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 performed by couples at slow walking pace. Music is in simple duple time
and with dotted rhythm
dance. In the modern form it has simple duple rhythm. (Urban samba, sometimes
known as samba-carioca, is a type of tango.)
with four couples facing inwards from four sides, to folk music in simple duple
or quadruple time.
in three-four time. Popular throughout Europe for the past two hundred years.
Found in 'light' and 'serious' music and occasionally in jazz.
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.
comment and/or story-telling on top of rock or Caribbean rhythm.
moving carnival dance from North East Brazil.
about the Frevo >>
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.
played by hand.
instrument that makes a sound like a monkey!
of wooden sticks, used as the 'heart beat' of Samba music.
AND ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENTS
Accordion (the small accordion or concertina is popular in several types of Brazilian
Wooden football rattle Used for sound effects.
Nut shell rattles
and the tree
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