Sounds of Masculinity

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Billy Drummond in 2008 (Wikipedia Commons)

The concept of masculinity is purely sociological and unconscious. Its meaning has evolved over the centuries and varies from one culture to the next. In Somalia for example, men customarily hold hands; in other cultures men greet one another with a kiss.

Over the past week, Terrance McKnight asked friends and colleagues about their definition of masculinity. Some of the descriptions included "strength," "magnanimous" and "noble." In this show he pairs characteristics of masculinity with music and musical personalities.

There are sounds that represent the nature of a man. And there are instruments used to express it, some stereotypical and others that fall beneath the radar. 

We'd like to hear from you: How do you define masculinity and how do you find it represented in music?

 

Playlist:

Franz Schubert: L’incanto degli occhi D902 (No. 1, Second Version)

Gerald Finley, Bass Baritone; Graham Johnson, Piano

Hyperion

L'incanto degli occhi D902

 

Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 in C-Sharp Minor

Vladimir Horowitz, piano

RCA

 

Hungarian Rhapsody

 

Frederick Felbel/James Molloy : The Kerry Dance

Art Tatum: Piano

CBS/Sony

The Kerry Dance

 

George Frederick Handel: Solomon: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Robin Hill, guitar: Peter Wiltschinsky, guitar

Teldec

Solomon:Arrival of the Queens of Sheba

 

Traditional: Princess Wen-Cheng

Vjam-dbyangs mtsho-mo vocals

Wind Music

 

Claude Debussy-King Lear (Le Roi Rear):incidental music

BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra; Tadaaki Otaka, conductor

 

Ying Zhang; The Woodman’s Song

Zio Chagfu,erhu; Sun Guisheng, xiao;Gao Hong, pipa; Lei Mengfan, zheng; Zhao Taisheng, daruan;

New World

The Woodman's Song

 

Franz Schubert: Gesange des Harfners No. 2 in in G Op 12 D 479 (An Die Turen will ich schleichen)

Matthias Goerne, bass-baritone; Andreas Haefliger, piano;

London/Decca

Gesange des Harfners

 

Phillip Glass: Concerto for Saxophone Quartet

Racscher Saxophone Quartet

Orange Mountain Music

Concerto for Saxophone Quartet

 

Frederic Chopin- Prelude No. 16 in B-flat Op 28

Demetri Alexeev, piano

Angel/EMI

Prelude No. 16

 

Frederic Chopin: Prelude No. 4 in E Minor, Op 28/4

Jean-Yves Thibauduet, piano

London

Prelude No. 4

 

Terry Riley: The Cusp of Magic: Prayer Circle

Kronos Quartet; Wu man, pipa

Nonesuch

The Cusp of Magic

Paul Schoenfield: Three Country Fiddle Pieces, for Electric Violin, Percussion and Amplified Piano

William Terwilliger, violin; Andre Cooperstock, piano; Matthew Bassett, percussion

Azica Records

3 Fiddle Pieces

 

Charles Ives: String Quartet no.1 , “From The Salvation Army”

Emerson String Quartet

Deutshe Grammophon

String Quartet No. 1

 

Claude Debussy / Jacques Loussier; Preludes : Book I: “La Cathedrale Engloutie” (The Sunken  Cathedral)

Jacques Loussier Trio

Telarc

The Sunken Cathedral

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