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Glenn Miller and the SwingBig Band Era
Glenn Miller and the SwingBig Band Era
Glenn Miller and the Swing/Big Band Era Glenn Miller led the most popular big band in the world during 1939-42 and the most beloved of all the swing-era orchestras. His big band played a wide variety of melodic music and had tremendous success in every area of music. He was with the group for two years, and put together an enjoyable and well-rounded show. Glenn Miller was a man who influenced bands greatly for years. Alton Glenn Miller was born on March 1, 1904 in Clarinda Iowa. His family had
Popular Music
Popular Music
Popular Music Popular music is: music that is enjoyed by the largest possible audience. It includes country music, folk music, rhythm and blues ( R & B), musical comedy, jazz, marches, rock n' roll, and ragtime. Popular music is primarily listened to by young people. In his book, Sound Effects, Simon Frith said that popular music has been about growing up, and that it has been like this since the beginning of the century.1 However, the popular music industry is based largely on the sale of re
A Portrait of Duke Ellington
A Portrait of Duke Ellington
A Portrait of Duke Ellington By Tracy Frech Duke Ellington is considered to be one of the greatest figures in the history of American music. Edward Kennedy Duke Ellington was born in Washington D.C. on April 29, 1899. His parents were James Edward and Daisy Kennedy Ellington. They raised Duke as an only child, until his sister, Ruth, was born when Duke was sixteen years old. Duke, even as a teenager, had a great talent for music. In the beginning of his musical life, Duke began to take a prom
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452 in Florence, Italy. Ever since birth he was in love with the study of science and art. Leonardo da Vinci did not only influence his culture with his art work, but with his numerous inventions and his study on the human body. Leonardo was a determined man who changed his culture by going against his society and following his dreams. By following his dreams he did what no man had ever done before. Leonardo introduced a new style of pa
Critical Analysis of Soldier's Home Before During and After the
Critical Analysis of Soldier's Home Before During and After the
Critical Analysis of Soldier's Home : Before, During, and After the War (with bibliography) Many of the titles of Ernest Hemingway's stories are ironic, and can be read on a number of levels; Soldier's Home is no exception. Our first impression, having read the title only, is that this story will be about a old soldier living out the remainder of his life in an institution where veterans go to die. We soon find out that the story has nothing to do with the elderly, or institutions; rather, it te
Hemingway Relates
Hemingway Relates
Hemingway Relates (Student 1) Enc 1102 Essay Two Ernest Hemingway uses his life as a setting in his short story,” Soldier’s Home”. Although this is not considered an autobiography, it certainly contains some relevance to Hemingway’s life and can be interpreted many ways. “Soldier’s Home” is a story about a young man, Harold Krebs, who returns home from World War 1 in a time in which the country was to return to “normalcy”. His relationship with his family increasingly deteriorates, he cannot ada
JOSQUIN DESPREZ
JOSQUIN DESPREZ
JOSQUIN DESPREZ 1440 - 1521 Desprez was considered one of the greatest composers in the history of Western music. Josquin Desprez was born in 1440. Desprez was born in an area ruled by a duke. It was named the Duchy of Burgundy in modern day Belgium. He lived mainly in Italy. Desprez died in 1521. Josquin Desprez did a lot of music work. He was involved with church work. Josquin was very religious. Desprez was employed in Milan. He was also a singer at the Papal Chapel in Rome. He was a music te
Review for Jazz History Midterm exam- October 2003
Review for Jazz History Midterm exam- October 2003
Review for Jazz History Midterm exam- October 2003 2 Forms of Jazz 1.) 12 Bar Blues= number of choruses 2.) 32 Bar AABA song four =32 3.) Ways Jazz is unique I. Jazz Sound Interpretation II. Improvisation III. Swing feel a.) constant tempo b.) cohesive group sound c.) rhythmic lilt d.) spirit Jazz is the blending of African European culture 1.) Field hollers- blending tones Ol Hannah - Doc Reese 2.) Work sons- emphasis on rhythm meter- Julina Johnson -Lead Belly 3.) Spiritual- Dry Bones - gospel
Franz Liszt Johannes Brahms
Franz Liszt Johannes Brahms
