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The Symbolism of the Piano in The Piano - The Symbolism of the Piano in The Piano         The piano has been inextricably linked with the roles and expectations of women in British society since its advent in the mid 1700s to the late 1800s when rising standards of living made it more accessible to middle class society. Pianos were regarded as "secure icons of social distinction" 1 and a wife was viewed similarly as a possession of "privatization, success and respectability."2 Pianos were instrumental in both reinforcing gender roles and as delineators of class distinction thus perpetuating the class system....   [tags: Piano]
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History of the Piano - The piano is an instrument that can be traced back through the centuries; there are no debates about that statement. Nevertheless, there are several different views on what begins the history of the piano. In his book, Pianos and their Makers, Alfred Dolge begins with the Monochord in 582 B. C., which was used by Pythagoras. However, Ernest Closson begins his History of the Piano with the clavichord and gives only five paragraphs to the influences from before. Everyone has their own interpretation of what the history of the piano is; however an instrument is just a piece of mechanical parts without the music that was played on it....   [tags: instrument, drums, square piano]
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The Piano Lesson Play Analysis - In the play, The Piano Lesson, music played an important role. The piano in the play represented the African American history and culture. The ghost of Sutter represented the pain and trauma that had been endured throughout the generations in the Charles family. Berniece did not play the piano because she associated it with pain and the bad things that happened to her family members. She did not want to accept the things that had happened in her family’s past. She thought that she could deny everything and act like it never happened....   [tags: piano, african american culture] 932 words
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The History of the Piano - The History of the Piano The history of the piano, and his technique born, of course in close relation with the others keyboard instruments especially with the clavichord, his predecessor. The transition from the clavichord to the piano bring to us very interesting information about piano technique and the problems that the musician from that time had to confront. The piano technique, the works for piano, the composers, recitals, auditions and all around the piano history have absolute relation with the manufacture and progress of the instrument construction and the possibilities that the piano could give to pianist and composers....   [tags: Piano Musical Instruments Music Essays] 1352 words
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Lessons from The Piano Lesson by August Wilson - What should one do with their legacy, and how should it be put to use. In the play “The Piano Lesson”, the Charles' family faces this question, and struggles to find the answer. The family’s legacy is in the form of a piano. On the piano are carvings of their ancestors. The two main characters that are having a conflict over the piano are Berniece and Boy Willie. Boy Willie wants to sell the piano so he can add the proceeds of the sale to the proceeds of selling watermelon’s and buy some land from “Sutter”....   [tags: The Piano Lesson Analysis]
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The Inter-locking Connection between the Piano and the Ghost - ... This in part due to the original owners request. Author of Call-and-Response: Parallel “Slave Narrative” in August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson,” Devon Boan states that: “it [the piano] was important enough enough for black men to die for it, and it was important enough for white men to kill for it.” The previous remarks gives great emphasis on the importance the piano will play in the story. The piano was an anniversary gift, given to Miss. Ophelia, the wife of Bernice and her brother’s slave owner, the original home to the piano....   [tags: The Piano Lesson by August Wilson] 1863 words
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Gender and Sexuality in The Piano - Gender and Sexuality in The Piano "THERE IS A SILENCE WHERE HATH BEEN NO SOUND THERE IS A SILENCE WHERE NO SOUND MAY BE IN THE COLD GRAVE, UNDER THE DEEP DEEP SEA." With these words, The Piano ends and leaves me in a state of confusion about what point the film was trying to express. The film by Jane Campion has been compared to the likes of Wuthering Heights and has been highly lauded for championing freedom of women’s sexuality and identity. Many critics, though, have debated on the final meanings of the film....   [tags: Piano Essays]
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Gender and Sexuality in The Piano - Gender and Sexuality in The Piano The Piano examines the construction of sexuality in nineteenth century colonial New Zealand within the discourses of power that shaped this era. Different discourses of gender and race and their interactions are presented in order to support a narrative critique of the European patriarchal ideology as dominant social structure.     In the opening sequence of the film, the viewer is immediately presented with an image of marriage as entirely contractual: "Today he married me to a man I've not yet met." The protagonist, although she has already been established as strong-willed and non-conforming, is accepting but not altogether optimistic about the arrangem...   [tags: Piano Essays]
