Last edited by skatinginbc; 04-24-2012 at 05:10 PM.
Oh, keep them. Just wanted to be sure. I've been known to get weird viruses. I had a Google virus that led me to auto ads.
Bulgarian! I was hunting for some to share, because I have Bulgarian friends. One that I can easily locate on YouTube is this song that accompanies video of the death of Leonidas from the movie The 300. I didn't see the movie, so I don't know if the song is actually in the movie, but it's riveting and heartbreaking and gorgeous, I think. My Bulgarian friend says that the particular vibrato deep in the throat is a specialty of Bulgarian women's singing. Notice that the lyrics are below the video.
(My first attempt at copying and pasting failed, and I pasted in part of an index I was working on this afternoon. Electronics are capricious.)
I'm busy as busy, but I can't wait to listen to all the treasures listed her.
One musical style that I haven't seen here is the singing of the Zulus:
Some of this group's songs are traditional, some are transcribed hymns. This is the group that sang with Paul Simon on the record that included The Boy in the Bubble & Graceland
I like them very much.
Here is part of Paul Simon's African Skies tour
The Boy in the Bubble
Yes, yes, yes! I love Zulu choral singing. Paul Simon is a wonderful world music collector, isn't he? He started all the way back in the 1960s, with "El Condor Pasa," that stirring Andean melody. By coincidence, I was planning to put an Andean video in for my next contribution. There are bunches of them on YouTube, but since this is a skating site, why not use "Missing"?
Any of you music scholars know why it is that Andean melodies and harmonies are so immediately accessible and congenial to Western ears? Is there a heavy component of Spanish influence, or is this the authentic original idiom of the region?
I found this link on Peruvian musical instruments.
I believe the panpipes & flutes, not to mention the ocarina style instrument are traditional while the stringed instruments were introduced at the time of the Spanish conquest.
Thanks, Doris. One of my favorite instruments is that huge pipe--don't know what it's called--that sounds as if the mountains themselves are breathing. There's a bit of them in the music used during "Missing."
The Missing I music is Dolencias & Sikuriades by the Inti-Illimani. The Missing II music is Atahualpa & Cacharpaya by the same group.
I don't think you can go wrong skating to that music.
Here's Sikuriades from the Flight of the Condor album
Here's another number by them
Hooray for Steeleye Span! Maddy Prior is one of the great folk voices. She's still in fine fettle vocally and has been releasing some fascinating concept albums about historical and legendary figures, such as Arthur the King. I hear she's done one from the point of view of Eleanor of Aquitaine, called Lionheart.
I think a lot of people assume that all the best British music is from the Celtic parts of the islands, but plain old English folk music (and I don't know its deep, past roots) is rich, varied, by turns haunting and merry--one of the world's great folk idioms. Composers like Ralph Vaughan Williams used folk elements in their music, very much the way Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky used the wonderful melodies and colorations of Russian folk music in their works.
BC, I don't know where that Bulgarian vibrato comes from, but it certainly sounds Asian, doesn't it? I'd be willing to bet that it was there from before their earliest migration to the Balkan area.
Doris, thanks for the names of the "Missing" songs. I have noticed Inti-Illimani before but hadn't tracked down those songs. Now that I know the titles, I can hunt them up in their original forms. I think Christopher Dean did a great job of blending them, didn't he? (Or whoever helped him with the music.)
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And this is the sequence of this traditional Andean music titled "Kusi-Kusi" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Pv85HRmqh0):
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It appears that the entire song is in an integrated harmony, namely, in the minor seventh chord.
Why is it so immediately accessible to everyone's ears? Well, fresh water is more universally welcomed than fine wine; vanilla ice cream sells better than the chocolate-flavored. Beethoven Symphony No.5 in C minor, 'Fate' Op.67 (1) is one of the most popular in all of classical music because its "simplicity"--I mean, the entire movement is based on a four-note motif: "short-short-short-long" (e.g., So So So Mi♭-).
The intrinsic simplicity in harmony is probably what makes Andean melodies easy to the ears.
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Thanks, BC! I will use your notations while listening.
To my far less musically educated mind, the thing that occurred to me was that Andean music seems to use that combination of major and relative minor which is simple and gorgeous (lots of early rock and roll songs had that, such as my beloved "Stand by Me"). By contrast, if you listen to, say, North American Indian music, it's more chant like, with no harmonic progression (please pardon my ignorant use of terminology), and that music doesn't do anything for me except in terms of engendering respect for the culture.
The very fact that there is harmony and that chords are used is different from most indigenous music, isn't it? That's something I wonder about.
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