Franz Liszt Johannes Brahms Many composers have achieved greatness in the music world, but two in particular are very unique. Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms have stood the test of time as outstanding composers in many similar and different ways, in both their music and their lives. In each musician’s life, the music is not the only important aspect of his or her creation. Many composers and performers create music that is inspired by their lifestyles or past events, even the regions in which th
Steve Reichs Music for 18 Musicians
Steve Reichs Music for 18 Musicians
Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians Steve Reich is a leading pioneer of Minimalism. Though he creates such detailed work that could place him among the elite composers of his time, he expressed his struggles as an artist. One of his major works, which he believes to be one of his best, was Music for 18 Musicians. This piece was a landmark for Steve Reich because of its simplistic instrumentation, structure and colors produced. Many non-musicians as well as musicians enjoy listening to Music fo
Jazz And Classical Music
Jazz And Classical Music
Jazz And Classical Music Upon entering a modern record store, one is confronted with a wide variety of choices in recorded music. These choices not only include a multitude of artists, but also a wide diversity of music categories. These categories run the gamut from easy listening dance music to more complex art music. On the complex side of the scale are the categories known as Jazz and Classical music. Some of the most accomplished musicians of our time have devoted themselves to a lifelong
Among the influential composers of classical music there have been few
Among the influential composers of classical music there have been few
Among the influential composers of classical music, there have been few who have contributed so much in both talent, creativity, and style as Joseph Haydn and Ludwig Van Beethoven. Both extremely talented in the art of classical composition, Haydn and Beethoven placed their heart, soul and ingenuity in their music as is clearly illustrated in Haydn’s The Creation and Beethoven’s The Creatures of Prometheus. Both composers display sheer genius in their very effective ways of displaying complex th
Among the influential composers of classical music there have been few
Among the influential composers of classical music there have been few
Among the influential composers of classical music, there have been few who have contributed so much in both talent, creativity, and style as Joseph Haydn and Ludwig Van Beethoven. Both extremely talented in the art of classical composition, Haydn and Beethoven placed their heart, soul and ingenuity in their music as is clearly illustrated in Haydn’s The Creation and Beethoven’s The Creatures of Prometheus. Both composers display sheer genius in their very effective ways of displaying complex th
PAUL McCARTNEY SIX FEET UNDER
PAUL McCARTNEY SIX FEET UNDER
PAUL McCARTNEY, SIX FEET UNDER? I read the news today, oh boy, about a lucky man who made the grade...he blew his mind out in a car. He didn't notice that the lights had changed.(the Beatles, 1967) These lyrics proved to fans that Paul McCartney had indeed died in a tragic auto accident in late 1966. Some people were skeptical about the explanation, but upon investigating the album covers and the lyrics of the Beatles' songs, the story seems to make sense. Some of the lyrics have to be a twisted
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was one of the greatest composers the world has ever known; whose legend continues to grow more than two centuries after his death. A prodigy already in his early childhood, he was a successful musician during his whole lifetime - even when giving up his safe employment and working as a free-lance artist. 3720 of the 13097 days of his short life Mozart spent traveling, still most of his compositions originated in Salzburg, the town wher
The Romantic Era
The Romantic Era
The Romantic Era (1850 - 1920 C.E.) The Romantic era was a period of great change and emancipation. While the Classical era had strict laws of balance and restraint, the Romantic era moved away from that by allowing artistic freedom, experimentation, and creativity. The music of this time period was very expressive, and melody became the dominant feature. Composers even used this expressive means to display nationalism . This became a driving force in the late Romantic period, as composers used
Hal Aqua grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania Being one of the only
Hal Aqua grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania Being one of the only
Hal Aqua grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania. Being one of the only Jewish kids around, he was not really exposed to his own culture. Although his parents were both Jewish, he was unable to immerse himself in his religion. At age sixteen, deriving inspiration from The Beatles, who had just released the Sgt. Peppers album, as well as some other rock and folk bands, he picked up the guitar and learned to strum a few chords. Through the years, he learned to play from patient friends and from b