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Playing the Piano - Playing the Piano "'natural phrasing' and `from the heart' are prized attributes of song, singing that way requires rehearsal, preparation, and getting in touch with whatever it is inside singers and getting in touch with whatever it is inside singers that, by a neural kink or the grace of God, enables them to turn themselves into vessels of musical sound." On an Alumni Weekend at Milton Academy, I was practicing on a grand piano in the orchestra room. After about two hours of warm-up and practicing, the sun went down and the room became dark....   [tags: Music Piano Musical Essays] 1230 words
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Piano by D. H. Lawrence - “Piano” by D. H. Lawrence            The poem Piano, by D. H. Lawrence describes his memories of childhood. Hearing a woman singing takes him to the time when his mother played piano on Sunday evenings. In the present, this woman is singing and playing the piano with great passion. However, the passionate music is not affecting him, because he can only think about his childhood rather than the beauty of the music that exists in his actual space.      “A woman is singing” softly to the speaker “in the dusk.” The speaker is describing the place he is at in the present moment....   [tags: Piano D. H. Lawrence Essays] 895 words
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Dehumanization in Player Piano - Recent trends, ideas, and technology has helped to bring about increased mechanization on society. We have Automated Teller Machines to replace bank tellers, robots do assembly line work at virtually every automotive company, and computers are integrated more and more into our daily lives. People are slowly, but surely, being replaced my machines and artificial "workers." Kurt Vonnegut's foresaw this movement of mechanization in the 1950's and responds to the dehumanization of society in his novel Player Piano....   [tags: Player Piano Essays] 601 words
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Free College Essays - The Piano Lesson - The Piano Lesson                 Do you ever have one of those days when you remember your parents taking away all of your baseball cards or all of your comic books because you got a bad grade in one of your classes?  You feel a little depressed and your priced possession has been stolen.  This event is the same as August Wilson’s, The Piano Lesson.  The story is about a sibling rivalry, Boy Willie Charles against Berniece Charles, regarding an antique, family inherited piano.  Boy Willie wants to sell the piano in order to buy the same Mississippi land that his family had worked as slaves.  However, Berniece, who has the piano, declines Boy Willie’s request to sell the piano because...   [tags: Piano Lesson Essays] 538 words
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Oppression in Jane Campion’s The Piano - Oppression in Jane Campion’s “The Piano” Jane Campion’s “The Piano” relates the story of a Scottish woman who is sent to New Zealand, during the Victorian Era, for an arranged marriage with a farmer. Ada voluntarily gave up speaking at the age of 6 and communicates by either signing for her daughter, writing on a small paper tablet around her neck, or, more joyously, through playing her piano. After a long and arduous journey with the piano, Ada is forced to leave it on the beach where her boat landed....   [tags: Jane Campion The Piano] 870 words
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How is Sympathy Provoked in ‘Piano’ and ‘Crabbit Old Woman’? - In the two poems Crabbit Old Woman and Piano, both the writers use language to provoke sympathy towards a person and their situation by using the present and the past tense to build up emotions. In the poem Piano, Lawrence introduces us to his childhood using a piano. He describes to us what his childhood memories used to be like with his mother, and what comfort he used to have in her presence. The first two lines of each of the three stanzas are all in present tense and the rhyme scheme is rhyming cuplets....   [tags: Sympathy, Piano, Crabbit Old Woman, poetry, D.H. L] 860 words
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Culture in Piano and Drums by Gabriel Okara - Culture in Piano and Drums by Gabriel Okara In the poem “Piano and Drums” the poet Gabriel Okara depicts and contrasts two different cultures through symbolism of pianos and drums. The Poem is divided into four stanzas. The first two stanzas represent the “drum” culture and the second two stanzas show the “piano” culture. The description of the drums is in two stanzas, but is one sentence long. The first line of the first stanza: ‘When at break of day at a riverside’ Uses trochees to emphasize the deliberate broken rhythm....   [tags: Culture Symbolism Piano and Drums Essays] 1135 words
