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MORE ABOUT THE MUSIC

The music for Alanna and the Tree was specially composed by Sally Davies. It includes these music styles and instruments.

When you listen to the Alanna music, can you identify them? How do the sounds made by the instruments contrast with the natural sounds of the forest?



DANCE AND MUSIC STYLES

Tango Argentinian dance performed by couples at slow walking pace. Music is in simple duple time and with dotted rhythm
Samba Brazilian dance. In the modern form it has simple duple rhythm. (Urban samba, sometimes known as samba-carioca, is a type of tango.)
American Square Dancing Dance, with four couples facing inwards from four sides, to folk music in simple duple or quadruple time.
Waltz Dance in three-four time. Popular throughout Europe for the past two hundred years. Found in 'light' and 'serious' music and occasionally in jazz.
Jazz Derived from a melange of West African rhythms and European harmonies. Developed in North America. Usually syncopated and with a strong element of improvisation. Most influential music form of 20th century.
Rap Monotone comment and/or story-telling on top of rock or Caribbean rhythm.
Frevo

Fast moving carnival dance from North East Brazil.
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BRAZILIAN PERCUSSION

Berimbau A traditional Brazilian instrument with African origins. It resembles a large bow and arrow with a gourd attached to it and is played by striking the bow string with a small stick to create a drone-like sound and percussive effect.
Congas Drums played by hand.
Queko Drum-like instrument that makes a sound like a monkey!
Wood Block Claves Pair of wooden sticks, used as the 'heart beat' of Samba music.



MELODIC AND ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENTS

Violin (fiddle)
Flutes
Accordion (the small accordion or concertina is popular in several types of Brazilian music)
Trumpet
Electric guitar
Drum machine

OTHER PERCUSSION

Wooden football rattle    Used for sound effects.
Swanee whistles
Goat bells
Nut shell rattles


 


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