(A) What were the three (3) most significant developments in music during the Romantic Period and why? Please mention 1 specific reason why each development is significant. (B) Which composer (choose only one) contributed the most to the development of music during the Romantic Period and why? Please support your response with at least three (3) specific examples/reasons. One of the most significant developments in music in the Romantic Period is how much it changed through the colorful harmony.
During this period there was an exploration of chromatic harmony that took music and shifted it to more rapid modulations and it gave more chords different ways of creating greater intensity. Another significant development is when the art song was introduced. This was a composition with a piano and a solo voice. To this day, romantic period has taken art songs into much consideration because a lot of ladies are swooned by a man (or woman) behind piano singing slow songs about their feelings. Poetry and songs are definitely influences by romance from humans.
Romantic songs also introduced a song cycle that composers used a lot in their music. Frank Schubert is one composer that contributed a lot to this period of romanticism. He was considered one of the earliest masters of the romantic art song. He gave up his own schooling to commit to the world of music. His music was all original and composed symphonies along with 600+ songs he wrote. The songs he created and composed was created from an array of moods and types which meant he had long and short songs that dealt with a lot of things. The intensity he had within his music was almost as high as his inspiration Beethoven.
Some of his work was based on poems and nature; he created melodies that captured monumenting excitement which people grew interest to. The thing about romantic music is that it really goes through the ears and hits the heart and the feeling and emotions of the human race. I think it’s beautiful how Schubert can touch hearts with the simplest melodies.
(A) What were the three (3) most significant developments in music during the Twentieth Century to the present and why? Please mention 1 specific reason why each development is significant. B) Which composer (choose only one) contributed the most to the development of music during the Twentieth Century to the present and why? Please support your response with at least three (3) specific examples/reasons. One of the most significant developments in music in the Twentieth Century is when the 1900s emerged and it was called the “Age of Musical Diversity”. This century really showed the world of music that there was a continuation of the music languages. Due to the fact that the music world was so open, it allowed society to be more open and free to how they expressed themselves.
Folk music was introduced more into this period along with unconventional rhythms and practices. Non-European music was incorporated into the composers who were discovered in the Twentieth Century. American Jazz started to being introduced during this period which led into the Jazz period. There are a lot of developments that branched out into what music is today. Lastly since music was introduced with new technology and the latest advances, it was easier to introduce new music and show off the creativity musicians had. Musicians came from all over the globe at this time to share their pieces of music.
Claude Debussy created music in the Romantic period and applied it through the Twentieth Century. Claude learned to apply himself to the new era. Debussy introduce his music with great harmony and wide set of vocabulary when he composed pentatonic scales which led an Asian atmosphere that people listened to for the first time. (A) Which style of Jazz (Ragtime, Blues, New Orleans Style, Swing, Bebop or Free Jazz; choose only one) would you prefer to listen to and why? Please support your response with at least three (3) specific examples/reasons. B) In what three (3) significant ways has music been incorporated into theater and film? Please mention 1 specific reason why each way is significant.
If I were to pick between Ragtime, Blues, New Orleans, Swing, Bebop, or Free Jazz for my preferred style of Jazz, I would have to go with the good ol’ swing. I enjoy the swing era because of the rhythmic vitality characteristics it had to offer. When I listened to some of the examples, swing was played with bigger bands in big halls. I like swing because not only does the dancers have fun on the floor but the band gets into the groove and it looks like they love playing catchy tunes.
The Benny Goodman Band was a famous swing band that created amazing melodies that people enjoyed during this time. The bands constricted of 14 to 16 people and all their instruments. Music has created an impact on people in real-time and also in the arts of music and film. Most importantly, music created a tone through theatre especially when it’s an opening night. Not only does is create a tone for the story, but it also creates the mood in the crowd and on the set. People are nervous behind the curtains and in the pit, music can help take away the jitters people have and alerts the audiences when a big scene is coming.
Climatic moments in musicals and film has a different impact if it were silent or hearing drums in the background picking up the pace for the suspense. Music ties the whole world together based on interests and on what moods people are in. People were smart to take two beautiful things to create one film or musical or anything they set their minds to. (A) Why has Rock become such a popular contemporary genre of music? Please support your response with at least three (3) specific examples/reasons. (B) Which style of Nonwestern music (Sub-Saharan African, Indian, or Japanese; choose only one) would you prefer to listen to and why?
Please support your response with at least three (3) specific examples/reasons. There could be many ways that introduced itself into such a popular contemporary genre of music. Creating an impact into northwestern music and creating itself from rhythm and blues, Rock took its own turn using its musical forms of musical form and electronic. Bill Haley and His Comets were one of the first groups to emerge out of this era and was seen as a “big hit style”. Soul was introduced with Rock to be taking a more gospel roots and incorporates the black community.
People started to take a look in the direction once the Beatles made an appearance in 1964 in England. Rock was used to express social injustice and contemporary topics like war. Rock was then being used to describes all the different types such as folk rock, fusion, jazz rock, psychedelic rock, acid rock, and art rock. African Music has to be the choice if I were to chose a favorite style of Northwestern Music to listen to. I am one to be very into percussion and rhythm. African music derived from complex polyrhythms.
Some instruments used with all the beats is drums, xylophones, and rattles. Another thing that is neat about listening to African music is that they use their own body to produce music. Foot stomps, hand claps, and thigh or chest slaps are created through their songs and is pretty common throughout groups. As said before, xylophones and rattles are used to create music and this would be examples of idiophones. I think it is very neat that they use woodwind instruments as well. Sometimes they even make their own flutes and this help give a different pitch and tone in their instruments.
They use a call-and-response pattern through their vocal music and its when phrases of a soloist are repeatedly answered by the other members in the chorus. (A) What is your favorite musical composition (choose only one) and why? Please support your response with at least three (3) specific reasons. (B) Who is your favorite composer/songwriter and why? Please support your response with at least three (3) specific reasons. If I were to choose a favorite musical composition I think it would just have to be the basic Fur Elise by the famous Ludwig van Beethoven.
Fur Elise is such a great musical composition because it really shows such an elaborate rhythm throughout the whole song. This piece is beautifully composed together that it creates a tones here the listener can feel happy and excitement because people think Elise is someone. Lastly, a bit reason I do enjoy this piece is because it has reached a tremendous popularity after Ludwig has died. It was released about 40 years after which is crazy because I personally have never heard the original original by Beethoven himself because it was composed and changed (in a minor way) by another composer.
Ludwig van Beethoven is a musical Jesus. Other than Fur Elise, he has so many other musical pieces that he is famous for. He was famous for the nine symphonies he had as well, he also had large orchestras that Mozart or Haydn could not even compete with. Growing up, I think Beethoven had it rough from his dad and he had truly overcome it with who was now. He used many instruments that set him apart from other composers like using the trombone, piccolo, and contrabassoon. Ludwig lived a great life and it’s a shame to have seen him go but he left an imprint on the music world to this day.