Alongside Young, Riley, and Glass, Steve Reich is a lofty name in the formation of American minimalistic music (Mertens, 11). Throughout the 1960s, these composers helped push the boundaries of music as they fused elements of classical, jazz, rock/pop, and world music.
Musicians and composers during World War II Music is loved by nearly everyone around the world; learning about composers and what they have been through can develop your understanding of music today. World War II certainly helped sculpt the face of music and of the composers of that time. The war affected German, American and French composers and musicians; causing them to write hateful music, or live with fear of writing any music at all. While many countries in Europe were celebrating the freedom to listen to any music they wanted, the Nazi Party was taking over Germany. The music that was listened to in Germany had to be approved by the Nazis.
...t that is what made it truly beautiful because it conveyed a picture. All of the pieces I heard made me think about the music itself, and wonder what the composer was picturing as he wrote.
Loesser’s music reflects American society including relationship practices as well as the heightened sense of nationalism throughout the Depression and the war. Loesser had just entered into Tin Pan Alley music when the depression hit. While the depression played a role economically it did not hinder the cultural advances because people looked to music as a source of entertainment. Due to the popular dances of the time courtship and romantic relationships were a vital part to maintain moral across the nation. Due to the lack of money flow people looked for cheap entertainment like listening to music, radio shows, playing sports, or dancing. These activities often involved partners and when mean were successful it made them more desirable. Throughout
Richard Strauss was known for being able to portray incredible stories with his music incredibly well. Every part of his writing is so descriptive that even Strauss said that he could “describe a soup spoon” in his music. Program music became so popular and still is for just that reason; a master composer like Strauss can tell any story in a musical format that people enjoy.
Music influences many people, positively and negatively, these are the views that people have on how music affects them. The main thing that causes people to think the way that they do when it comes to music is that the vast majority of artists of the most popular genre of the time are sending bad messages that are influencing people that want to be considered “cool”, different, and do things that are morally incorrect and illegal. Many genres have negative messages that influence people to do what most people would consider wrong. Many people blame one specific genre for being the one that influences people in a negative manor but it is multiple genres. Many people also believe that certain genres are giving off positive messages to their children and relatives, but in actuality they are listening to music that gives off a message that could convince them to do something that is illegal or dangerous, maybe even both. Many artists use extremely vulgar language in the lyrics of their songs and they couldn’t care less about who hears it as long as they make a large abundance of money, when that happens, kids that are in middle and elementary school that are easily manipulated at that age can hear the songs and start using the language that they hear in the song in their everyday vocabulary while supporting the person or group that is making the music that the kids are hearing is causing them do things that they know are wrong. “Don't buy into the perverted spin that casts debasement be it in a song or video as free speech.” (Borowski, John F) Many artists write music about doing things that are illegal such as doing drugs, drinking alcoholic beverages and getting drunk every day, or causing bodily harm to a person that they do not like because of the way that they dress, maybe even murdering somebody. Kids help the type of artists that condone the negative message that
One of my long-standing philosophical ‘worries’ is what I describe as a ‘cognitive dilemma’ in relation to musical communication. How can an art form which lacks a discursive element and addresses itself primarily and indeed immediately to the auditory sense, be discerned as conveying ‘truth’ or ‘profundity’? The power is amply attested — so much so that alone among the arts music occasionally figures as a ‘surrogate religion’. The pieces of this kaleidoscope — ideas culled from Schopenhauer, Langer, Jung and others — did not fall together until recently after reading Peter Kivy’s Music Alone, an account of his quest for musical profundity which ends (as he confessed) in failure, but from whose dissection of the presuppositions I gained a platform for a synthesis of my own.
Amy Beach was a very famous and influential composer and pianist from New Hampshire, United States. She fought long and hard to get to where she got in her lifetime. Back in the late 1800’s, it was hard for women to get noticed because they believe that their role in society was to stay at home and take care of the family. Amy Beach defeated all the odds of a female gender role in her lifetime. She became a role model for young girls wanting to become a composer or becoming anything they wanted to be, as long as they fought for it. She has made an enormous impact on music in America. The following paper will discuss Beach’s life, her struggles, her musical training, how her music was shaped by the society she lived in and famous compositions