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Social Traditions in Medea, The Piano, and The Age of Innocence - Social Traditions in Medea, The Piano, and The Age of Innocence Traditions demonstrate a set of social norms that have been followed and adapted to for an elongated amount of time. In each of the plots, Medea, The Piano, and The Age of Innocence, the standard set by society was broken and the consequences imposed took form in varying degrees and shapes of violence. Whether it was outright murder as in Medea, or a more subtle but intense struggle as in The Age of Innocence, these consequences serve as the community's opinion of this breach of its expectations for its members....   [tags: Medea Piano Age of Innocence] 2113 words
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Taking a Deeper Look at The Piano Lesson by August Wilson - Taking a Deeper Look at The Piano Lesson by August Wilson Winner of multiple awards such as the Tony Award, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize, August Wilson is known most for his forceful cultural plays. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Wilson was born to a white father that later abandoned his family, and a black mother. Wilson dropped out of school in the ninth grade after being accused of plagiarism. Wilson after went to public libraries and read various books; this was an initiation for Wilson and his successful future....   [tags: The Piano Lesson Plays August Wilson Essays] 1181 words
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Childhood Memories in My Papa's Waltz by Theodore Roethke and Piano by D.H. Lawrence - Childhood Memories in "My Papa's Waltz" by Theodore Roethke and "Piano" by D.H. Lawrence "My Papa's Waltz" by Theodore Roethke and "Piano" by D.H. Lawrence are two poems in which grown men recall memories of their childhood. "My Papa's Waltz" has a quietly sad, almost resigned tone as Roethke relives his nightly dances with his father as a young boy. Lawrence's "Piano" is somewhat dreamy as a man is taken back by a song to his childhood. While both are presented to us through similar personas, striking differences are apparent throughout the two poems....   [tags: Compare Waltz Piano Essays Papers]
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The Power of the Piano - What can appear to gleam and reflect such beauty and craftsmanship yet can be handled by a three year old. It’s sound so pure by a touch of a finger has been in existence for well over a hundred years and is the foundation for creating music. It’s black and white keys produce sounds when played correctly that can bring tears to one’s eyes, touch your heart and soul, bring hope, or even joy and laughter to an event. All of this power… lies in the piano. The piano from its creation to this very second had transformed the world of music no matter what class, talent, and ability....   [tags: Music]
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The History of the Piano - The piano, created by Bartolomeo Christofori in 1709, has impacted our society by becoming a popular instrument and a popular medium for musicians to create musical masterpieces. Also called the pianoforte, the piano is one of the most beautiful sounding instruments that can range in sound from as low as a gust of wind, to as high as the shrill sound of a bird. It has evolved over time and become an amazing instrument. The piano was accepted very well in history and it has generated many changes in the music industry....   [tags: Music ]
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Changes in the Piano - The piano is an amazing instrument used all over the world to express one’s feelings, emotions, and talent. The piano is used for entertainment, but for many, it’s used in a personal way to express feelings in a musical way. Obviously each musical instrument is unique to their own time period and no doubt the piano has been around for a while. It has gone through many changes in it’s time- changing along with the modern music of the day. I believe the piano has adapted over the years more so than other instruments....   [tags: Music ]
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The Piano - The Piano gave me a great understanding of true love and the hardships that came along with it. The movie was very well put together, and I learned a great deal from the production. The Piano had some good instances of well lit up shots, along with some good symbolism which, I will explain about in the following report. For instance there was a scene in the movie involving Adas’ young daughter where all of a sudden a cartoon just appears out of nowhere. I believe the producer was relating the cartoon in this sequence to the way she was taking what was going on in....   [tags: movie analysis] 660 words
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The Piano - A Mail Order Bride “The strange thing is I don’t think myself silent, that is, because of my piano” (Campion 9). This beloved instrument is central to the plot and plays a major role in the movie The Piano. It is a symbolic instrument that Campion uses to tell a complex tale.. The film is a story of shyness, repression, and loneliness, of a woman who will not speak and a man who cannot listen, and of a willful little girl who causes mischief. Ada’s verbal silence is a complicated issue in the film and contributes to the overall confusion surrounding her gender identity....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Piano Man - ... "Tonight seems like a very sad night," he added. "Do you know why?" Ludwig shook his head. "Nein, I don't. Maybe someone else does." He then walked back to his spot behind the bar and got back to work. Roderich then played another song, this one filled with hopes and dreams. A larger crowd gathered around the piano to listen. Once he stopped, the crowd remained quiet. Roderich looked around a bit more. He noticed two men talking. One was Arthur, a real estate novelist, and the other was Alfred, a member of the Navy....   [tags: Personal Narrative]