We kiss and the angels sing We Pg1 such was the power of the words of
We kiss and the angels sing We Pg1 such was the power of the words of
“We kiss and the angels sing….” (We. Pg.1) such was the power of the words of a man called Benny Goodman. In his career which spanned 50 years, Benny made an impact on the world of music unlike anyone else before him. He received titles such as “King of Swing” but had to share/dispute over “The best clarinet player in the world” with another musician. He was in sense a musician’s musician, a man who allowed music to rule his life and define who and what he was. “Benny” Goodman was born may 9th
Jazz And Classical Music
Jazz And Classical Music
Jazz And Classical Music Jazz and Classical Music Upon entering a modern record store, one is confronted with a wide variety of choices in recorded music. These choices not only include a multitude of artists, but also a wide diversity of music categories. These categories run the gamut from easy listening dance music to more complex art music. On the complex side of the scale are the categories known as Jazz and Classical music. Some of the most accomplished musicians of our time have devoted t
Louis Armstrong From Childhood To Adulthood
Louis Armstrong From Childhood To Adulthood
Louis Armstrong: From Childhood To Adulthood Louis Armstrong: From Childhood to Adulthood When you think of Louis Armstrong you probably think of a jolly middle-aged man who can play the cornet like no one else, a man who had it all, a man who had the good life. Well, Louis was not always that lucky. From childhood to his adulthood, Louis Armstrong changed much as a person and a musician. He worked very hard to become what he became and did not let anything get in the way of becoming a musician.
Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony Number Five
Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony Number Five
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony Number Five Ralph Vaughan Williams, descended from the famous Wedgwood and Darwin families, was born at Down Ampney, Gloucestershire in 1872. In 1890 he entered the Royal College of Music, and in 1892 he entered Trinity College, Cambridge. One of the greatest of the British composers, a prolific writer of music, folksong collector, and champion of British cultural heritage, he died aged 85 in 1958. His ashes are interred in Westminster Abbey alongside the nation'
Review of Gyorgi Ligeti's Danse Macarbei
Review of Gyorgi Ligeti's Danse Macarbei
Review of Gyorgi Ligeti's Danse Macarbei Aaron Warner This piece is a lesson in polytonality, dissonance, and complexity. The first thing heard is an imitation of a car horn that seems designed to grab hold of the listener. If I were inattentive before this piece, I certainly was wide awake when it was over. Ligeti seems to have sculpted a piece together from bits and pieces of other musical styles: a sort of modern-art approach to music. The violins tuning without a care in the first few moment
The Saxophone
The Saxophone
The Saxophone The Saxophone is probably one of the most popular instruments to date. there are 13 different types of saxophones, but only four are regularly used. This instrument has a sound all of its own, and today is manufactured by many different companies. The Saxophone continues to develop since its creation in 1836. Between the years of 1836- 1842, Adolphe Sax developed his saxophone. It took him until June 28, of 1846 to get a patent on his Saxophone. This was because of the Saxophone's
Instruments Of The Orchestra
Instruments Of The Orchestra
Instruments Of The Orchestra Instruments of the Orchestra Strings: The viola is an important member of the orchestra, but is not often heard by itself. Because it is bigger than the violin, with longer strings, it makes a rich, warm sound that is lower in pitch. In contrast to the viola the violin is the smallest member of the string family. Because its strings are the shortest, it produces the highest sound. The viola is a little heavier, and its shape is slightly different, too. But it is stil
Nicaragua
Nicaragua
Nicaragua The area of Nicaragua is 50,193 sq. mi. The Nicaraguan highlands, with a elevation about 2000 ft, cross Nicaragua from the northwest to the southeast. Several mountain ranges, the highest of which, the Cordillera Isabelia, reaches an elevation of more than 6890 ft, cut the highlands from east to west. In the west is a great basin, or depression, containing two lakes, Nicaragua, the largest in Central America, and Managua. The two are connected by the Tipitapa River. A chain of volcanoe
