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"Recursos Fandangueros" is a community-centric multimedia project that incorporates video, audio recordings and written text. The project can be found in its entirety at: http://recursosfandangueros.wordpress.com/.
Ricardo Viñes and Les Apaches
Ricardo Viñes (1875-1943), Catalan-French pianist, one of the great pianists of his time, forever linked with Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, and dozens of other composers of the early twentieth century. A remarkable craftsman at the piano, Viñes was blessed with musical prescience, an uncanny ability to bring new music to ...
Task-Based Variability in Children's Singing Accuracy
The purpose of this study was to explore task-based variability in children's singing accuracy performance. The research questions were: Does children's singing accuracy vary based on the nature of the singing assessment employed? Is there a hierarchy of difficulty and discrimination ability among singing assessment tasks? ...
Tonal Composition in Multidimensional Virtual Realms
The increasing prevalence of touchscreen mobile devices and multiplayer online worlds allows for a new theory of tonal composition in which voice-leading graphs are mapped onto the two- and three-dimensional physical spaces suggested by virtual realms. A single musical piece composed in this manner can be heard in countless ...
Beyond Verse and Chorus: Experimental Formal Structures in Post-Millennial Rock Music
Rock songs are generally considered formally simplistic, based around alternation of verse and chorus, the latter functioning as the song’s selling point—an easily identifiable advertisement for the song-as-commodity. However, many rock songs composed in the last ten to fifteen years are not structured in this way. Pieces ...
Feeling Zulian through Gaita: Singing Regional Identity in Maracaibo, Venezuela
This dissertation shows how gaita music articulates regional identity in Maracaibo, in the state of Zulia in Venezuela, based on analysis of lyrics and recordings, interviews, archival work, and participant observation at performance events. Since the 1960s, gaita has become a commercialized folk music that is popular throughout ...
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Trumpet Mouthpiece Backbores: An Investigation of Interior Volume and Timbre
In the trumpet playing community, the total interior volume of the trumpet mouthpiece backbore is generally thought to be a major component in the timbre a trumpet produces. Generally, a backbore with a larger interior volume is thought to sound darker and a backbore with a smaller interior volume is thought to sound brighter. ...
Elias Hecht and the Chamber Music Society of San Francisco: Pioneers of West Coast Chamber Music
Since 1950, scholarship has addressed the evolution of chamber music in America. This research makes a strong case for the positive correlation between the achievements of small ensembles and the broader American musical culture and performance practice. Chamber ensembles from East Coast music centers like Boston, New York, ...
History on their Shoulders: Music and Nation-Building in Iceland
Music making in Iceland has historically been considered a minor form of expressive culture. Compared with the academic and popular attention given to the nation's Viking-age settlement, epic medieval literature, and well-preserved language, music making in Iceland has been significantly understudied. One of the driving ...