Classical Music Vs. Contemporary Music

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By universal, they mean that music exists in every culture. However, the meanings and emotions attached to the music are interpreted differently depending on the listener. People will associate different meanings and feelings with a musical performance based on their cultural upbringing and life experience. When we categorize music, we use terms such as “classical,” “folk” or “popular” to distinguish different types of music. However, using labels is problematic because there can be stereotyping associated with the terms. For example, there is a notion that classical music is better than folk and popular music because it suggests a connection with European classical music. Folk music is considered lower in value, and popular music has the…show more content…
Each culture has its own customs and patterns, but I don’t think that there is one that should be considered “normative” over others. I grew up in a Vietnamese household, so some of my family’s customs are different from the average American family’s customs. I consider both cultures to be a part of my life, but neither takes precedence over the other. The four basic components of music are timbre, pitch, rhythm and dynamics. Out of the four, timbre is most helpful in identifying world music tradition. Each culture has unique media in its music, and the characteristic timbre of each medium allows us to identify the media used. Examples of aerophones include the saxophone, which is a reed instrument, the European flute, a type of flute, and the brass trumpet, a type of trumpet. The two basic types of chordophones are lutes and zithers. An example of a lute is a guitar, and examples of zithers are the piano and the Japanese koto. Idiophones are instruments that produce sound when they are plucked, struck, or shaken. Examples of idiophones include lamellophones (plucked), gongs (struck) and rattles (shaken). Membranophones are categorized by their shape, and examples are Goblet drums, kazoos, and the bongo. A pitch is the frequency level of a tone, while a tuning system is a set of commonly used pitches in a musical tradition. A scale is less encompassing than a tuning system; it is the set of pitches used in a performance. Multiple melodic lines that express
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