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The Piano Lesson by August Wilson - The Piano Lesson by August Wilson: The Wisdom of the Ivories Can a treasured object of the past serve as a teacher for the future. Once people share the historical significance of it, an object can symbolize the overcoming of hardships of those lives in which it becomes a part. Therefore, it may indeed “instruct” future generations to glean wisdom from the past. August Wilson’s play The Piano Lesson centers on the trials and triumphs of a family affected by the enslaving of their ancestors and by current racial prejudice....   [tags: racial prejudice, slavery, god, holy spirit]
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The Sound of Music in Piano and Voice - Billy Joel once said, “I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music” (“Music Quotes”). Although many instruments exist to enliven human existence, two of the most stimulating are the piano and the voice. While piano and singing both create poignant music, they differ due to the instruments themselves, the training involved, and the musician’s individuality. A traditional piano consists of strings, keys, hammers, pedals and pieces of wood (“Piano”)....   [tags: Music]
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Interview with the Poet of the Piano, Chopin - Interviewer: Good day Ms. Brown and 1303 Music Appreciation Class. I will be giving an interview with Frederic Chopin also called the “Poet of the Piano”. I read that you come from a musical family. Is that true. Chopin: My family was not wealthy, but we had a strong appreciation for music. My mother could hold her own on the piano and my father played the violin and flute. I was even told that when I was a baby, when my mother would sing, I would be moved to tears. At what age did you pick up your first musical instrument and what was it....   [tags: personal narrative] 590 words
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Female Curiosity: The Piano and Bluebeard - ... “Open them all; go into all and every one of them, except that little closet, which I forbid you, and forbid it in such a manner that, if you happen to open it, there’s nothing but what you may expect from my just anger and resentment” (Perrault). His wife felt threatened by this, as anyone would, “tempted and threatened by evil” (McCombs, 327). This is most obviously a test to see if his wife will actually go snooping around and unlock the forbidden door. His wife is already suspicious of her new husband due to the fact that he has had many wives previously who mysteriously disappeared....   [tags: Jane Campion film, Perrault's story, ]
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Notion of Power in 'Orlando' and 'The Piano' - The notion of power is presented in various ways in Woolf’s ‘Orlando ‘and Campion’s ‘The Piano’. This essay will compare these two texts and how they show power in different, yet similar ways. The first part of the essay analyzes the basic idea on gender roles of the Victorian and 19th century. The second part analyses Orlando aristocratic background and his ability to inherit riches. This is compared with Orlando as a woman who is unable to inherit. Thirdly, there will be a comparison on Orlando and the Piano, and how the women control the men....   [tags: Literary Analysis ] 2127 words
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The Piano Lesson by August Wilson - “I got the power of death” (Wilson 29). You might recognize this quote from Boy Willie in The Piano Lesson by August Wilson an African American play writer. In this essay I am going to highlight some things about his life. According to (Britannica Concise Encyclopedia) August Wilson was born on April 27, 1945 in the town of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He was born Frederick August Kittel, Jr. Son of a German immigrant named Frederick August Kittel and his mother was an African-American named Daisy Wilson....   [tags: american play writer, biography]
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The Piano by Jane Campion - Critical analysis on The Piano 1993 In my discussion I will talk about Jane Campion’s film, The Piano 1993, in this case I would argue for and against Laura Mulvey’s essay, and to define where her theorist brings awareness and where it collapses. I will also introduce Vivian Sobchack ‘What my fingers knew’ to argue against Mulvey’s argument. In Laura Mulveys essay, she argues that, women are the sexual objects that the male has control over the gaze, in this case I agree with her, famous Hitchcock films, which shows this are films such as Vertigo, Rear Window and Psycho....   [tags: Critical Analysis, FIlm] 2129 words
