Traditional Japanese Music There are several types of traditional, Japanese music (hogaku). Some of the most important ones are listed below: Gagaku: Ancient court music from China and Korea. It is the oldest type of Japanese, traditional music. Biwagaku: Music played with the Biwa, a kind of guitar with four strings.
Traditional Japanese Music - Koto - Virtual Culture The history of traditional music in Japan is rich and varied. Many musical forms were imported from China more than a thousand years ago, but over the years, they were reshaped into distinctively Japanese styles of expression. Instruments were adapted and newly created to meet local needs, and the most important of these were the shamisen, shakuhachi, and koto. The shamisen resembles a guitar; it has a long, thin neck and a small, rectangular body covered with skin. It's got three strings, and the pitch is adjusted using the tuning pegs on the head, just like a guitar or violin. The strings aren't plucked with the fingers; a large triangular plectrum is used to strike the strings.
Indonesia - Music Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world, with a 2010 population of more than 237 million people. Indonesians inhabit approximately 6,000 of the 17,500 islands in the archipelago. Indonesia is a modern nation-state of great cultural and ethnolinguistic diversity. Indonesian Music and Dance By Kallie Szczepanski Across Indonesia, but particularly on the islands of Java and Bali, gamelan is the most popular form of traditional music. A gamelan ensemble consists of a variety of metal percussion instruments, usually made of bronze or brass, including xylophones, drums and gongs.
A History of Klezmer Music The word "klezmer" comes from two Hebrew words that refer to musical instruments. Over time, they have come to signify the musicians and the type of music that these musicians play. It now refers to the musical genre that is a type of secular Jewish music with roots dating back as far as the 16th century. Yiddish Theater and Beyond In the 1870's, a man named Abraham Goldfaden founded the first Yiddish theater in Romania.
What is Klezmer Music? What is Klezmer Music?by Becky Weitzman Klezmer (klez´mær) n. 1 pl. klez´mor·im´ (-mæ reem´) a) [Historical] an itinerant musician who performed at Jewish weddings and holiday celebrations in Eastern Europe b) a musician who performs instrumental Jewish folk music derived from Eastern European folk songs, Hebrew melodies, etc. 2 this instrumental folk musicfrom Webster's NewWorld Dictionary When my non-Jewish friends ask me what is Klezmer, my typical answer is always, "You know - the music from Fiddler on the Roof. Italian Music History One of my friends recently completed a course in the History of italian music from the Accademia Europea de Firenze in Florence, Italy. I was amazed at the evolution of Italian music when she narrated to me the journey of medieval madrigals. As she revealed the structure of Italian music history which composed of the Origins of Melodarma, Monteverdi, Instrumental music of 17th and 18th century, Violin culture, Vivaldi, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Verista, Belcanto...(the list was never ending) I felt that even I should recount to you the story of this Great Italian culture. ¬Historians studying Italian music have traced the music of Italy to the music that prevailed in Ancient Rome and they have found roots of Italian music even before Christianity was legally recognised.
Overview of the Music of Argentina, Yesterday and Today By Tijana Ilich Argentina covers most of the southern half of South America, and is the home of both European and indigenous musical styles. Settled in the seventeenth century by the Spanish, other Europeans migrated over the next three centuries to make Argentina a true South American melting pot. It’s not surprising that Argentina’s music reflects a wealth of European and indigenous influences. History: Music of Africa Given the vastness of the continent, the traditional music of Africa is historically ancient, rich, and diverse, with the different regions and nations of Africa having distinct musical traditions. Traditional music in much of the continent is passed down orally (or aurally) and is not written. In Sub-Saharan African music traditions, it also frequently relies heavily on percussion instruments of every variety, including xylophones, drums, and tone-producing instruments such as the mbira or "thumb piano
The Real ArgentinaArgentina Wine, Travel, Culture & Food Daniel Neilson If tango is the soundtrack of Buenos Aires, then it is traditional folklórico that scores the rest of Argentina. And where the countryside collides with the city is at wine-sloshing musical shindigs called peñas. Peñas in Buenos Aires attract everyone from home-sick northerners from Salta and Jujuy, to city folk who don’t want to get their feet dirty, to students looking for a bit of culture mixed with a lot of fun. Each peña has a slightly different musical angle. The term folklórico is a catch-all term for a lot of traditional music that isn’t tango.
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