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Element of Music for Discussion : Timbre and Genre

TASK:

Answer the following questions:

  1. What kinds of texture did you hear in these concerts? Please pick a song to discuss this topic in your group?
  2. What kinds of instruments did you hear? How would you describe their timbre?
  3. How did story telling or text painting connect with these performances?
  4. What was your favorite genre of music from these concerts?
  5. How does music help us understand the history or cultural identity of the composer/performers?

Answer

What kinds of texture did you hear in these concerts? Please pick a song to discuss this topic in your group?

In the performance of  Manhu for World Folk Music, Heterophonic  texture has been heard along with polyphony. The song Ashima performed by Manhu has heterophonic texture but as heard in the concert it also indicated polyphonic texture in the harmony of the instrumental acoustic. 


What kinds of instruments did you hear? How would you describe their timbre?

In the concert of  Manhu, we heard hulusheng which is a mouth organ and the leaf which is used as the reed. They mainly used string instruments and flute instruments. Their timbre can be defined as harmonically synchronized and instrumental (Siedenburg, Fujinaga & McAdams, 2016).

 

How did story telling or text painting connect with these performances?

In the performance of the MusiCollage concert whichy featured soloists and ensembles use of lyrics was predominant but in the performance of Manhu the music through their harmony and minute shift in tone and textures helped the musical piece to connect with story telling.


What was your favorite genre of music from these concerts?

Folk music presented by Manhu has been our favorite genre of music. Folk music along with the country elements has proved to be soothing for the ears and the soul.


How does music help us understand the history or cultural identity of the composer/performers?

Music evidently helps in understanding the cultural attributes of a composer or a performer. It is more prominent in folk and country music as it primarily depicts the story of the people and also possesses a choric quality (Peterson, 2013). For example in the performance it is important to notice the use of musical instruments. The instruments that he has used are not well known in the international stage but these instruments depict his cultural affinity as these are traditional instruments used variedly in his country.

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