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THE TIMES OF GERSHWIN - George Gershwin is one of the most celebrated composers of modern times. He is Famous for bridging the gap between Jazz and Classical music, and developing a new kind of popular music that held a genuine, American voice. With such pieces as his Rhapsody in Blue and Concerto in F he has become the most widely played American composer of all time. Although he boats having one of the most recognizable names in modern music, many people do not truly know the story behind it all. The Early Years His Childhood Gershwin was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 26, 1898 to Morris and Rose Gershwin, Russian born Jewish immigrants who had come to America only a few years earlier....   [tags: Biography]
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Claude Debussy’s La Mer: A Concert Review - Claude Debussy’s La Mer is a very beautiful piece of music. I thought the concert was wonderfully done. The music sent chills down my spine and I was really able to just sit there and listen. One thing I would have changed is having the live streaming video of the orchestra members displayed on screen behind the orchestra. I found it a little distracting because I would find myself watching the musician without listening to the music. I would have liked the concert more if it had been earlier in the day also....   [tags: Music] 654 words
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The Orion String Quartet and Nash Ensemble: A Concert Review - “Mozart for Four Mozart: String Quartet in F Major, K 590 Mozart: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K 478 Performed by the Orion String Quartet and the Nash Ensemble” (gardnermuseum.org) For the purposes of this assignment I choose this particular concert because I find Mozart’s music to be intellectual and engaging, requiring deep concentration and an open mind to be able the comprehend the depth of his musical visions. In this paper a will attempt to explore the qualities I like and dislike in the pieces presented in this concert and endeavor to analyze the “Piano Quartet No....   [tags: Music]
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Introduction to Research Paper on the Versatility of the Saxaphone - Introduction I have often read that the saxophone is a “versatile” instrument. Maybe this is because its inventor; Adolph Sax, intended the role of the saxophone to be somewhere in between a loud woodwind instrument and a versatile brass instrument. Indeed even the professor of saxophone at the Paris conservatoire, Claude Delangle, states “What instrument could be better suited than the saxophone, with its variety of forms and cultures, to adapt itself to the expressive devises of the shakuhachi?”1 Delangle is most likely referring to the jazz and dance band cultures that the saxophone has adapted to, not to mention its dominance in gospel, pop, funk and American church music....   [tags: music, instruments] 1799 words
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1812 Overture by Pyotr Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture by Pyotr Tchaikovsky I grew up in a household where classical music was an everyday occurrence. My father would sit down possible suitors and grill them about who the composer was, the era in which the piece was written and any other odd and obscure fact my father could come up with to completely embarrass the young man. It was also my father’s love of classical music that helped me to pursue playing the flute. I learned to play in fifth grade and continue to play even today. One of the things I have been very talented at doing is taking a piece of music and picking out the tune without sheet music....   [tags: Music Analysis ]
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Mozart and Beethoven - Music Appreciation May 2010 Mozart and Beethoven Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven are two of the greatest composers ever to write music. Both men lived in the early 18th and 19th century, but their music and influences are still felt today. The men faced similar experiences, yet they both lead very different lives. All together the pieces that these men composed amounts to over 300 published, and unpublished works of art. The people of their time period often had mixed feelings about these men, some “complained that Mozart’s music presented them with too many ideas and that his melodies moved from one to the next faster than audiences could follow, yet the ideas themselves seem effortless and natural, clear and unforced.” (Bonds 210-211) Beethoven’s criticisms ranged from ‘genius’ to grim dislike....   [tags: Musical History ]
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Age of Enlightenment - ... During the Age of Enlightenment, intellectuals began to examine the standards by which rulers governed their people. The new liberal ideas of this era stated that individuals had natural rights and that the government was an agreement between the people and their ruler. In this relationship, both the ruler and the citizens had rights and responsibilities to uphold. It was established that the power of the government needed to be separated and balanced so that individuals and groups did not become corrupt through those powers....   [tags: World History, 18th century]
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Jazz Music: Bebop - ... There aren’t many musical pieces of Bebop on YouTube but the few that they have are indescribable. The melodies are so fast you really have to develop an ear for it. I personally love it. Three important composers that used Bebop during this time included Charlie Parker, John Birks, and Thelonious Monk. Charlie Parker, an alto saxophonist, was one of the greatest jazz musicians. His lifestyle can be easily compared to the style of Bebop music. Parker produced a sound that was hard and dry which perfectly matched the “nervous intensity of his melodic lines (484),” his life....   [tags: Music ]
