What’s New in MITA – May 2019

Ivan and Zvetanka Varimezov show us the goatskin bagpipes and Bulgarian folk singing in an original video from MITA’s new chapter on Bulgarian folk music.
Ivan and Zvetanka Varimezov show us the goatskin bagpipes and Bulgarian folk singing in an original video from MITA’s new chapter on Bulgarian folk music.

In this major upgrade, MITA adds to its central repertoire while delving more deeply into the roots of American popular music. We also explore more progressive jazz and the central contributions today of women composers and conductors—all rounded out by sparkling performances of seven Bulgarian traditional songs, explained and led by two of its major practitioners with the UCLA Balkan Ensemble. Future updates will strengthen and expand these areas even further.

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A world-class recording of the work available from within An Eventful Story itself
A prose Listening Guide that synchronizes to the same great recording and explains what you’re hearing at any given time
An annotated Interactive Score that that follows along as a world-class recording plays (no midi!)
A curated web link to a quality, reliable YouTube video of a performance of the work
An exclusive video performance available within MITA itself

Chapter 3 (Secular Music at Court)

Gilles Binchois or Guillaume Dufay: rondeau, “Je ne vis onques la pareille”

Chapter 12 (Beethoven: Heroism & Contemplation)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67, movement 1

Chapter 21 (The Twilight of Romanticism)

Amy Beach: Symphony in E Minor (“Gaelic,” movements 1, 2 & 3)

Chapter 24 (America: Tragedy & the Coming of Age)

Anthony Philip Heinrich: The War of the Elements and the Thundering of Niagara: Capriccio Grande
Stephen Foster: “I Dream of Jeanie with the Long Brown Hair;” “Beautiful Dreamer”
Alabama Minstrels: “Down in Mobile Long Ago”
Louis Moreau Gottschalk: “The Banjo”
Charles Harris: “After the Ball”
Arthur Lamb / Harry von Tilzer: “A Bird in a Gilded Cage”
Leo Ornstein: “Danse Sauvage;” “Suicide in an Airplane”
Henry Cowell: The Tides of Manaunaun; The Banshee

Chapter 25 (Jazz: A Uniquely American Music)

Gertrude “Ma” Rainey: “Barrelhouse Blues;” “Prove It on Me Blues”

Chapter 27 (Late Modernism: Émigrés & the Americas)

Silvestre Revueltas: Sensemaya

Chapter 28 (Manifestations of Populism)

Gilbert and Sullivan: “Major General’s Song” from H.M.S. Pinafore
Victor Herbert: “Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life” from Naughty Marietta
John Lomax: “Sweet Betsy from Pike” (performed by Johnny Cash); “Git Along Little Dogies” from West of the Badlands
Lead Belly: “Irene, Goodnight Irene” and “Cotton Fields”
Cole Porter: “In the Still of the Night” from Rosalie; “So In Love” from Kiss Me Kate
Kern and Hammerstein: “Old Man River” from Show Boat

Chapter 30 – Jazz: Bebop and Beyond

Charlie Parker: “Bloomdido”
Thelonious Monk: “Round Midnight”
Miles Davis: Kind of Blue
Ornette Coleman: “Lonely Woman” and “School Work”
Keith Jarret: The Köln Album

Chapter 32 – Popular Music & the Media Explosion

Muddy Waters: “Got My Mojo Workin’”
Bill Haley: “Rock Around the Clock”
Chuck Berry: “Maybellene;” “Roll Over, Beethoven”
Fats Domino: “Blueberry Hill”
The Carter Family: “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?”
Elvis Presley: “That’s Alright (Mama);” “Blue Moon Over Kentucky;” “Don’t Be Cruel;” “Jailhouse Rock”
Buddy Holly: “Peggy Sue”

Chapter 33 – The Counterculture

Pete Seeger: “Down By The Riverside”
The Beatles: “Twist and Shout;” “I Want to Hold Your Hand;” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band;” “Fixing a Hole;” “She’s Leaving Home”

Chapter 34 – After Peace & Love

Iron Maiden: “The Trooper”
Van Halen: “Runnin’ with the Devil”
The Ramones: “Blitzkrieg Bop”

Chapter 37 – After Minimalism

Joan Tower: Sequoia; Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman

Chapter 38 – Everything Is Everywhere

Julia Wolfe: Cruel Sister; Reeling; Anthracite Fields
Missy Mazzoli: These Worlds In Us

Chapter 41 – Bulgarian Folk Music (Traditional Folk Songs in Arrangements)

“Mori Moma Bega Prez Livade”
“Prochu Se Moma Nedelja”
“Zakukala Kukavitsa”
“Sanuva Li Nedo”
“Snoshti Go Vidoh”

New Glossary Terms

  • banjo
  • beats per minute (bpm)
  • calabash
  • cantometrics
  • chord substitution
  • cutting contest
  • gamelan
  • honky-tonk piano
  • ideology
  • imperialism
  • kora
  • stride piano
  • tuning pin

Learn More

Find a complete list of MITA’s repertoire, old and new, here. The most up-to-date and interactive list will always be in MITA itself, so we encourage you to request complimentary, 15-day instructor access to the full program.


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