FTX-787 - THE WORLD ENCOMPASSED - 8 CDs
- vol 7
This World Music Course introduced by Alan Lomax, the
leader of the team who put it together in the 1960s, was originally
titled "Cantometrics - the measure of song". As "Folk Song
Style and Culture" it was published by The American Assocation
for the Advancement of Science in 1968 and in 1976, the team
published the recorded samples from the Lomax field recordings
as well as others from outstanding international field collections,
and thus produced an ethno-musicology course with tests for
researchers and students. So now, "Music from around the World"
is available on 8 CDs together with a ninth forming a final
Graduation CD. Peter Kennedy used this course with his students
at Dartington College of Arts from 1972 and found it particularly
successful in all three: Art, Music and Theatre depts.
THE OVERALL ORCHESTRAL RHYTHM (13)
RUBATO - VOCAL AND ORCHESTRAL (26 & 27)
MELODIC FORM (16A) - Brief, simply-organised forms are
more characteristic of small settlements, while large, complex
forms are more typical of large settlements. The repetitious
litany form tends to occur in small settlements of gardeners
with domesticated animals. The big, through-composed forms
are most characteristic of permanent settlements with complex
productive systems, notably involving big irrigation works.
The strophe, which can be either long or short, is more frequent
where planned work schedules are essential - in cold latitudes
among hunter-fishers and plough agriculturalists.
THE NUMBER OF PHRASES (18) - Our very tentative findings
about melodic size are briefly the following: As a very general
rule, melodies of 8+ phrases seem to be most frequent in large
settlements, particularly if irrigation is practised, while
one or two phrase forms are most common in cultures with smaller
settlements - especially if they are dependent on hoe or digging
stick agriculture where productive labour consists largely
of simple chopping or digging movements. The middle-sized
strophic forms are commonest among the predators and plough
agriculturalists of the North, where productive success depends
more upon strategic and non-repetitive action by individuals
rather than upon the continuous rhythmic and often concerted
action of groups.