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The Fantabulous Forties - ... Warner Brother’s Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) starring Oscar Best Actor James Cagney also kept Americans in good spirits. With a lively cast and through the success story of famed theatrical performer George M. Cohan, the film conveyed a simple yet inspirational message that social elevation is possible. The company’s generous decision to replace box-office tickets for the piece with war bonds raised a substantial fund for American forces. Another classic example of achievement was Warner’s Casablanca (1943)....   [tags: History, Film and Theatrical Industries] 1077 words
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Reformation of the Church - ... By the late 1500s, the Reformation spread not only through Germany and Europe, but also through Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Finland. Anyone who wanted to follow in Martin Luther’s path was named a “Lutheran.” This name was given to them by their enemies, but they later proudly labeled themselves as “Lutherans.” The pope wanted to throw Luther out of the church. This occurred as reality for Luther in 1521. Luther was not only greatly involved with the Reformation, but he was also an inventive composer....   [tags: Church History ]
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Options for Tuba Players - ... This is in stark contrast to today’s reality: a rich and ever-expanding library of resources through which the tubist may become an effective, knowledgeable, and enriched musician through the process of programming recent works, in addition to the possibility of collaborating with a living composer on an already existing work or the commission of a new piece of music for a young, versatile instrument. In researching this topic, the aim would be to apply the newly-gained knowledge to the following situations: teaching students about various periods in music through transcribed works, collaboration with the creative agents of music, and obtaining the necessary tools to commission a piece of music....   [tags: Music] 1119 words
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Renaisssance versus Baroque Periods - The baroque and renaissance periods are two different periods. The renaissance period rolled into the baroque era. There were changes made over the years from the baroque to the renaissance period. Differences in style accumulated along with views of art and music. Baroque era covers the period between 1600 and 1750 beginning with Monte Verdi (birth of opera) and ended with deaths of Bach and Handel. The term baroque music is borrowed from the art history. It follows the Renaissance era (1400-1600)....   [tags: Comparison Contrast essays research papers]
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Concert Review and Bio: Tchaikovsky - Classical Concert Who likes classical music anyway. That is a question that you may have found me asking a few months ago. As I have listened to the music in class and on my CD that came with the text book, I have noticed that I am growing a little bit more fond of this style of music. I had never really given it a chance until I started attending my younger sister’s concerts and really paying attention to the music. I have realized that classical music isn’t half bad. modern rock is still the music for me, but I have really learned to like and respect classical music over the last few months....   [tags: essays research papers] 895 words
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Examine the role of processes in schools in producing different educational achievement among pupils from different social groups. - Examine the role of processes in schools in producing different educational achievement among pupils from different social groups. Differential educational achievement is unquestionable affected by different social groups however this is not the only factor that affects the educational success of students. Members of working class place a lower value on education, they place less emphasis on formal education as a means to personal achievement, and they see less value in continuing school beyond the minimum leaving age....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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History of Ballet - The History of Ballet The first experience of watching a ballet, for me or any little girl, can be fascinating and exhilarating. Wondering how a dancer can be so steady on her toes as she spins in circles and leaps through the air. Watching a ballet, there is a feeling of wanting to be graceful, as well as the warm sensation felt by a little girl as she slips into dream land. My mom had taken me to my first ballet when I was 11 years old. When we returned home home, she signed me up for classes at the local dance center....   [tags: essays research papers] 1090 words
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History Of Music - Music has been around sense the dawn of time. When man first started to discover music it was not the kind of music we have today. All it consisted of was grunts, moans, and banging things. Music has evolved just as much as the people that created it. From Chromagnum men to musician and from grunting too classical music, rock, and rap. The first people imitated music from nature. They mimicked the sound from their every day life. It had no rhythm, beat, or tune it was just noise, but later turned into what we now call music....   [tags: essays research papers] 1068 words
