Musical Composition

The Art of Rock and Roll by Charles Brown
The Art of Rock and Roll by Charles Brown
The Art of Rock and Roll by Charles Brown The book “The Art of Rock and Roll” by Charles T. Brown basically proposes methods for analyzing music and anyone who reads the books should be able to develop techniques for listening to music and making legitimate statements about it. It treats rock and roll as a serious art form and traces it cultural roots throughout the book. Chapter one discusses the elements of rock and makes four assumptions. Assumption one states that rock is a legitimate art fo
Report on the History of Rock and Roll
Report on the History of Rock and Roll
Report on the History of Rock and Roll Book Report: The Art of Rock and Roll The book “The Art of Rock and Roll” by Charles T. Brown basically proposes methods for analyzing music and anyone who reads the books should be able to develop techniques for listening to music and making legitimate statements about it. It treats rock and roll as a serious art form and traces it cultural roots throughout the book. Chapter one discusses the elements of rock and makes four assumptions. Assumption one stat
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 Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians
Steve Reich’s 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
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
Old Time Music
Old Time Music
Old Time Music Although musicians had been recording fiddle tunes (known as Old Time Music at that time) in the southern Appalachians for several years, It wasn\'t until August 1, 1927 in Bristol, Tennessee, that Country Music really began. There, on that day, Ralph Peer signed Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family to recording contracts for Victor Records. These two recording acts set the tone for those to follow - Rodgers with his unique singing style and the Carters with their extensive record
Influential Composers
Influential Composers
Influential Composers 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
Joseph Haydn and Ludwig Van Beethoven
Joseph Haydn and Ludwig Van Beethoven
Joseph Haydn and Ludwig Van Beethoven 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 e
Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix On November 27, 1942, Jimi Hendrix was born as John Allen Hendrix in Washington at Seattle General Hospital. His childhood was not a privileged one, however, he did indulge himself in one particular way: Jimi loved to play the guitar. At first he played an old acoustic, and later a cheap Silvertone electric, which were both strung for a lefty on a right-handed guitar, one of the defining Hendrix traits (Murray 34- 5) . As a teenager, young Jimi listened to the music which affected h
Jimi Hendrix: Reflections of the Man Through the D
Jimi Hendrix: Reflections of the Man Through the D
Jimi Hendrix: Reflections of the Man Through the Development of His Album Thomas Bowen UWC 4, Hampton November 4, 1996 On November 27, 1942, Jimi Hendrix was born as John Allen Hendrix in Washington at Seattle General Hospital. His childhood was not a privileged one, however, he did indulge himself in one particular way: Jimi loved to play the guitar. At first he played an old acoustic, and later a cheap Silvertone electric, which were both strung for a lefty on a right-handed guitar, one of the
American Composers
American Composers
American Composers Ch.12 Paul Whiteman(1890-1967)= a classically trained violinist and violist who adored jazz but lacked the gift to emulate the uninhibited improvisations of the jazz musicians he admired, formed a dance band in the early twenties that played jazzy arrangements of popular and even classical melodies. Blues = a black vocal folk music, began as vocal (largely instrumental). Classical blues = based on 3 lines of text. Wild wame don’t do the blues. Urban Blues = blues pieces writte
Beethoven, Haydn, and the Concept of Creation
Beethoven, Haydn, and the Concept of Creation
Beethoven, Haydn, and the Concept of Creation Ami Mukerjee [email protected] 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. B
American Music
American Music
American Music 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 pro
Mozart
Mozart
Mozart MOZART Mozart is perhaps the greatest musical genius who ever lived. Mozart \'s full name is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Most people called him Mozart or Wolfgang. Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria, January 27, 1756. Mozart is the greatest musical child prodigy who ever lived. He began composing minuets at the age of 5 and symphonies at age 9. His father took him on a series of concert tours together with his sister, Maria Anna; born four and one-half years before Mozart. She too, was a c
Porgy and Bess
Porgy and Bess
Porgy and Bess Porgy and Bess symbolizes the end of the black musical tradition that flourished in the early part of this century. The play showed the height of white appropriation of what had previously been a black cultural form. All the creative talent backstage was white. This development had been occurring slowly, throughout the 1920’s, but black artists had often worked in a variety of creative capacities. Porgy and Bess became a black musical in its most minimal sense, only as a defin
