Listening log page 4

Klezmer Music hard copy of these pages in personal notes

Apple Music Playlist – hard copy of these in personal notes


I find this kind of music very tuneful and makes me feel like having a dance, I noticed that Benny Goodman was mentioned and I found some of his tracks to listen to just to see how it compared. To me, Klezmer Music has influenced a lot of swing and jazz music, I may be wrong but that is what I feel when I listen to it.  With Benny Goodman there is a clarinet and a trumpet with light strings playing alongside.  Lyrically the songs are light and airy and remind me of an Art Deco era and also the 1930s and 1940s.  The big band sound also springs to mind here.  I really like the influence on jazz that I feel the music has had.  Goodman was the son of Jewish immigrants too and this music is associated with the Jewish people.  Another gem of a number that I feel has been influenced by Klezmer  is the iconic Frank Sinatra track “Fly Me to the Moon”, the version I heard featured Count Baisie. I also believe that a lot of the great composers of the 20th century are influence by  Klezmer: Leonard Bernstein “Rhapsody in Blue”, the score for “West Side Story” and other songs George and Ira Gershwin Burt Baccharach There are many others that I could mention. All the above are iconic in their own right.  Musically without a lyric they are focused on rhythm and jazz. Modern composers should be influenced by a single instruments be it clarinet, flute or trumpet, strings included.  Storytelling through mere musical composition without a lyric,  that should influence anyone.

Other world music styles 

The following are listed with links and I have the pages saved in hard copy format in  my personal notes


Islamic music


Native American music

Latin American music

Chinese Music

African music

Japanese music

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