indonesia, where he also participated in these ensembles, conducted research, and taught. Dr. Alves has written many pieces for gamelan, often in combination with Western instruments. He also has written works inspired by Japanese, African, and Indian idioms. His works are recorded on the EMF and ICMC labels, among others, and his video works are syndicated by Offline and CinemaNow.com. His experience with cross-cultural influences allows him to show students how these sometimes-inaccessible cultures can be connected to familiar experiences, often in beautiful and unexpected ways. William Alves has been teaching at the university level for 22 years. Although most of his teaching has been at private colleges (USC, Scripps, Harvey Mudd, Claremont Graduate University), he also has had residencies; given workshops; and guest lectures at community colleges, arts conservatories, and public universities. His writings on music have appeared in PERSPECTIVES OF NEW MUSIC, INTERCULTURAL MUSIC, COMPUTER MUSIC JOURNAL, MUSIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION NOTES, 1/1, THE CSOUND BOOK, and SOCIETY OF ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC MUSIC in the UNITED STATES JOURNAL. Dr. Alves is co-director of the MicroFest Festival of Microtonal Music, and director of the American Gamelan and Electronic Music ensembles at the Claremont Colleges.
Table of Contents
Part 1: FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC. 1. Introduction. 2. Pitch. 3. Melody. 4. Rhythm. 5. Timbre and Texture. 6. Musical Instruments. Part 2: SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA. 7. Introduction to the Region. 8. Characteristics of Traditional African Music. 9. Traditional African Instruments. 10. Drumming in West Africa. 11. Music of the Jalolu. 12. Mbira Music. 13. African Popular Music. Part 3: THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA. 14. Introduction to the Region. 15. Elements of Middle Eastern Music. 16. The Instruments of the Region. 17. Arab Music. 18. Arabic Music Performance. 19. Music in Iran. 20. Jewish Music. Part 4: CENTRAL ASIA. 21. Introduction to the Region. 22. Characteristics of Central Asian Music. 23. Tibetan Music. 24. Mongolian Music. Part 5: INDIA. 25. Introduction to the Region. 26. Elements of Indian Classical Music. 27. Indian Instruments and their Functions. 28. Raga, The Melodic Dimension Of Indian Music. 29. Performance of the Alap and Conclusion from Raga Khamaj. 30. Tala, The Rhythmic Dimension Of Indian Music. 31. Vocal Music in India. 32. Influences of Indian Music on Contemporary Western Music. Part 6: CHINA. 33. Introduction to the Region. 34. Characteristics of Traditional Chinese Music. 35. Traditional Chinese Instruments. 36. Guqin Music. 37. Folk and Contemporary Music. 38. Chinese Dramatic Music. Part 7: JAPAN. 39. Introduction to the Region. 40. Characteristics of Japanese Music. 41. Gagaku?Ancient Orchestral Music of the Japanese Court. 42. Japanese Instrumental Music. 43. Music of the Japanese Theatre. Part 8: INDONESIA. 44. Introduction to the Region. 45. Characteristics of Gamelan Music. 46. Java, Its Gamelan and Instruments. 47. Javanese Composition. 48. A Javanese Gamelan Performance. 49. Bali, Its Gamelan and Instruments. 50. Balinese Composition and Performance. 51. Lou Harrison and the American Gamelan. Part 9: EASTERN EUROPE. 52. Introduction to the Region. 53. Characteristics of Eastern European Folk Music. 54. Hungarian Folk Music. 55. Bulgarian Folk Music. 56. Russian Folk Music. Part 10: LATIN AMERICA. 57. Introduction to the Region. 58. Characteristics of Traditional Latin American Music. 59. Music in Mexico. 60. Music in Brazil. 61. Music in Andean Countries.