Additional Listening

Chapter 1

Further Listening

(Note: Beyond the specific items listed below, consult music reference works such as The Rough Guide to World Music by Simon Broughton et al. [London; New York: Rough Guides, 2006-] and Ethnomusicology: A Research Guide, by Jennifer Post [2nd ed., Routledge, 2011] for information on additional audio recordings. Use internet music providers such as Smithsonian Global Sound for chapter-related listening and see the Internet resources sections of this Online Learning Center).

Cage, John et al. 1994. 4’33”: Cage, Cage-Harrison, Varèse, Chavez, performed by the Amadinda Percussion Group. Hungaroton HCD 12991.

In addition to John Cage’s 1952 work 4’33” for any ensemble or number of players, the disc includes Ionisation by Edgar Varèse, and other pieces by contemporaries John Cage, Lou Harrison, and Carlos Chavez.

Cage, John. Music for Prepared Piano (Vol. 2), performed by Boris Berman. Naxos 8.559070.

In Cage’s prepared piano works, small objects are placed inside the piano to modify the sound of different notes. The piano is thus transformed into a kind of self-contained percussion ensemble. Indonesian gamelan music (see Chapter 7) was an important influence on Cage when he composed these works.

Gagaku: The Imperial Court Music of Japan. Lyrichord LYRCD 7126.

Originally recorded in 1980, this CD provides good examples of traditional gagaku music from Japan, including the piece “Etenraku,” the most widely played composition in the gagaku repertoire.

Gagaku & Beyond. Celestial Harmonies Tokyo Gakuso.

Tokyo Gakuso actively performs new compositions as well as long and rarely heard pieces from the classical repertoire. Performed by a full gagaku orchestra of up to 16 musicians and over 20 instruments, are organized to reflect the typical structure of the regular spring and autumn concerts given by the Palace musicians. Included are kangen performance and a bugaku performances.

The Music of Islam (Vol. 10): Qur’an Recitation, Istanbul, Turkey. Celestial Harmonies 13150-2.

CD devoted to Qur’anic recitation. Part of an excellent multi-volume recording series that includes recordings from Egypt, Qatar, Morocco, Tunisia, Yemen, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, and Indonesia.