The Astonishing Success of Gangsterism

“Being” and “Telling” Narratives in the Compton Based Gangster Rap Unlike their late 70s and early 80s colleagues, who rapped about "knowledge, wisdom, and understanding as well as peace, unity, and having fun" (Johnson 1); the late 80s and 1990s rappers sung about the streets and the realities of living in a ghetto, as well as the hardships many African-Americans faced in a country where they felt they had no opportunities. Hence, it comes as no surprise how rap evolved to become a paragon of the gangster culture. Likewise, the streets of Compton, known as one of the most dangerous neighborhoods at the time, gave the performers a myriad of symbols to draw from and create a picture...

Attend an orchestra or symphony concert at queens college or Madison square garden

French Fantastique Name: Institution Date French Fantastique On Saturday, November 21, 2015, at 8.00pm, the Madison Symphony Orchestra presented an all-French program dubbed ‘French Fantastique’ in the Overture Hall. It featured three magnificent French masterpieces: Valses Nobles et Sentimentales by Maurice Ravel; Cello Concerto No. 1 by Camille Saint-Saens and Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz. The guest artist of the concert was the exceptional cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio. The program commenced with the lively set of Valses nobles et sentimental. Maurice Ravel initially composed the pieces for solo piano in 1911 before creating this version for the orchestra. The set pieces were...

The Effect of Music Therapy on Dementia Patients

Effect of Music Therapy on Dementia Name of the Student Professor’s Name Effect of Music Therapy on Dementia Background Dementia is a neurological disorder, which is presented as an inability to form new memories or difficulty to retrieve old memories. Such disorder may be caused due to age-related degeneration of neurons or pathological degeneration of neurons. A form of Dementia called Alzheimer’s disease, affects individuals during the middle years. The cause of degeneration of neurons has been largely attributed to the amyloidal hypothesis. However, other factors like genetic or environmental or psychiatric causes have also been...

Bela Bortok

Name Instructor Course Date Bela Bartok Bela Bartok is a Hungarian musician who was born in the town of Nagyszentmiklos on 25 March in 1881.His early musical influence came from his mother who was a skilled pianist. His father was also musically inclined, and so he grew up in a musical environment. As he grew up, his family moved, and he began taking lessons. Later on, he became a student at the renown Royal Academy of Music (Stevens, 4).He slowly developed his reputation as one of the bet pianists in the land and his reputation spread throughout the nation and he is famously recognized for revolutionizing music through his immense contributions to the art. He was known...

Concert Critique

Name: Professor's name: Course number: Date: The Great Paris Concert 1963 This is a recording of a series of live performances by Duke Ellington and his jazz orchestra in Paris in February 1963. Born in 1899, Duke Ellington was a great composer, pianist and the band leader of his jazz orchestra, which composed of a 10-piece ensemble CITATION Tuc95 p 3 l 2057 (Tucker and Ellington 3). Some of the most notable jazz musicians in the band were Cootie Williams (trumpeter), Johnny Hodges (alto saxophonist), Rex Stewart (cornetist), and Harry Carney (baritone saxophonist). The band played together in the 1920s through the early 1930s before some members left to pursue their careers. Duke Ellington...

ossy osbourne compared to led zeppline

XXXXXXXXXXX Music Appreciation XXXXXXXXXXX October 26, 2015 Ozzy Osbourne’s Doom Metal Ozzy Osbourne is a legend of the rock world. Ozzy went from having nothing to creating his own genre of music that inspired hundreds of other bands. Ozzy’s life was tough but he went through it with his head help high and this went into his music and gave it a sense of emotion and created something for the listener to connect to. The style of the genre represents his pain and despair. The choice of this subject is based on the title of the genre, Doom Metal. Notably, doom metal is an extreme form arising from heavy metal music. This kind of song is done in such a slow tempos with lowly tuned guitar...

Smooth Jazz

Name: Professor's name: Course number: Date: Smooth Jazz Jazz is a genre of music, originally from the African American, which became popular at the beginning of the 20th century. Jazz was influenced by the African rhythms and the structure of the European harmonic. The view that jazz is solely of the African-American origin has elicited a lot of criticism. Critics like Wheaton believe that it "can be defined as a combination of improvisatory styles with European form and harmony" (Wheaton 90). Maybe a clearer picture can be painted by the story of New Orleans – the cradle of jazz. The three major social groups that lived in New Orleans during the rule of the Catholic French were; Creoles,...

Dedication

Name: Professor’s name: Course number: Date: Dedication Essay English is a controversial subject. This is because the English vocabulary has no standard definition. All these words are interpreted according to an individual’s personal experience. Very many other factors are also considered. The word ‘dedication’ is a perfect example to look at. The word has very many acceptable definitions. Dedication is passion. Don’t tell me that you don’t know Ludwig Van Beethoven, the German composer and pianist. Beethoven displayed his musical talents at a very early age, after being taught by his father, Johann van...

Discussing “La Marseillaise”

Name Instructor Subject Date La Marseillaise The French have an anthem that is unique and peculiar. Founded on history as most national anthems are, Claude Joseph wrote this particular one in 1792 when France was going to battle with Austria. The battle was against invasion and tyranny and the national song oozes with passion and love for France. Courage to fight for their “love” and keep her is what they source from it. Their motherland -France- is worth fighting to protect. As we explore its musical depth, we are ready to learn and see very many things that came from the origin of the anthem. Determining the genre is not an easy task. There has been a debate revolving around what genre...

Write an essay about a jazz pianist, a jazz piano solo, or an analytical concept related to the jazz piano idiom.

Bill Evans Name Institution Billy Evans Thirty-five years after his death, Bill Evans legacy, as one the greatest jazz pianists, still lives on. He introduced a new way of playing jazz piano and influenced renowned jazz pianists such as Herbie Hancock, Steve Kuhn and Keith Jarrett among others. Bill Evans gave jazz a new tone that rivaled bebop – the most popular jazz style at that time. Evans changed the modern jazz piano language, as Terry Teachout wrote, "incorporating harmonic devices derived from the music of French impressionists and forging an ensemble style noted for its complex yet fluid rhythmic interplay" (Teachout, 1998, p. 46). The two things that made Evans approach jazz...