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The Shining and Player Piano - The Shining and Player Piano The Shining is a horror novel written by Stephen King in 1977 and Player Piano is a science fiction novel written by Kurt Vonnegut in 1952. The events of The Shining take place after the Vietnam War and the events of Player Piano take place after a fictional World War III. These books are two completely different genres, horror and sci-fi, but with a few similarities. Although they bear some minor similarities regarding the setting, the differences between the time and place are pronounced....   [tags: novel comparison] 641 words
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Yahama: The Piano Market - ... Suppliers have lower bargaining power, because we have variety options, in other words, we can ask suppliers for a lower price, which reduces the cost of production and extend our profit as a result. In the respect of accessories, it is quiet depressed that there are not many accessories in the market (around 100) (http://www.amazon.co.uk/b?ie=UTF8&node=407810031), for example, keyboard stands, foot pedals and USB-MIDI interface. This may decrease the power of our company. We have two ways that can address this problem....   [tags: industry, china, world, competitions] 570 words
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Guitar Meets the Piano - ... During that class, I was also driven watch some of my classmates, whom knew how to play, and learn from them. Learning to play the piano doesn't have as much variety. I had to either read sheet music or watch someone else play. The only access for me was YouTube, since there is no one close who can teach me. All I had to do was continuously pause the video so I could see what they were playing. When reading sheet music, some songs became difficult to play. So I would take the notes that were already written and simplify them....   [tags: personal narrative] 613 words
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Me and My Piano - I began taking piano lesson when I was in grade one, but when I moved to Canada, I was not able to take piano lessons. I was not given the opportunity to re-start piano lessons until grade eleven. In high school, I joined choir for four years as well as Jazz Band, and concert and got an award for music in grade twelve. I peer tutored the grades six, seven and eight band. When I was in jazz band, I learned how to play the alto saxophone and tenor saxophone. When I was in concert band I played flute....   [tags: statement of purpose, personal reflections] 607 words
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The History of the Piano - The History of the Piano The piano has seen many sights and has been a part of countless important events in the past and present, and is said to have dominated music for the past 200 years (Welton). Throughout history, inventions come along that "take art away from princes and give it the people" (Swan 41). Not unlike the printing press, the piano made what was once intangible possible: the poorest of peasants could enjoy the same music that their beloved rulers did. The piano can be played by "the rankest of amateurs, and the greatest of virtuosos" (Swan 41); so even if a person is not very intelligent, a simple tune can easily be learned....   [tags: Papers] 1783 words
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Piano Music - The beautiful sound of piano music has captured the hearts of people since the early eighteenth century. Since then, many musicians have dedicated their lives to this instrument. Some players even play piano so well that it may seem that this instrument is easy to play. However, to be able to play the piano well isn’t easy; it takes a lot of skill. To become a good piano player, one must love music very much, have good finger techniques, and body flexibility. To become a good piano player, one must love music....   [tags: Music] 506 words
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Evolution of the Piano - Evolution of the Piano Dulcimer originally found in Iran shortly after the birth of Christ. The Dulcimer is the basic principles of the piano, hammers striking different strings tuned over a flat soundboard. Dulcimer players used two light sticks ending with broader blades, instead of the mechanical hammers. Clavichord built in around 1400, the clavichord had about ten strings and in earlier examples two notes or more was produced from that string or pair of strings by making two or more tangents contacts the same string or pair of strings at different points....   [tags: Music Musical Instruments] 494 words
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Analysis: The Piano Lesson by August Wilson - August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, tells a story of a family haunted by the pain of their past and their struggle to find peace to move forward. The story begins with character Boy Willie coming up from the south visiting his sister Bernice. Boy Willie introduces the idea of selling the family’s heirloom, a piano, to raise enough money to buy the land on which his ancestors were enslaved. However, both Boy Willie and his sister Berniece own half a half of the piano and she refuses to let Boy Willie sell it....   [tags: pain, struggle, peace, move forward]