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Lenonard Bernstein - Leonard Bernstein was born in Lawrence, just north of Boston, on Sunday, August 25, 1918. Bernstein was named Louis at birth, after his mother&#8217;s grandfather, but at the age of sixteen he had it formally changed to Leonard, or Lenny. As a child, Bernstein was sick very often with asthma and hay fever. Perhaps due to these and many other medical conditions, Bernstein preferred to be alone. He didn&#8217;t care to spend much time with his family or even with his peers. Most likely because of this self-isolation, Bernstein&#8217;s passion for music developed at a young age....   [tags: essays research papers] 1034 words
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Schoenbergs Response Towards The Progressive Music - The eighteenth centuries are reasonably described as an era of musical common practice, when composers of different nationalities and temperaments nonetheless wrote music that was stylistically and structurally similar in important respects. however, in contrast, the twentieth century has been a period of great and increasing diversity of both style and structure. More specifically, music criticism has divided twentieth century music into two opposing groups; the neoclassical and the progressive.This view has remained influential up to the present day....   [tags: essays research papers] 1297 words
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The Music of Isaac Albeniz - Isaac Albéniz was a nationalist composer, and one of the greatest composers Spain has ever produced. Among the many musicologists who have researched and written about the music of Albéniz, and the many pianists who have had occasion to comment on it, there is universal agreement regarding the artistic merit of his magnum opus, Iberia. Its rich harmonic vocabulary, rhythmic complexity, extensive dynamic range, and the ambitiousness of its architectural design are indeed praiseworthy; and in most respects, Iberia is a quantum leap forward from Albéniz's earlier works in the nationalist style....   [tags: essays research papers] 1722 words
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Haydn and Mozart - Between the years 1782 and 1785, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote six string quartets which were dedicated to his friend and fellow composer, Joseph Haydn. These quartets, known as the "Haydn Quartets," were among Mozart's "first six masterpieces in the medium" (Keller, 64). In composing these works, Mozart was inspired by Haydn's recently published Opus 33, which is also a set of six string quartets. When Haydn wrote his Opus 33 in 1781, it was the first time he had written for the string quartet in a period of ten years....   [tags: Music] 1988 words
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Various Important Parts of History - Various Important Parts of History Baron de Montesquieu- A Frenchnoble author who published and wrote The Spirit of the Laws. He was the man who led most of the beliefs that were later transformed into the Constitution. He helped start checks and balances. 1689-1755 Francois Voltaire- The French author known for such works as Candide and many other novels. He is the only philisoph to succesfully make the enlightenment popular among the masses. He was imprisoned twice and expelled from France multiple times for his antimonarchist views....   [tags: Papers] 1494 words
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Copland - Copland Copland wrote a ballet about one of the most famous "western gangsters" in history: Billy the Kid. The work was written in 1938 and remained popular for over a decade. Unfortunately, his works are no longer heard or performed often enough today. In my opinion, Copland is one of the greatest American performers in music history, but he is not given the recognition he deserves by today's society. By looking at Copland's works and analyzing his "Billy the Kid," the necessary proof of his greatness will, without question, show the fact that he is one of the greatest American composers of all time....   [tags: Papers] 852 words
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Richard Wagner and Opera - Richard Wagner and Opera One of the key figures in the history of opera, Wagner was largely responsible for altering its orientation in the nineteenth century. His program of artistic reform accelerated the trend towards organically conceived, through-composed structures, as well as influencing the development of the orchestra, of a new breed of singer, and of various aspects of theatrical practice. As the most influential composer during the second half of the nineteenth century, Richard Wagner's conception of music remains very much with us even a century after his death....   [tags: Papers] 806 words
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James Weldon Johnson - James Weldon Johnson The author of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" (often called "the Negro National Anthem"), James Weldon Johnson had a long career as a creative writer, black leader, teacher, lawyer, diplomat, and executive secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Through his writing he protested racial injustice, encouraged black achievement, and added immeasurably to the wealth of American literary art. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Johnson attended Atlanta University through graduate school....   [tags: Papers] 1226 words
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Joseph Franz Haydn - Joseph Franz Haydn *Missing Works Cited* He is considered by some people to be one of the most famous composers of the classical period. His career grew with the development of classical style and forms, with the symphony, sonata, string quartet, and other instrumental forms, in the moulding of which he played an important part. Joseph Haydn was born in Rohrau in 1732, the son of a wheelwright, he trained as a chorister at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, where he made an early living. He worked as a freelance musician, playing the violin and the keyboard instruments, accompanying for singing lessons given by the composer Porpora, who helped and encouraged him ( Boynick, 1)....   [tags: Papers] 803 words
