Exploring Cross Cultural Exchange Through The Music Of The U.s. And China 's Musical Influence On Korea And

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The French romantic poet Victor Hugo once wrote: “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent.” In the modern world of globalization, music has long been a pivotal medium for cross-cultural exchange. Music is a complex and hermeneutical language that easily crosses cultural and linguistic boundaries. It is a true intangible form of art; a transformative art that can be improvised, improved, and developed. Due to its versatility, a culture can virtually absorb the musical styles of another through a process called transculturation. Throughout history, this acculturation has chiefly occurred due to political domination and trade network. In this essay, I will explore cross-cultural exchange through the examples of the emergence of Jazz music in the U.S. and China’s musical influence on Korea and Japan.
During the 20th century, many musicians realized the creative upside potential through cross-cultural exchange. With the help of intercultural musical encounters, composers enhanced their creativity by discovering new musical genres and interesting projects. This can be well illustrated by the example of Jazz. According to one of our lecture, Jazz is described as “American music developed especially from ragtime and blues and characterized by propulsive syncopated rhythms, polyphonic ensemble playing, varying degrees of improvisation, and often deliberate distortions of pitch and timbre.” Jazz is one genre of African American music…

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