The Common Ground of Music This class reveals the Common Ground between traditional music and what most consider to be “classical music.” Through a guided listening experience and discussion, the class will explore how millennia of folk music have shaped centuries of music that the developed world considers to be the greatest, most profound ever composed. The story-telling, bardic traditions of several regions including Ireland, southern France, Turkey, and the Middle East will be shown to be the basis of opera. Folk dances will be shown as a key element of the Baroque suite and Classical symphony. Folk melodies and folk scales will be shown to be building blocks of the music of the Impressionists. The lives and works of renowned composers such as Corelli, Handel, Debussy, Ravel, Mozart, Puccini, Verdi and others will form the content of the class. Come to listen, discuss, and discover the Common Ground of music. This is a listening class intended to appeal to both non-musicians and musicians. No musical skill required.
The full PowerPoint that supports the lecture is below. The week-long class is divided into Monday -Friday segments to make the download as small as possible. Links within the PowerPoints tie to performances on YouTube that are recommended within the presentation. However, use the video file following the PowerPoint link to view the Friday link to Turkish bards performing songs from the medieval literary classic the epic of Koroghlu. This video is a segment of Michael Wood's documentary In Search of the Trojan War. The entire six-hour documentary is posted on YouTube and may be purchased through many retailers, including Amazon.