Native Village Youth and Education News
February 1, 2009 Issue 194 Volume 4
American Indian Composers Go Classical
Mixing European classical with indigenous and folk music is nothing
new. Composers such as Antonin Dvorak and Bela Bartok drew from
European folk music. In 1935, Mexican composer Carlos Chavez wrote
his Sinfonia India, drawing on his country's indigenous music. In
the 1950s, Louis Ballard wrote for several genres of mucic which
incorporated his own Quapaw and Cherokee background. Ballard's work
gained acclaim, and he continued to compose until his death in 2007.
The American Composers Forum has started a First Nations Initiative, and some tribes have even funded education programs for young composers. The music is getting noticed both on and off the reservation by Indians who prefer country, hip-hop or heavy metal.
Robert Kaufman Fabrics:
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