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Passionate about Piano - ... However, not any pianist can have this great passion in order to be remembered. Pianists are motivated from deep emotional essences. People who play piano usually follow their role models to achieve what they desire in this life. When Hieu saw his older brother playing piano for the first time, the only thing he could say was to learn how to be like his older brother. In addition, when you see professionals that mastered the same talent that you have, the person will be moved by their profession and want to learn more just to be like them one day....   [tags: Hieu Tri, great pianists] 744 words
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A Brief History of Piano Greats and Jazz - A Brief History of Piano Greats and Jazz The piano has been a pivotal instrument throughout the development of jazz music. Starting with ragtime, which developed out of classical music, all the way to modern jazz the piano has been a foundational instrument upon which many styles have been built. This is a result of the versatility of the instrument, as it has the ability to play accompaniment, rhythm, and solo improvisation simultaneously. Throughout the course of jazz history many musicians have utilized the piano to develop new and unique styles....   [tags: Polyrhythmic Styles, Bebop]
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Classical Musical Culture: Piano Art - Piano art is one of the most significant areas of classical musical culture. The history of solo piano keyboard culture has been more than five hundred years. Periodization of piano culture is divided into several periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Twentieth Century. I have played piano for many years and have always been interested in the development of Western classical piano compositions and pieces from classical period to the present day so I decided to do my investigation on this topic because I always wondered how piano solos have developed....   [tags: mozart, keyboard] 3303 words
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The Piano Teacher - Most parents believe that participation in extracurricular activities affects a child in a lot of good ways. My parents were no exception. After school, I was always being driven from piano to basketball to swimming and so on. At the time, I thought I was the world's busiest kid. But after all these years, I can easily see that I have gained some really important benefits from those activities. Playing the piano is probably the greatest benefit. However, it would be a big lie for me to say that my appreciation for playing the piano came immediately....   [tags: Autobiography Essay, Personal Narrative] 327 words
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Film The Piano - Film The Piano In the film "The Piano", it displays varieties of themes like love, loyalty, betrayal and etc. Beneath each theme lie the values which were shown throughout the film. It was about a woman who doesn't speak since the age of six and her relationship with her daughter and her piano. Because of her actions, it had affected some of the characters in the film. Love and loyalty was also shown in the film. Stewart loved Ada but never did he know that Ada would actually be in loyal to him....   [tags: Papers] 764 words
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The Use of Symbolism in the Film "The Piano" - Screen and Visual images are important in the film; The Piano directed by Jane Campion. The screen and visual images are represented by Motifs. They are related to the dominating characters which makes them important. Firstly, Fingers as signifiers. The films very first image is a point-of-view shot looking through Ada's fingers as if they frame her world. They are signifiers of expressiveness. Ada is mute and her fingers are her tools of communication. She communicates using sign language with her fingers....   [tags: Film] 458 words
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Feelings and Emotions in The Piano Lesson by August Wilson - One of the main characters that is mentioned in the play The Piano Lesson by August Wilson is a woman named Berniece Charles. She has been a widow for three years and she has a daughter named Maretha Charles. Berniece works on her own to take care of her small family in the town of Pittsburgh. The main discussion in the play is the argument over the families’ piano with her brother, Boy Willie Charles. Berniece shows readers her different attitudes throughout the play about how her family piano makes her feel in a negative way, how it makes her feel in a positive way, and what the piano really means to her on a personal level....   [tags: widowed mother, Berniece Charles]
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The Life of Florence Beatrice Smith Price - ... She lastly returned back to Little Rock, Arkansas where she married Thomas J. Price, a noted attorney. She gave birth to two children. One of the two children unfortunately died as an infant. The Prices moved away from Arkansas in 1927 after experiencing severe racial trauma due to a brutal lynching in their community. Upon her return to Chicago, Florence almost immediately began studying at various musical institutions. This is when she began to have financial difficulties which took effect on her marriage....   [tags: piano teacher, piano performance] 816 words