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington Duke Ellington By Frank Gray By the time of his passing, he was considered amongst the world’s greatest composers and musicians. The French government honored him with their highest award, the Legion of Honor, while the government of the United States bestowed upon him the highest civil honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He played for the royalty and for the common people and by the end of his fifty-year career, he had played over 20,000 performances worldwide. He was the D
George Frederick Handel
George Frederick Handel
George Frederick Handel George Frederick Handel was born on February 24, 1685 in Halle, Germany. One of the greatest composers of the late baroque period (1700-50) and, during his lifetime, perhaps the most internationally famous of all musicians. Handel was born February 24, 1685, in Halle, Germany, to a family of no musical distinction. His own musical talent, however, expressed itself so clearly that before his tenth birthday he began to receive, from a local organist, the only formal musical
A Portrait of Duke Ellington By Tracy Frech
A Portrait of Duke Ellington By Tracy Frech
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 promi
A Portrait Of Duke Ellington
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 lif
Bach
Bach
Bach James Dorney December 18, 1999 Music History 1 Mr. Kimball Johann Sebastian Bach A Great Contributor Of Music Throughout the history of music, many great composers, theorists, and instrumentalists have left indelible marks and influences that people today look back on to admire and aspire to. No exception to this idiom is Johann Sebastian Bach, whose impact on music was unforgettable to say the least. People today look back to his writings and works to both learn and admire. He truly can be
George Frederick Handel
George Frederick Handel
George Frederick Handel George Frederick Handel George Frederick Handel was born on February 24, 1685 in Halle, Germany. One of the greatest composers of the late baroque period (1700-50) and, during his lifetime, perhaps the most internationally famous of all musicians. Handel was born February 24, 1685, in Halle, Germany, to a family of no musical distinction. His own musical talent, however, expressed itself so clearly that before his tenth birthday he began to receive, from a local organist,
Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach Johann Sebastian Bach was one of the greatest composers in Western musical history. More than 1,000 of his compositions survive. Some examples are the Art of Fugue, Brandenburg Concerti, the Goldberg Variations for Harpsichord, the Mass in B- Minor, the motets, the Easter and Christmas oratorios, Toccata in F Major, French Suite No 5, Fugue in G Major, Fugue in G Minor ( The Great ), St. Matthew Passion, and Jesu Der Du Meine Seele. He came from a family of musicians. There
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN The composer of some of the most influential pieces of music ever written, Ludwig van Beethoven created a bridge between the 18th-century classical period and the new beginnings of Romanticism. His greatest breakthroughs in composition came in his instrumental work, including his symphonies. Unlike his predecessor Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, for whom writing music seemed to come easily, Beethoven always struggled to perfect his work. Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germa
A Portrait of Duke Ellington By Tracy Frech
A Portrait of Duke Ellington By Tracy Frech
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 promi
Pythagorean Philosophy and its influence on Musica
Pythagorean Philosophy and its influence on Musica
Pythagorean Philosophy and its influence on Musical Fundamentals of Musical Acoustics. New York: Dover Publications Ferrara, Lawrence (1991). Philosophy and the Analysis of Music. New York: Greenwood Press. Johnston, Ian (1989). Measured Tones. New York: IOP Publishing. Rowell, Lewis (1983). Thinking About Music. Amhurst: The University of Massachusetts Press. Music is the harmonization of opposites, the unification of disparate things, and the conciliation of warring elements...Music is the bas
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Johann Sebastian Bach was born in 1685 in the town of Thuringia, Germany where he was raised and spent most of his life. Due to a shortage of expenses, he was confined to a very limited geographical space, as was his career. This greatly affected his, in that his music was not as widley known as other composers of the time. On traveling he never went farther north than Hamburg or farther south than Carlsbad. To look back on the life of Bach many have
Adam De La Halle and Ars Antiqua Time Period
Adam De La Halle and Ars Antiqua Time Period
