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  • The Life And Works Of Frederick Chopin - 1,154 words
    ... lt to learn, and their musical form and content puzzled contemporary musicians. It is a measure of Chopin's stature that publishers not only printed these pieces but also paid substantial sums for them, even though they were unlikely to reap an immediate profit. Chopin's music sold so well that publishers were obliged to reprint his works frequently in order to keep up with demand. Most of these reissues used the plates from the first editions; and since printed scores of this period almost never bore publication dates, later printings are often distinguished only by changes on the title pages, such as the price or the publisher's address. However, there are frequently alterations in the ...
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  • Jimi Hendrix - 1,690 words
    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 his music so greatly later: everyone from Buddy Holly to Muddy Waters and through Chuck Berry way back to Eddie Cochrane (Wilmer 38). He played in a few bands in high school, but then dropped out before his senior ...
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  • Piano Sonata In The Classical Era - 1,677 words
    The Piano Sonata in the Classical Period The piano sonata was an important part of music during the Classical period . It characterizes the Classical era's new trend of musical form. Originally, the sonata was made up of several dance movements, but then in the Classical era, it changed to a fast-slow movement style, each of the movements being composed in one of the forms popular during the Classical period. These consisted of sonata-allegro, ternary, rondo, and theme and variations. Down through history many things characteristic of the sonata have remained the same: "most sonatas have been instrumental music, without voice parts, absolute music without program; concert or divisional music ...
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  • None Provided - 726 words
    Arnold Schoenberg was born on September 13, 1874, to a Jewish family in Vienna. He taught himself composition, with help in counterpoint from the Austrian composer Alexander Zemlinsky, and in 1899 produced his first major work, the tone poem Verklrte Nacht (Transfigured Night) for string sextet. In 1901 he married Zemlinsky's sister Mathilde, with whom he had two children. The couple moved to Berlin, where for two years Schoenberg earned a living by orchestrating operettas and directing a cabaret orchestra. In 1903 Schoenberg returned to Vienna to teach. There he met his most successful students, the Austrian composers Anton Webern and Alban Berg, who became his close friends. In his composi ...
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  • The Three Most Influencial Bands Of The 60s - 1,988 words
    The 1960s are said to be the most prolific decade in all of music. Many bands of this decade have proven to have enormous effects on music, as we know it. Jimi Hendrix is said to be the greatest rock and roll guitarist of all time. The greats, like Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana, have all said that he truly made the guitar speak and transformed it into an art. The Doors were true innovators and turned rock into an art form, by skillfully blending rock and poetry. No one can deny that they were revolutionaries who set the standard for rock being a defiant type of music, but with meaning in its lyrics. It is impossible to talk about musical influence and not speak of The Beatles. No other ban ...
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  • Jimi Hendrix - 584 words
    Born James Marshall Hendrix, on November 27, 1942, in Seattle, Washington. Often called the greatest guitarist of all time, Hendrix pioneered the explosive popularity of the electric guitar. Hendrix's unique style of combining fuzz, feedback and controlled distortion created a new musical form Hendrixs legacy grew far beyond the wide popularity he achieved during his short career. He taught himself to play guitar as an adolescent, learning from the albums of bluesmen like Muddy Waters and B.B. King and rock musicians such as Chuck Berry. In 1961 Hendrix moved to New York City and began playingunder the stage name Jimmy Jamesas a side guitarist for prominent rock acts, including Ike & Tina Tu ...
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  • Rap Cenorship - 4,953 words
    Our society today largely views censorship as a method that has disappeared from liberal cultures since the enlightenment with the exception of restrictions in time of war. The enlightenment served to cripple the intolerance of incisive religious and government leaders, but did not obliterate censorship altogether. Instead, the job of expurgating unacceptable ideas has simply fallen into new hands using new tactics. Censors now assume the guise of capitalist retailers and distributors, special-interest groups, and less influential but still passionate religious and government authorities. Their new techniques are market-censorship (dominating the marketplace), constituitive censorship (the c ...
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  • The Beatles - 489 words
    The English ROCK MUSIC group The Beatles gave the 1960s its characteristic musical flavor and had a profound influence on the course of popular music, equaled by few performers. The guitarists John Winston Lennon, b. Oct. 9, 1940; James Paul McCartney, b. June 18, 1942; and George Harrison, b. Feb. 25, 1943; and the drummer Ringo Starr, b. Richard Starkey, July 7, 1940, were all born and raised in Liverpool. Lennon and McCartney had played together in a group called The Quarrymen. With Harrison, they formed their own group, The Silver Beatles, in 1959, and Starr joined them in 1962. As The Beatles, they developed a local following in Liverpool clubs, and their first recordings, "Love Me Do" ...
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  • Techno Schmechno: A Postmodern Approach To Electronica - 1,716 words
    ol> In searching for a properly post-modern style of music, it may be better to look at the electronic music scene, which began with house music in the early to middle 80s, rather than at hip-hop. It is true that the hip-hop artist generally disappears into the narrative of the music to the extent that many of their lives are a direct reflection of what they sing about: gang violence, drugs, racism, alienation in the US, etc. but here already we encounter two problems. One is the existential choice of reading: if we do read these lives as reflected, or as ghostly risings out of formal lyrical narratives called rap and hip-hop, which lend to the narratives distinct anthropological and sociolo ...
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  • Description And Analysis Of Oratorio And Art-song - 892 words
    This article will give a description of what an Oratorio and Art-Song are. It will also inform you on the stylistic characteristics, a summary on the historial background and a brief outline on the composers who helped develop and excelled in these styles of fantastic vocal music. Oratorio is based upon a substantial story of a religious or spiritual character. It is written for solo voices, chorus and orchestra and is often performed in churches or concert halls. Oratorio resembles an opera but costumes, acting and scenery are absent. However early examples of oratorio, one being by Emilio del Cavaliers Representation of soul and body written in 1600, were staged with costume and scenery. T ...
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  • The Origins Of Hip-hop And Rap - 1,013 words
    ... n to the frightening demeanor of gangster rap. Although their lyrics seemed excessive and overly abrasive, N.W.A. provided America with a picture of the destitute conditions of the urban ghettos, and the dangerous lifestyle that many of the African American youth fell victim to as a result of their dire circumstances. In 1991, N.W.A. released their sophomore album Niggaz4Life, which sold 945,000 copies in its first few weeks of release, and reached the number one position on the Billboard charts (Unofficial Timeline). This event signaled raps pinnacle for the rest of the 90s, rap became the highest selling musical genre (Unofficial Timeline). Additionally, it was evident that hip-hop cu ...
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