A) Orientation: Before describing the actual music, orient the reader with the general points regarding the performer, composer, time period, genre, nationality, type of recording or broadcast. Ethnomusicologists are agreed, however, that musical sound must ultimately be reduced to notation. Since then, Music on Main has developed a growing local, national, and international reputation as storytellers for a post-classical age. Founded in 1998, its mission is the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings.
The American musicologist and theorist Leonard Meyer, in his Emotion and Meaning in Music (1956), spoke of designative” and embodied” meanings; he recognized both kinds in music but appeared to give equal weight to the extrinsic and intrinsic. SHASS Communications extends warm thanks to the MIT Music faculty and students who have welcomed our colleague Jon Sachs into classrooms, rehearsals, and concert performances as we continue this photographic documentation of music at MIT.
Deryck Cooke, the British musicologist and the author of The Language of Music (1959), who may be classified as a referential expressionist, offered a sophisticated argument for the notion of music as language. Unencumbered by plastic form, music was mainly an oral tradition structured by religious and seasonal rituals, and disappearing into history as the last notes drifted through the air.
His account of the rise of Rastafarianism from the persecuted margins of Jamaican society to the center of roots music is one of the finest short histories of the movement available. Music is found in every known culture, past and present, varying widely between times and places.
Alongside the professional organizations there are also associations of amateurs and patrons of music. Music therapy assisted labor and delivery may also be included in this category since pregnancy is regarded as a normal part of women’s life cycles. Native American musicians made distinctive contributions to mainstream American forms of music in the late twentieth century.