Adam De La Halle and Ars Antiqua Time Period Life Summary Adam de la Halle is often referred to as the greatest of the long succession of post Medieval musicians. He was a poet, musician and innovator of the earliest French theater. He became famous for his use of polyphony and his theatrical productions. Adam originally trained for the clergy (the people of the church). Marriage interfered with his musical career; but with the help of some noble benefactors he was able to pursue musical studies
Duke Ellington: An American Legacy
Duke Ellington: An American Legacy
Duke Ellington: An American Legacy Where would music be had it not been for the men that stepped before him. The Motzarts and Beethovens, who wrote the music that today is known as the classics. These men were naturals in their own right, but these people wrote their music in the 17th and 18th century. Many people don\'t realize all of the changes that music had to go through between that period of music and the present day. One such musician stands alone at the top as one of the movers and inno
Satie, Erik
Satie, Erik
Satie, Erik The French composer Erik Satie was born on May 17, 1866, and died on July 1, 1925, was the son of an English mother and a Parisian music publisher. He entered the Paris Conservatory in 1879 but failed to benefit from academic education, which he embarked on again only in his 40th year, when he enrolled as a pupil of Vincent d\'Indy and Albert Roussel at the Schola Cantorum. Long before that, however, he had composed a number of short piano pieces, whose eccentric titles and unfashion
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 life-long
Modern Music Composition
Modern Music Composition
Modern Music Composition Composition has been an ever-changing entity in our society. Music composition is also a very alternating subject of study. You have to keep up to date when you wish to compose a piece of music. This is strictly due to the progression of music in this day in age. If you fail to study, the music you are writing may, very well, upset the music community with old or potentially outdated material. The only way to stay up to date with composition is to listen to a lot of clas
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in January 27, 1756 in Salzburg, Austria. His Christian name was Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. His father Leopold Mozart educated him and was a violinist, author, and composer. He began composing minuets at the age of five. When Mozart was six, he was successful at the clavier, violin, and organ. Mozart started composing symphonies at nine years of age. In 1762 his father brought him to many concerts through Europe. Europeans ignored
Aaron Copland
Aaron Copland
Aaron Copland Aaron Warner Aaron Copland was the embodiment of what a composer can hope to become. Copland was very much in touch not only with himself and his feelings, but with the audience he intended to reach. Very few composers have a concrete idea of what types of people they wish their music to reach. Copland was one of these few. The Common Man was the central part of much of his volumes of music strived to reach. Copland felt that, . .everyone should have a chance to see things thr
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
Minstrels
Minstrels
Minstrels Minstrels, or traveling thespians, thrived throughout Europe in medieval times. The term minstrel referred to a professional entertainer of any kind from the 12th century to the 17th century. Minstrels were instrumentalist, but were also often jugglers, acrobats, and storytellers. Although minstrels no longer exist, they played an important role in medieval history and, at one time, could be found, in one form or another, throughout the entire continent of Europe. Different countries h
George Bizek
George Bizek
George Bizek Georges Bizet, who is best known for his opera, Carmen, has remained somewhat of a mystery as far as his musical education, social life, and personal life. He is not like so many other composers and musicians of the Romantic Period who led a highly publicized life like Hector Berlioz, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, or Johannes Brahms. He spent his short life devoted to music and he did not quite make it into the limelight like these other Romantic composers. The most believable explanati
Bach
Bach
Bach Johann Sebastian Bach A Great Contributor Of Music Throughout the history of music, many great composers, theorists, and instrumentalists have left indelible marks and influences that people today look back on to admire and aspire to. No exception to this idiom is Johann Sebastian Bach, whose impact on music was unforgettable to say the least. People today look back to his writings and works to both learn and admire. He truly can be considered a music history great. Bach, who came from a fa
Life Of Aaron Copland
Life Of Aaron Copland
Life Of Aaron Copland Book Reports: Copland: 1900 through 1942 and Copland: Since 1943 In their books: Copland: 1900 through 1942 and Copland: Since 1943, Aaron Copland and Vivian Perlis give a detailed account of the life of one of America’s most influential composers. The books are arranged similarly to the Shostakovich biography that our class reviewed earlier this semester. That is, through personal accounts by Copland himself along with accounts of Copland’s friends and acquaintances, the a
