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This paper explores the lack of exposure and familiarity most Americans have with world music. Much of the paper is based on an article written by David Byrne about this idea. First, the paper defines world music. Then, it discusses the various reasons why Americans may not know about it. This includes a discussion about how the media determine what the public is exposed to. Next, it addresses the role of You Tube in making people less dependent on the media and being able to discover new forms of music themselves. The paper concludes by stating that it is impossible to predict what will become popular with American audiences, although it is possible that it could be music from a different culture.
From the Paper:"Bruno Nettle (2004) makes essentially the same argument but points more succinctly to the classics of Mozart by using the opera The Marriage of Figaro as an example of a work with deep roots in European heritage which unlike contemporary works is embraced by mainstream America. Almost all Western music enthusiasts are very familiar with Sir Paul McCartney, the former bass player and singer for the Beatles, whose portfolio of rock-n-roll hits serves as a testament to his talent and creative genius. But some years ago, McCartney felt compelled to venture across the divide between Western pop and European classical when he conducted a set with the London Symphony Orchestra. For a brief moment in time, the world held its breath in anticipation of what might result from this collaboration, perhaps even a new classical masterpiece; however, even though this collaboration drew a great deal of media attention, it did not create a mandate for McCartney to pursue his classical endeavors in any way that could be described as meeting consumer market demand."
"While Byrne and like-minded people argue that the media and its counterparts are not doing as much as they should to adequately expose world music..."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Byrne, David. (October 3, 1999) Crossing Music's Borders: 'I Hate World Music,' New York Times, pg. # col. #?
- Nettle, Bruno, ed. (2004). Excursions in World Music, Upper Saddle River, NJ, Prentice Hall.
- Slobin, M., Titon, J., and J. Todd, eds. (1992). Worlds of Music, Chapter I, The Music Culture as The Music Culture, New York, Schrimer.
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Popularity of World Music in the US (2012, May 15) Retrieved February 18, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/popularity-of-world-music-in-the-us-150980/
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