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Article Summary   by:qinqinsun     Original Author: Sea
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It may seem strange that we’re discussing music from a Broadway
production in this class, "The Lion King" especially, since it’s based
on a popular Hollywood movie. I mean music preformed for Broadway
theater in the heart of New York city surely would seem to be in the
western tradition of popular music and not have much in common with the
music we have been studying in this course, such as gamelan music of
Indonesia, or Zulu chants of South Africa, music that developed outside
the western tradition of Europe and America. But in fact, musicians
have a long-standing tradition of borrowing front one another’s
cultures. And this production’s director intentionally included both
western and non-western music. That way, some of the rhythms,
instrument, and harmonies typical of non-western music contrast with
and complement popular music more familiar to audiences in North
America and Europe, music like rock, jazz or Broadway style show tunes.
So I want to spend the rest of this class and most of the next one on
the music from the show "The Lion King" as a way of summarizing some of
the technical distinctions between typical western music and the
non-western music that we’ve been studying. Now the African influence
on the music is clear. The story takes place in Africa. So the director
got a South African composer to write songs with a distinctly African
sound. And the songs even include words from African languages. But
we’ll get back to the African influence later. First let’s turn to the
music that was written for the shadow puppet scenes in "The Lion King",
music based on the Indonesian music used in the shadow puppet theater
of that region
Published: August 23, 2007   
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