|Popular European and American dance
rhythms of the 19th century.
Most of our current American music is in 2/4 time,
quite easily understood. To some degree we hear
a bit of 3/4 time waltz rhythm now and then, but the
dances of our forebears often went beyond the
Presenting with music and a demonstration of
dance steps, Tim can show some of the many
variations of both duple and triple time in traditional
music from Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Norway,
Germany, France, as well as home-grown in
There will be among others, the various forms of jig,
the strathspey, the reel, the hornpipe, the
schottische, the polska, the springar and gangar,
and several different kinds of waltz.
|The intersection of classical and folk music.
Tim is not a classical musician himself, but recognizes the
two-way street connecting folk music with classical music.
He will show the difference between violin and fiddle
techniques, and help demonstrate the bond between the
"trained" and "untrained" virtuoso.
He will also play folk tunes from various countries that
show strong classical influence.
|Swedish folk music: a lesson in musical dialects
in small regions.
Sweden is a relatively sparsely populated country, with
a population the size of Los Angeles spread over an
area the size of California. Its old provincial
boundaries are remarkably cultural boundaries, also,
and this is exemplified in the traditional music of the
Tim will play tunes from many different areas in
Sweden, showing the similarities and differences in
styles and melodies from place to place.
Wonderfully rich melodies - from wedding marches to
dance tunes - will keep any group enraptured.
|Music recording: preserver or destroyer of real
What is real music? Just the sound of various
instruments and voices moving around in different rhythms
and pitch? Or is real music something that comes from
within a musician and goes directly to a listener?
Using many musical examples, Tim explores how the
world's musical audience has changed its attitudes
towards music as a whole as a result of the recording and
No conclusion is drawn, but there is much food for thought,
considering how the musicians and listeners of the ages
before the phonograph compare with the musicians and
listeners of today.
|A sampling of concert/lectures appropriate
for college level or general audiences