Written by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, ‘West Side Story’ is a classic American musical based on William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’. The through-composed score and lyrics are used to portray different characters and their cultures, the rivalry between the Jets and Sharks, and the emotions felt as the story progresses. This essay will be exploring the music and how effective the score is in realising the world and characters of the musical. Furthermore, it will discuss how Bernstein and
"America" is a song from the musical West Side Story, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The story is based on Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare, but is set in New York in the 1950s with themes of racial gang warfare. The musical was groundbreaking because of its sophisticated musical style and pioneering dance sequences. The music has elements of opera, musical, jazz and Latin-American dance influences. "America" is one of the most well-known songs from the show, and is
already been leaning leftward since his European trips of 1927 and 1929, was interested in the concepts of finding music to represent and distinguish the working classes of America (Ros 272). This was the extent to Copland’s wishes of radicalism. His essay in a Communist funded periodical Music Vanguard (1935) stated his interest in finding a clear communicative style for the people rather than the political intentions (Ross 275). The Communist party also provided a means of financial support during
At the beginning of the semester, we were asked to write about ourselves in a brief essay. I wrote about who I identified as, what my plans would be for the future and what role music played in my life. In my essay, I was a straight-A student, grew up in a small town, wanted to become a law student, and enjoyed singing as a tool for relaxation. Looking back on what I wrote, I am surprised at how much has changed in such a short period. My major has changed to Sociology, and I feel no need to pursue
later in 1977, embodied a touchstone period in the youth of an entire generation by its economic, political, social and cultural consequences, and still pertains in today's modern age as one of the most important characters in History. Through this essay, the death of Elvis will touch on these elements by outlining the extent to which he changed the face of music as people knew it. By the age of 21, Elvis had already made his first appearance on national television, Presley had become one of the most
He wrote, “After having gone through the Berlioz symphony countless times, at first dumbfounded, then shocked, and at last struck with wonderment.” On the contrary, critic Donald Francis Tovey did not favor Berlioz. In the sixth volume of Tovey’s Essays in Musical Analysis, Tovey delivered a harsh analysis of Berlioz and his Symphonie Fantastique claiming that Berlioz is a “Berlioz.” He coins this term by claiming Berlioz’s compositional process to be full of mistakes and these mistakes are corrected
A Comparison of The Big Sleep and L.A. Confidential For this essay I have taken two films of a similar genre and style from two different cinematic periods and compared them against to attempt to highlight the similarities and differences that will inevitably be present. The two films I have chosen are ‘The Big Sleep’, made in 1946 with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, and ‘L.A Confidential’, made 41 years later in 1997 - with a stellar cast including Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger and Danny
characters rather than see the picture for what it is. Never was there a story of more woe than that of Racism and what we Know! Works Cited Laurents, Arthur. West Side Story. (A musical, based on a conception of Jerome Robbins; music by Leonard Bernstein; lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.) NY: Random House, 1966. Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Volume I. Ed. W. G. Clark and W. Aldis Wright. NY: Nelson Doubleday, Inc., 247-277.