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History of Harmony - History of Harmony In the words of British composer Thomas Beckman the harpsichord is, "The sound of harmony in composition." At onetime or another most everyone has heard the piano, not so with the harpsichord. In comparison with the piano hardly anyone has heard the harpsichord or could recognize it. A question begins to form—what role did the piano orchestrate in the curtain call of the once popular harpsichord. To begin, a harpsichord is an early keyboard instrument that vaguely resembles a piano—the resemblance between the two ends there....   [tags: Papers] 945 words
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Creating a Musical Piece - Creating a Musical Piece Named after 3.5 players of the modern Chelsea squad, the ‘Sambacudi-Gallasoterry-Lampardo’ was created after 5 weeks of non-stop creation, imagination and notation. Our goal was to create a new Dance which would be performed. The coursework was led buy Southampton University’s world famous Michael Finnessy, who is what you might call an expert on music. Our piece had to be under three minutes, but time was not a major priority. We were instructed to use four different instruments: the piano, the clarinet, any type of saxophone and any sort of percussion....   [tags: Papers] 535 words
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The Effect of the Lyrical and Musical Reciprocation in Bach Cantatas 106 and 80 - The Effect of the Lyrical and Musical Reciprocation in Bach Cantatas 106 and 80 Johann Sebastian Bach was an 18th century composer, not a theologian, yet there are few men in the history of the world who have so thoroughly captured God’s character and even fewer still who have so passionately impressed that character upon men’s hearts. While the music or lyrics of his cantatas alone are often enough to stir a man to action or reduce him to tears, it is the relationship between the two that truly seems to reflect all that encompasses God’s greatness....   [tags: Papers] 1688 words
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Charles Mingus in the 1950s - Charles Mingus in the 1950s Charles Mingus is one of the most original and influential jazz composers of the twentieth century. He created the second-largest volume of jazz work after Duke Ellington (McDonough 20), and is the first African-American composer to have his work acquired by the Library of Congress (Harrington B1). Mingus is known for his unusual style of composing and playing, which attempted to reconcile jazz improvisation with orchestration, in order for the final composition to conform most closely to his vision....   [tags: Biography Bio Jazz]
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Tito Puente's Latin Music - Tito Puente's Latin Music When deciding what to focus on for our final presentation, we knew it had to be of interest to both of us, as well as something we would want to share with our students. Growing up in “traditional” Hispanic households where we heard cultural music, we decided our project would stem from that....   [tags: Puente Music Hispanic] 975 words
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Emma/Clueless - EMMA & CLUELESS Both Emma in Jane Austen's Emma and Cher in Amy Heckerling's Clueless portray symbolical manifestations and representational products of their social environment. Each of their social contexts are established by the composers' distinctions and parallels of values, ethics, settings and mediums used. In observing Jane Austen's Emma and Amy Heckerling's Clueless one if forced to observe the paralleled values in both texts. These values assist in confirming the social, historical and cultural contexts within both texts....   [tags: Character Book Comparison Jane Austen Heckerling] 1752 words
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tempcolon Essay on European Colonization in The Tempest - The Theme of European Colonization in The Tempest           The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries were distinguished times, in which new thoughts and great legends were being born and Europe was changing. People were seeing their world in a new, dazzling light. Humanity's greatest writers, scientists, and composers were beginning to share their gifts. However, underneath these artistic overtones were the political changes, too. There was a New World out there, and its potential was undefined and many countries overlooked its capabilities....   [tags: Tempest essays]
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The Character of Jones's Daughter in Williams’ Taking Care - The Character of Jones's Daughter in Williams’ "Taking Care" Two Works Cited In the short story, "Taking Care", by Joy Williams, a preacher deals learns to deal with his wife being in the hospital with a rare blood disease as well as taking care of his granddaughter while his daughter is away. His daughter, playing only a small role in the story, is still a rather round character. The author, Williams, depicts the characteristics of Jones's daughter very carefully through her actions....   [tags: Williams Taking Care Essays] 1068 words
