Middle Eastern Music Analysis: Sands Of Arabia

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To listen to a piece of music does not necessarily mean that you have understood the ideas and/or emotions musicians and composers are trying to convey. Through this class, you have not only taught me how to describe music, and Its effects but how our own individual experiences influence how we interpret, and react to music. When first I began taking music classes in high school, I was not taught how to listen to music correctly and how to describe how it affected me. I would often find myself zoning out and struggling with describing what the music sounded like, and I would never pay attention to how it made me feel. Now, I can stay that I am more aware of what I am listening to and how it affects me. I would have to say the main causes of …show more content…
The piece was entitled “Sands of Arabia.” It had an Egyptian- sounding melody with completely different rhythm being played from the Percussion section. It had very strong beats with legato phrases from the string instruments. The more I listen, I am reminded of snake charming music. Then by the end of the first minute, the melody completely changes.There are hard drum hits which lead to a call started drums to the strings. In which the strings respond with rapid phrases. The song ends with a ritardando and each section exiting until the drums and bells gradually soften, and it is quiet.The music naturally has a sweeping fluctuation to it. The rhythmic quality makes me feel like I should be dancing. I am inclined to move strongly and harshly to match the music. It has almost a primal feel to it. Overall, I felt very connected to the piece. I felt my heart race along with the drum hits which I really loved. This was my favorite piece out of the …show more content…
I loved all the responses from the class. They had very different views which I couldn’t quite imagine. Not to mention, how we were able to be exposed to different aspects of music. It brought more life to the class. All the sections were great but, my least favorite was the time chart. I really struggled with time. I would zone out most of the time which in turn caused me to repeat the song over, and over, and over again. I kinda got a headache from listening to songs 20 times or more. And there were times where I couldn’t figure out what instruments were being played so I would just guess. But most of all, I hated how there were various effects that were happening but I couldn’t explain them clearly enough. Mainly, because I struggle with expressing things. But overall, it wasn’t that bad. This class was one of the class, I genuinely looked forward to. I loved 99 percent of the music I was exposed. My main complaint would be that I felt that everything was very rushed.The instrument project was very short for my taste. I also wished that you gave more explanations on what you were looking for when it came to the quality of the work. The workload in theory wasn’t much, but it was challenging to analyse music when I had no idea how to start or what you wanted. It was horrible to just sit in front of a computer and have writers block for hours. After you began to explain what was acceptable and what was not I got better at finding the right words.

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