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By John Szwed

The definitive biography of Alan Lomax-from John Szwed,"the most sensible track biographer within the business" (L.A. Weekly).

One of the main awesome figures of the 20th century, Alan Lomax was once top recognized for bringing mythical musicians like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Muddy Waters, Lead abdominal, and Burl Ives to the radio and introducing folks tune to a mass viewers. Now John Szwed, the acclaimed biographer of Miles Davis and solar Ra, provides the 1st biography of Lomax, a guy who used to be as influential as he used to be controversial-trailed for years by way of the FBI, criticized for his folks- song-collecting practices, denounced through a few as a purist and through others as a popularizer. This authoritative paintings finds how Lomax replaced now not simply the way in which every body within the nation heard song but in addition the best way they seen the US itself.

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Romantic-era composers explored the possibilities of chromaticism to charge their music with emotion. In contrast, music of the Baroque and Classical eras is largely diatonic, centering on a key note and its related harmonies. Other Scale Types The Western musical system is only one way to structure music. The musical languages of other cultures often divide the octave differently, producing different scale patterns. Among the most common is the pentatonic, or five-note, scale, used in some African, Asian, and Native American musics.

Not all musics of the world rely on harmony, but it is central to most Western styles. Harmony determines the relationships of intervals and chords. We know that an interval is the distance between any two tones. Intervals can occur successively or simultaneously. When three or more tones are sounded together, a chord is produced. Harmony describes the simultaneous sounding of notes to form chords and the progression from one chord to the next. Harmony therefore implies movement and progression.

WHAT TO LISTEN FOR: Melody One main melodic line; the range (highness and lowness) changes throughout Expression Changing tempos (pace) and dynamics (volume) to create drama Rhythm/ Meter Accented pulses (beats) grouped in slowmoving triple divisions (difficult to count) Performing Large choir and orchestra Forces Harmony Harsh, jarring combinations of sound; a single sustained low pitch Timbre Texture Interest focused on a single line with all parts moving together; then a new rhythmic idea appears under the tune A mixed choir of women and men’s voices with orchestra; frequent interjections by loud percussion (drums and metallic gongs) and brass (trumpets) Form Repetition is the main organizing feature, as other elements shift throughout Text Latin text in 3 verses; originally a medieval poem about fate and Fortuna, the Roman goddess of luck 5 6 PART 1 | Materials of Music SUMMARY: ATTENDING CONCERTS ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Consult websites, your local and college newspapers, the Music Department, and bulletin boards on campus to learn about upcoming concerts in your area.

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