Ludwig Van Beethoven
Ludwig Van Beethoven
Ludwig Van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven was, and remains today, an Olympian figure in the history of classical music. His influence on the last 150 years of music is unequalled; while generaly a member of the Classicist fold, he was in fact the first Romantic, and pre-figured virtually all music that followed the Romantic era as well. Perhaps no other composer in history wrote music of such exhilarating power and expressiveness; certainly no other composer did so against greater odds. Beethove
The Doors Biography
The Doors Biography
The Doors Biography The Doors Biography From their beginnings during the summer of 1965 at Venice Beach, California, The Doors were a band of creative energy, with most of the focus on Jim Morrison. His looks and talents clearly tell why. Jim was well aware that the magic of The Doors could never have happened without the fortunate talents of John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison. Robby Krieger, for example, wrote lyrics and music that sounded a lot like Morrison\'s work, s
Jazz And Classical Music
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 o
The Hippie Movement That Arose From Vast Political
The Hippie Movement That Arose From Vast Political
The Hippie Movement That Arose From Vast Political Changes Massive black rebellions, constant strikes, gigantic anti-war demonstrations, draft resistance, Cuba, Vietnam, Algeria, a cultural revolution of seven hundred million Chinese, occupations, red power, the rising of women, disobedience and sabotage, communes & marijuana: amongst this chaos, there was a generation of youths looking to set their own standard - to fight against the establishment, which was oppressing them, and leave their mar
Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou Maya Angelou has dedicated her life to end prejudices faced by many black females in the 20th century. As an author, poet, and entertainer, she is known best for her strong portrayal of African-American women. Some of her most outstanding work is the series of autobiographies that she wrote telling about her childhood. Her work has contributed immensely to Americans everywhere. She has also broken many barriers for black women in writing, entertainment, and in film making. Maya Ange
The Life and Work of Anthony Burgess
The Life and Work of Anthony Burgess
The Life and Work of Anthony Burgess Autobiography: Story of one\'s life, written by oneself.(Halsey 64). Everyone knows what an autobiography is, but not so many people realize that although not all authors write a book that can be called a factual autobiography, many authors frequently allow personal, real life experiences to influence their fictional writings. An excellent example of such an author is Anthony Burgess. Anthony Burgess is recognized today as an English novelist, critic, essay
Anthony Burgess
Anthony Burgess
Anthony Burgess The Life and Work of Anthony Burgess Autobiography: Story of one\'s life, written by oneself.(Halsey 64). Everyone knows what an autobiography is, but not so many people realize that although not all authors write a book that can be called a factual autobiography, many authors frequently allow personal, real life experiences to influence their fictional writings. An excellent example of such an author is Anthony Burgess. Anthony Burgess is recognized today as an English novelis
Biography Of Mark Twain
Biography Of Mark Twain
Biography Of Mark Twain Samuel Clemens based his works on things that occurred throughout his personal life. He gained many interests and talents while on the Mississippi River that contributed to his writings. Samuel Clemens was born on November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri. He was two months premature. AT the time of his birth, Haley\'s comet was in the sky. Four years after Clemens was born, his family moved to Hannibal, Missouri. He grew up there on the Mississippi River. The river supporte
Art Notes
Art Notes
Art Notes Renaissance (1300-1500) § Dimensions of nature § Rebirth § Science - technology § Discoveries beyond Europe § Paint more naturally- using perspective /_ (triangle) § Illusion of space § Art was based on the visual world § Art was based on mathematical physics § Earth was no longer thought to be the centre of the Universe § Metallurgy and exploration of the world § Camera Obscura- image upside-down through light and an aid to painting § Mathematical theories can explain all human experi
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
Jazz
Jazz
Jazz May 3, 2004 Term paper Modernist world views The period of 1914 to 1945 so called “modern period” was an era of rich diversity in art styles, whatever the discipline was. Artists had loads of new ideas and were expressing themselves more than ever witch bought their art to higher levels. People were astonished to hear these musical arrangements and to see these lines, shapes and colours they were overwhelm and were still asking for more. It was a time of good prosperity for artists since th
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