World Music Genres

In the twentieth century different forms of world music were developed. After the introduction of these genres by singular musicians or small circles of musicians there was a period of consolidation in the last century. With the beginning of the twenty-first century the world musicians can name and characterize their compositions.

If the musician wants to express a reference to a former period of music he can use the expression “neo“ to indicate that he presents an old form introducing new parameters. He can also create a new genre which only pretends to be an allusion of the old forms. The musician can use terms referring to a new form of a music genre which has already been established.

The genre can be specified by the arrangement which can be based on a saxophone or a synthesizer. In addition the genre can be defined by the structure of the music. It can be based on a certain form of music like the nuba, the sonata form or minimalist and processual forms.

If the musician wants to introduce a new genre he can define the characteristics of his compositions in a positive way.
Zahra M.M.A. Sadiq is a pioneer naming her genre “floating counterpoint”. The characterization of this genre which is complex is outlined in the blog post “floating counterpoint”. The elaborate musicological classification and characterization will be published in her new book which will be published in 2017.

Naming a genre according to a date, for example avant-garde, modernism, postmodernism, post postmodernism, defines the genre as well. The music can also be specified according to the location of its emergence or its effective radius or a combination of both.

Please browse this blog to find more information on the genre floating counterpoint.


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