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Technology - MP3 and Music - Digital Recording and Distribution - The Possibilities and Problems of Digital Recording and Distribution      Abstract: This essay deals with the creative possibilities generated by the influx of inexpensive and easy to use digital recording software, hardware, and digital distribution techniques.  One of the main themes of the essay is the problem of upholding creativity and artistic integrity in an unmediated digital environment.    What would you say if I told you that I had bought entire paragraphs of this paper online?  You would probably accuse me of plagiarism and disregard the contents of the essay.  However, many contemporary composers and their listeners consider the practice of buying digital "loops" of music for use in compositions completely acceptable.  Over the past two decades, the implementation of computers in the recording industry has greatly lessened the cost of high quality recording.  This reduction in cost has elicited an extreme change in the music recording process: Instead of spending hours and thousands of dollars in the studio, musicians can now record high quality music in their own homes.  While conferring recording power to the musician should in theory augment the creativity of the recording process, the present state of the digital music community proves that this is not the case.  Economical recording equipment, combined with effortless digital production and distribution, has generated a large digital music community with no legal or quality control standards.  This lack of standards has triggered a depreciation in the quality and originality of the work produced by the music community.    The decreased cost and increased independence of digital music production and distribution allows greater creative flexibility for musicians.  Historically, one could only record high quality audio in large recording studios at hourly rates, which were prohibitively high for amateur musicians to afford.  However, modern technology has made it possible to package many of the features of large recording studios into small digital recording consoles, which amateur musicians can afford.  The price of one of these consoles, the Tascam Digital Portastudio 788, at Musiciansfriend.com, is $899.99 [1].  This console, although seemingly expensive, is much more cost-effective than paying for an entire studio, and can achieve nearly the same results.  The real benefit of a digital recording console, however, is the creative control it bestows upon musicians.  Instead of having a producer who dictates how the recording should sound, the musician becomes the producer, giving him complete control over all aspects of the composition.  Additionally, because of the cost of studio recording, a musician's time in the studio is usually limited.  However, with a personal digital recording console, one can freely experiment with new ideas without time constraints.  While this unmediated recording environment theoretically provides an artist with unlimited creative flexibility, it also allows for detrimental misuse in the form of non-original composition, which can negate the creative possibilities of this new artistic process....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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Analysis of A Perfect Ganesh - A Perfect Ganesh Analysis of the play elements. The author: Terrence Mcnally’s career began in the New York off-off-Broadway boom of the late 1960s. Most of his 60’s plays are not really relevant although some are funny. However, during the 70’s his plays began to get recognition. Nowadays, his plays are performed in off-Broadway theaters and he is known as the author of tragicomic plays, filled with breadth and depth. He still lives in New York and is one of the America best playwrights. He is the author of numerous plays, including Master Class and Love....   [tags: Perfect Ganesh Essays] 2310 words
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Love and Death in The Epic of Gilgamesh - Love and Death in The Epic of Gilgamesh Abstract: The most interesting stories invariably are about love and death. These two themes underlie the Epic of Gilgamesh, a mythic tale of the quest for immortality. Gilgamesh, profoundly affected by the death of his friend Enkidu at the hands of the gods, questions the injustice of life. Finding no answer, he of course tries to change—indeed, eliminate—the question by seeking immortality. The following essay examines Gilgamesh and Enkidu’s relationship, and the effect of Enkidu’s death on Gilgamesh....   [tags: Epic Gilgamesh]
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The Evolution of Rock Music - The Evolution of Rock Music In this essay, I'm going to introduce to the reader a topic not touched a lot because of its complexity and its avoidance by conservative adults. This topic is, of course, Rock Music. During one week, I looked for information in the library and at my house, and from the information I gathered and my one knowledge about the topic, I'm going to lead the reader to a better understanding of Rock n' Roll. I chose to do Rock music because I can identify myself with it. Rock music is very complex....   [tags: American America History] 1237 words
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Cooking as a Social Function - Cooking as a Social Function In Women and Economics, Charlotte Perkins Gilman directly addressed the notion of work divided along sexual lines. Her analysis, however, refutes the modern idea that the sexual divisions of labor are driven by a comparative advantage to working in the household or in the market. In spite of some overtones of biological essentialism in her argument, in the form of the abundant nature metaphors, Gilman ultimately proposed a society where the household work and the market are indistinguishable from one another....   [tags: Women Economics Culture Essays]
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Paris in the 1920’s – “The Lost Generation” - Paris in the 1920’s – “The Lost Generation” Between the end of the First World War and Hitler's seizure of power a cultural explosion occurred in Paris that altered our notions of art and reality and shaped our way of viewing the world ever since. In the 1920's, Paris became the undisputed international capital of pleasure and was regarded as the cultural and artistic center of Europe with a reputation for staging one of its most glamorous eras, as well as some of the most spectacular revues in the world....   [tags: History France Paris Fitzgerald Hemingway Essays]
