Chapter 1
The Pleasure of Music
Music has the power to entertain, to amuse, to move,
and to inspire.
- What does the music we listen to say about us?
Voyager - Time Capsule to the Stars
• Launched in 1977
• 27 musical
collections from
multiple artists,
regions, and eras
* Recorded on phonographic records
Music on the Voyager
Queen of the Night from The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F, First Mvmt. By Johann Sebastian Bach
Pygmy girls’ initiation song from Zaire
Australian Aborigine songs
El Cascabel from Mexico
Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry
Tchakrulo from Georgian S.S.R.
Panpipes and drums from Peru
Melancholy Blues by Louis Armstrong
Fifth Symphony, First Movement by Ludwig van Beethoven
Indian raga, Jaat Kahan Ho
Dark was the Night by Blind Willie Johnson
Music and the Individual
• Everyone has their own likes and dislikes
including their music. Your preferences also
dictate what you find entertaining, including
what music you enjoy listening to.
Musical Connections to Childhood
• In most cultures, exposure to music begins early.
A-B-C song/Ba-Ba-Blacksheep/Twinkle, Twinkle
Ring Around the Rosey
• In Africa, children from Ghana learn a game
song called Kye Kye Kule. Pay attention to the
song’s FORM.
• form – the structure and design of a
composition, incorporating repetition,
contrast, unity, and variety
• call and response – a question-and-answer
pattern in which a group responds to a leader
Musical Preferences
•As we grow older, our
musical preferences
Family and Musical Identity
• Many times parents, siblings, and extended
family members influence musical identity and
• Songs we associate with family
*Patriarch of a
family with more
than 7 generations
of professional
*From the 1600s
*Specialized in
classical music
instrument: organ
Ellis – dad
*20th century family
*Specialized in Jazz
*2 generations of
professional musicians
Jason percussion
Branford saxophone
Delfayo –
Musical Dynasties
Compare and contrast the Bach and Marsalis families.
Tell why they are considered musical dynasties.
• 1600s
• Classical style
• More than 7 generations of
• Present day (20th century)
• Jazz
• 2 generations of musicians
•Compare (how alike): both families led by father
•Musical dynasties because they are the best, most influential of their genres
Global Reach of Music
• Music is sometimes called a universal language.
• Technological advances make it easy to access
and share music from different countries.
World Influences
• Angelique Kidjo – world musician from West
Africa; fuses West African traditions with
elements of American rhythm and blues, funk,
and jazz.
• Clave – a basic rhythmic pattern that
provides the foundation for the complex
rhythms played by multiple drums
• Beat – a steady recurring pulse
• Hambone – rhythm pattern, closely related to
the clave, that is used in early rock and roll
• Melody – intentionally organized succession
of musical tones
• Pitch – the highness or lowness of sound
determined by its frequency of vibration
Pachelbel’s Canon in D
• Canon – a musical form where parts enter at
different times but have the same melody
• Influences can be found in seemingly
unrelated music
• W.A. Mozart wrote Symphony No. 40

Chapter 1 The Pleasure of Music