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Welcome to World Orch wiki. This wiki is for students and teachers in orchestra to share information about the cultural background of a piece that they have studied in their school orchestra. We are trying to answer five questions for each piece:


  1. What cultural and historical facts to do we know about the song?
  2. What is the song like when sounded by traditional instruments/voices?
  3. How is the song taught traditionally?
  4. How does the song live today for the people of and from the culture of the song's origin?
    1. How does song live today in the country of song's origin?
    2. For people and families in our community who are from the country of the song's origin, what does the song mean to them?
  5. How we can we play the song in a way that illustrates what we’ve learned about how to reflect and respect the culture of the people who own the song and think it important?


As part of your answer to the questions, feel free to add audio files, video files, and links to other sites for your piece. This will summarize what you've learned and help other students from around the world come to know your piece and your culture.


Something to Keep in Mind: "I have never heard a horse sing."

WorldOrch has lists of pieces composed or arranged for orchestra. Therefore, most represent or reflect Euro-American culture because orchestra is of European origin. But because students from all arond the world  use this wiki, it is important to recogize that even Euro-American culture is "world music"--especially for students who are born into or living in that culture. Having this viewpoint is the same as when students in the United States  think of a song or piece from Cambodia arranged for orchestra as a "folk song" or as a piece of "world music."


In class, discuss the statement attributed to the famous musician Louis Armstrong. What did he mean when he said, "All music is folk music. I've never heard a horse sing"?


Two Lists of Pieces


List of pieces from the book, Teaching Music Through Performance in Orchestra, vols. 1-3 (TMPO)


The page, TMPO Pieces, contains all the pieces that are included in the three volumes of TMP0 (2001, 2003, 2007. Chicago: GIA Publications). These pieces have been identified by the authors as pieces worthy of study by students in school orchestras. However, many of them are familiar pieces of orchestral repertoire so that there is no real need for a page of resources on this wiki. (Take note UIUC students considering creating a page on this wiki as a course assignment.)


List of other pieces

The second list, New Pieces. is where you can record information on a piece that is not in Teaching Music Through Performance in Orchestra.


Resource Pages


Sample Entry:  "Arirang" arranged for string orchestra by Michael Story

I have prepared a sample page for you. Like all pages, it is "still under development." But you can take a look at the page about the Korean folk song, "Arirang" arranged for string orchestra by Michael Story.


Blank Page

You can use this Blank Form and edit for your piece. Then be sure to save it, not as "blank page" but with the name of your piece. Another way to add a new page is to select "New Page" and use the template, "Group Project" provided by PBWiki.


How to use the Word Music Authenticity Score

Here is a description of the World Music Authencity Score and how to use it.


Do you need permission to contribute? Yes, here’s how to get it.

I could not figure out how to let others contribute without allowing all sort of spams into the site. So if you are interested in contributing, please email me and I will add you as a contributor. My email is: bergonzi@illinois.edu.


Thanks for adding to our knowledge.

Louis Bergonzi, Wiki Host


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