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Bach's Art of the Fugue - Bach's Art of the Fugue The silence hangs heavily in the air, creating a single moment where one can feel the weight of the absence of sound. But a lone D cuts through the stillness, a flicker of light amidst black oblivion. It is followed by eleven other notes, a simple melody, but one that will be the very core of one of the greatest musical masterpieces to ever be conceived. This twelve-note melody becomes entwined and enveloped in an intricate accretion of variations, counterpoints, and modified themes, all based on the original twelve-note motif....   [tags: Music Musical Essays Bach]
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Perfectionism and Eating Disorders - Perfectionism and Eating Disorders Many extreme pressures exist in modern society which directly affect a large number of the population to the point of extremity. In an age of high technology, rapid development, and intense social pressure, the pressure to be the best of the best prevails. Many people succumb to the pressure in a variety of ways, some beneficial, and some detrimental. Eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa in part result from an intense pressure to achieve the perfect ideal body weight and physical appearance....   [tags: Self Image Esteem Health Papers]
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Music in the Classroom - Music in the Classroom In Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences there are eight main intelligences of varying degrees in every person. In schools today linguistic and logical intelligences are most strongly stressed leaving the other intelligences to be used outside the classroom. Sometimes even scheduled time for the usage of other intelligences is ignored: “Often teachers even let pupils do their homework in the periods that are assigned to class music while they occupy themselves with other activities such as completing the attendance register,” (Van der Lind 610)....   [tags: Education Learning Papers]
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Creativity and Bipolar Disorder - Creativity and Bipolar Disorder History has always held a place for the "mad genius", the kind who, in a bout of euphoric fervor, rattles off revolutionary ideas, incomprehensible to the general population, yet invaluable to the population's evolution into a better adapted species over time. Is this link between creativity and mental illness one of coincidence, or are the two actually related. If related, does heightened creative behavior alter the brain's neurochemistry such that one becomes more prone to a mental illness like bipolar disorder....   [tags: Bipolar Creative Creativity Essays]
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The Overlooked Richness of the Recitatives of Bach's Cantata 78 - The Overlooked Richness of the Recitatives of Bach's Cantata 78 In "Expressivity in the Accompanied Recitatives of Bach's Cantatas," George J. Buelow writes that although many of the distinguishing properties of Bach's music have been studied over the years, few scholars have examined Bach's recitatives or have given them proper credit. He notes that these recitatives generally either are ignored by musical scholarship or are briefly discussed with "general errors" or "confusion." 1 For example, he cites Jack Westrup as stating that Bach's recitatives are "basically an adaptation of the idioms of Italian opera" (19), and he mentions others who term them "improvisatory" or unrelated to the text....   [tags: Bach George Buelow Music Essays]
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Holding Onto Reality - Holding Onto Reality For me, Holding On to Reality, by , does just that: grabs on to the realest, most relatable ideas about the Information Age, and refuses to let go. I have had a difficult time talking and writing about Borgmann. For our class listserv responses, I felt like I had nothing to comment on. In our class discussions, I had a hard time figuring out what everyone was talking about. Borgmann’s writing style (and diction and even content) is clear and straightforward, and it leaves me at a loss for anything to interpret or explicate....   [tags: Albert Borgmann Technology Essays] 982 words
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The Golden Ratio - The Golden Ratio Certain pictures, objects, and animals appeal to the human mind more than others. Proportions and images of symmetry often contribute to our fascination with them. Often, when examined carefully, you may find a common “coincidence” between man made objects and those found naturally in nature. This fluke, however, may be used to ascertain various mathematical relationships between these objects. This paper will introduce the golden ratio and weigh its significance on math, art, and nature....   [tags: Mathematics Numbers Phi Essays]
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Musical Expression and Musical Meaning in Context - Musical Expression and Musical Meaning in Context 1. Some preliminaries. There is a growing body of work in the philosophy of music and musical aesthetics that has considered the various ways that music can be meaningful: music as representational (that is, musical depictions of persons, places, processes, or events); musical as quasi-linguistic reference (as when a musical figure underscores the presence of a character in a film or opera), and most especially, music as emotionally expressive....   [tags: Music Philosophy Essays]
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