20th-century vocal music (Edexcel AS 2011)
Background, analysis and listening questions based on Edexcel's 2011 20th-century Vocal Music set works.
The Vocal Music set works for 2011 include three songs from what might loosely be called the 20th-century popular tradition, but each song could also be seen as an example of indigenous folk music, representative of the society, culture and people of its region.
‘Summertime’ by George Gershwin comes from Porgy and Bess, which Gershwin himself described as a ‘folk opera’ – an opera about the lives of African-Americans set in the fictitious ‘Catfish Row’ in the deep south of 1920s USA. You Can Get It If You Really Want by Desmond Dekker and the Aces comes from the island of Jamaica, whose local musical tradition became global in the 1960s and 1970s.
And finally, Oasis’s anthem Don’t Look Back In Anger comes from the heights of Britpop, a 1990s phenomenon that celebrated British culture and took the country by storm.