Beethoven Haydn and the Concept of Creation
Beethoven Haydn and the Concept of Creation
Beethoven, Haydn, and the Concept of Creation Among the influential composers of classical music, there have been few who have contributed so much in both talent, creativity, and style as Joseph Haydn and Ludwig Van Beethoven. Both extremely talented in the art of classical composition, Haydn and Beethoven placed their heart, soul and ingenuity in their music as is clearly illustrated in Haydn’s The Creation and Beethoven’s The Creatures of Prometheus. Both composers display sheer genius in thei
Comparison Between Piano Concert By Barbara Wieman And Sacramento Cham
Comparison Between Piano Concert By Barbara Wieman And Sacramento Cham
Comparison Between Piano Concert By Barbara Wieman And Sacramento Cham Comparison Between Piano Concert by Barbara Wieman and Sacramento Chamber Orchestra February 20, 1997 William Strang On Feb 20,1997, I attended a piano concert that was performed by Barbara Wieman. The performance was held at the American River College Music Department choir room. The choir room holds about 100 people and every seat was taken and students were seated on the floor. The audience was dressed casual as everyone w
America holds a rich artistic background expressively reflecting the
America holds a rich artistic background expressively reflecting the
America holds a rich artistic background, expressively reflecting the circumstances and times of their place. Of these creative endeavors, the most cultural and uniquely American musical tradition is that of the art of Jazz. Jazz musicians are able to express themselves musically and expressively by telling a story, idea, or feeling through the infusion of complex rhythm and musical interface, which often comes so effortlessly and naturally to these musicians. Their instrument provided a voice
Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead
Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead
Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead Jerome John Garcia was born in 1942, in San Francisco's Mission District. His father, a spanish immigrant named Jose Joe Garcia, had been a jazz clarinetist and Dixieland bandleader in the thirties, and he named his new son after his favorite Broadway composer, Jerome Kern. In the spring of 1948, while on a fishing trip, Garcia saw his father swept to his death by a California river. After his father's death, Garcia spent a few years living with his mother's
The History Of Jazz
The History Of Jazz
The History Of Jazz The first jazz was played in the early 20th century. The work chants and folk music of black Americans are among the sources of jazz, which reflects the rhythms and expressions of West African song. Ragtime, an Afro-American music that first appeared in the 1890s, was composed for the piano, and each rag is a composition with several themes. The leading ragtime composer was Scott Joplin. The first improvising jazz musician was the cornetist Buddy Bolden, leader of a band in N
The Renaissance Era
The Renaissance Era
The Renaissance Era Historical Events 1500 – 1600: DL: African Slaves are taken across the Atlantic to work on sugar plantations – 1510. ED : University of Valencia founded – 1500 RP : Ahmed ad Mansur leads Moroccans into a battle against the Songhai – 1500 VA : Nuts and Bolts are first used in Europe – 1550’s. M : William Shakespeare is born – 1564. PH : Elizabeth I begins her reign as Queen of England – 1588. ST : The First toilet is invented – 1589. LT: Sir Walter Raleigh born - 1552 PH : Pol
Introduction to Music Report 6
Introduction to Music Report 6
Introduction to Music – Report #6 Performance Information- Group #2 Date of Concert – Friday, November 20, 1998, 7:30p.m. Type of Concert – Soloist Concert Performer – Andrzej Grabiec, Violin Accompanied by the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra * Concert Programs were provided * List of Works Performed 1. Mazur from Halka – Stanislaw Moniuszko (1819-1872) 2. Violin Concerto in A Major, Op. 8 – Mieczyslaw Karlowicz (1876-1909) Allegro moderato Romanza. Andante Finale. Vivace assai Andrz
The Classical Period
The Classical Period
The Classical Period Getting it's name from art history, the classic period in music extends from 1740 to 1810 and includes the music of Haydn, Mozart, the first period of Beethoven, and Bach's sons. The classical period of music coordinated harmony, melody, rhythm, and orchestration more effectively then earlier periods of music. During the classical era the social function of music began to change from earlier aristocratic and religious connections toward more public and secular activities ass