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Mozart's Piano Sonata in A Major - Mozart's Piano Sonata in A Major The recognised style in the classical period in which this was written was to write sonatas in Sonata form- the concept of a recapituation, development and exposition. Indeed, the majority of Mozarts other sonatas were written like this. However, this sonata has a different but very distinct form. The first movement is a theme and a set of six variations. Each variation aswell as the theme comprises of four four bar phrases, as illustrated below....   [tags: Papers] 414 words
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Music and Memory in D. H. Lawrence’s Piano - D. H. Lawrence’s poetry is said to often be of “great biographical interest” (Encyclopedia Britannica), and his poem “Piano,” written in 1918, eight years after the death of his mother, illustrates his attachment to his mother through the device of an unwilling memory evoked when he hears a woman singing. Though Lawrence’s relationship with his mother is said to have been “an intensely—often labeled abnormally—close relationship” (Pearson and Watson), it is also said that it was she who encouraged him to obtain an education and to write....   [tags: Literature]
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Symbolism in Two Kinds by Amy Tan and Everyday Use by Alice Walker - In the story, Two Kinds by Amy Tan, the most predominant object would be the piano. The mother has it set in her head that her daughter, Jing-Mei can and will become a child prodigy. The mother hires a teacher that lives in their apartment building. Jing-Mei constantly feels like she is a disappointment to her mother. Her mother had very distinct goals for Jing-Mei and this is way she always felt that she was disappointing her. Jing-Mei was forced to take piano lessons; this only further upset her as she felt that she was a constant disappointment....   [tags: piano, quilt, heritage]
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A Report About a Concert Attended - ... The piece changed tempo throughout it which really felt like it kept people involved. You could also hear the repeat of the intro and certain themes throughout the piece. This piece was very enjoyable. It was probably my favorite piece played in this concert. The changing if tempos really made you pay more attention and it wasn't slow or boring. The sonata forms allowed the musicians to perform more difficult parts from the pieces and it was very entertaining to observe. This piece also had a very light tone color to it and I prefer music with that time color over the darker tone colors, which is what the next piece was....   [tags: piano, cello, violin] 728 words
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The Man with the Gifted Hands - Throughout the interview it became more apparent just how serious Alex took the piano and music as a whole. So the question of if he had ever competed formulated in my head. When I asked he responded with “I’ve competed quite a bit in different things. I competed as accompanist to make it to all-state level in high school which was very competitive. I also competed at the Chautauqua piano festival and actually made it to the semi-finals one year which was very exciting.” Then he said something that made me truly respect him as a musician....   [tags: piano, music, alex]
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Personal Journal: On Defeat and Accomplishing Your Dreams - ... Then almost everyday, my parents made me practice for at least thirty minutes every day to hone my skills. The years pass and I have participated in my teacher’s numerous showcases; I was joined among several of her other students performing songs for our parents and close relatives. Up until my sophomore year in high school, these showcases were the extent of my public pianist career. That spring my teacher urged me to participate in my first ever NYSSMA Evaluation Festival, which would be hosted at Chaminade High School....   [tags: Piano, Music, Goals]
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Phenomenal Composers of the Romantic Period: Hohannes Brahms - ... For this reason, Brahms worked very slowly in composing his first symphony, Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68, which took over twenty years to complete. The success of his first symphony prompted Brahms to compose more in this genre. Described by critics as simple and clear with basic musical ideas, the composition of his fourth Symphony in E minor, first performed Meiningen on October 25, 1885, is the most significant work of the genre as it shows his mastery of music composition by drawing elements from the past and fusing them with the current romantic style of his generation....   [tags: piano, cello, musical training] 1029 words
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Igor Stravinsky, a Russian Composer - ... When he was fifteen, he had mastered Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto in G minor. Stravinsky also finished a piano reduction of a string quartet by Glazunov, who allegedly thought that Igor was unmusical and considered him to have poor skills. His parents saw how much he loved music but didn't want him to pursue it as a job. They enrolled him in the University of Saint Petersburg in 1901. Stravinsky was told to become a lawyer. Vladimir Rimsky-Korsakov, son of composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korakove, was a fellow student at Saint Petersburg....   [tags: piano, string quartet, orchestra,] 552 words
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