Course Materials: Jeff Todd Titon et al. Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World’s Peoples, Shorter Version/3rd Edition. Belmont, Ca.: Schirmer,2009, ISBN: 978-0=495-57010-3 (includes 3 audio CDs).
The excerpt from “Sarasiruha“, CD 2:3, textbook pp. 201-207, gives a condensed idea of a typical performance. After listening (patiently!) to this beautiful music, how does it (or maybe a part of it) closely reflect the meaning of the text on page 206? Do you know of any music in American culture that celebrates learning?
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Different communities have their distinct music styles. The Indian music styles, for instance, have noticeable differences from those of western origin. This paper delineates on the Sarasiruha, an Indian music and examines whether music in America celebrates learning.
Sarasiruha is a song composed by Pulaiyur Doraisamy in the Nineteenth century. The song is addressed to the goddess of music and learning, Saraswati. Listening to the music enabled me to learn various aspects concerning the lyrics and the song itself. I found out that it exemplifies what Titon et al. (2009) describe in their book. The melodies of the song are not precisely noted, hence, taught orally. It has no definitive versions, a factor that contributes to the many versions. The song has five parts which include: tanan, alapana, kirti, tani, and kalpana svaras. At first instance of listening to the song, it appeared to have no patterns but when listened to closely, I noticed the above actually exist. Instruments accompany the song and my favorite part is kriti. The first section, also known as alapana, is a free flowing exposition, and also explores raga. The part has no regular beat. Another section- tanam, is highly rhythmic exposing raga and is as well associated with drome. Therefore, the song is reflective of the meaning of what Titon et al. (2009) describe.
A number of songs celebrate learning in U.S. One of them is ‘Birmingham Sunday’ performed by Joan Baez. The song recounts the bombing that took place on the African American Baptist church in Birmingham. The song, even though is emotional, it teaches the citizens to embrace one another regardless of one’s race. People are able to learn the importance of embracing one another after listening to the song.
Titon, J., et al. (2009). Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World’s Peoples, Shorter Version/3rd Edition. Belmont, Ca.: Schirmer, ISBN: 978-0=495-57010-3.
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