Culture refers to systems of shared ideas, concepts and meanings that underlie and are expressed in the ways that people live. In the words of Geertz, “culture is the fabric of meaning in terms of which human beings interpret their experience and guide their action” (Geertz 1978). Although there are many similarities in the ways that human beings live, each culture has produced its own historical paradigms and codes. Given the same problems and resources, people from diverse cultural backgrounds have developed different ideas, languages, methods, tools and objects. Music is a good example of cultural richness. The possible combinations of sounds and rhythms have been explored by different cultures originating an incredible musical diversity. European medieval music, Indian lullabies, African songs, jazz, rock, bossa nova, and so on. There is no such thing as an international pattern that could possibly judge the musical quality of these various styles. Each one is the result of a sociohistorical situation, and has its own intrinsic value for each community.
Rejane Spitz (Brazil) Biography
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