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Hello and welcome to Music Class!

 

My name is Miss Ferenz and I am so excited to meet all of you! We are going to be talking about all different kinds of music as well as the instruments and techniques that they require. We are going to travel through different decades of music from older, famous composers to music that was first performed just last year! I will be reaching out in the future about student interest in choir and band once we have all found our footing in the new school year. I cannot wait to get to know each and every one of you!

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me any time at ferenza@southharrison.k12.nj.us 

 

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One thing that I hold very near to my heart are my compositons of the month. There will be one musical, one instrumental, and one current song that I wanted to share with you; they will be posted hear and covered in class. They are posted below.

 

For the month of November, I found some interesting pieces to talk about!

 

Musical: Brigadoon (originally performed in 1947)

   Music and book written by: Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe

   Production: Billy Rose, Cheryl Crawford. choreography by Agnes de Mille

 

Interesting things about it: 

   About a Scottish village that vanishes from the world and only reappears once every one hundred years.

   Echoing calls heard in "The Chase" sequence strongly resemble called in Wber's 1821 opera "Der Freischütz" wolf's glen.

   Originally opened in 1947 and ran for 581 performances and has been revived many times.

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Instrumental: Native American Round Dance Music

   written by: Unknown

   

Interesting things about it:

   This song is performed with drums and voices.

    In the america's, there are hundreds of native communities, all with their own history, language, and musical culture.

   Native American Music is entirely melody and has no intended harmony or polyphony. 

 

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Popular music: We are Family 

   Written by: Sister Sledge/ Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers.

   

Interesting things about it:

   Released in April 1979   

   In 2017, the song was selected for preservation in the national recording registry in the library of congress for being "culturally, historically, and artistically significant."

   Billboard magazine named the song #20 on their list of 100 greatest girl group songs of all time.