Unit 1 Listening Assignment Chapter 1 1.) Title - "Mood Indigo" Artist - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Composer - Billy Strayhorn Musical Traits - The beat that the instruments play is what the song actually gets it's title from. Indigo, being another word for blue, is something of a sad, sobbing feeling. The notes the piano, saxophone, and trumpets play give off a "blue/indigo" or sad vibe, creating a blue mood to the song. Topic of Lyrics - There aren't any lyrics, just an instrumental song played by Duke and his band.
In the bridge, high bowed strings, sometimes using harmonics and tremolo, add a countermelody. Orchestration There are five woodwind players who double up: Clarinet and saxophone Two horns Three trumpets Two trombones Seven violins Four cellos Two double basses Drum kit Percussionists Piano Electric and accoustic guitar Structure The song does not follow a conventional verse-chorus structure, but has several musical ideas and sections that recur. The structure is: Introduction Section A Section B Section B1 Section A 1 Outro [fades
The song Now in Our Lives is more relaxed and romantic compared to his other quick, strong be-bop songs. The majority of the song consists of low, sluggish melodies. However, there are many parts throughout the song that have many fast notes played. There are quite a few changes in rhythm throughout the piece which stimulates the piece. There’s a nice piano, bass and drum accompaniment that help to establish the laid-back feel of the music.
On the repeat, the soloist joins the orchestra.) VOCAL MUSIC OF THE CLASSICAL PERIOD OPERA 1) 2) 3) 4) DRAMA THAT IS SUNG IT COMBINES VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC WITH PEOTRY AND DRAMA, ACTING AND PANTOMIME, SCENERY AND COSTUMES IT USES A) SOLOISTS B) ENSEMBLES C) CHORUS D) ORCHESTRA E) SOMETIMES DANCING ELEMENTS OF OPERA A) RECITATIVE (EXPLANATIONS NECESSARY TO THE PLOT) B) ARIA (RELEASES THE EMOTIONAL TENSION. THIS IS WHERE THE SINGER SHOWS OFF THEIR VIRTUOSITY C) OVERTURE (USUALLY BEGINS OPERA AND NEW ACTS D) INTERLUDES (KNOWN AS SINFONIAS DURING PERIODBOCCUR BETWEEN SCENES) E) LIBRETTOBTHE WORDS SUNG DURING THE OPERA WERE WRITTEN BY ANOTHER PERSON CALLED A LIBRETTIST) ORATORIO 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) DESCENDED FROM THE RELIGIOUS PLAY-WITH-MUSIC FIRST ONES WERE SACRED OPERAS LATER ONES LEFT THE STAGE LARGE SCALE MUSICAL WORKS (GENERALLY BASED ON A BIBLICAL STORY) PERFORMED IN A CHURCH OR HALL WITHOUT SCENERY, ACTING, OR COSTUMES
It symbolizes the fast-paced, energetic, intricate New York and East Coast lifestyle. On the other hand, Funky jazz is somewhat simple, with simple melodies, simple chord progressions and simple forms. Though these two different types of hard bop are rather different, they still convey the same musical feeling of rhythm, groove and emotional passion. Of the many people who contributed to this new form of jazz, the two most memorable of
Dixieland jazz began in New Orleans and spread throughout the United States from 1917 to 1930. Dixieland is upbeat and loud with many jazz rhythms. Dixieland usually consisted of a lead trumpet, a clarinet, a saxophone, a trombone, a string bass, a piano and a drum. The bass and drum play on the down beats of one and three, while the piano plays fast chords and the clarinet, trumpet play melody and the saxophone and trombone play countermelody. Dixieland doesn’t generally use vocals, but is expressed through dynamics and rhythms.
Swing music, or simply Swing, is a form of American music that developed in the early 1930s and became a distinctive style by 1940. Swing uses a strong rhythm section of double bass and drums as the anchor for a lead section of brass instruments such as trumpets and trombones, woodwinds including saxophones and clarinets, and sometimes stringed instruments such as violin and guitar, medium to fast tempos, and a "lilting" swing time rhythm. The name swing came from the phrase ‘swing feel’ where the emphasis is on the off–beat or weaker pulse in the music (unlike classical music). Swing bands usually featured soloists who would improvise on the melody over the arrangement. The danceable swing style of big bands and bandleaders such as Benny Goodman was the dominant form of American popular music from 1935 to 1946, a period known as the Swing Era.
9) Hoedown – A portion of a square dance. Were also in fast tempo with two beats to the measure 10) Arrangement (Musical) - Composers find songs that they consider worth arranging for concert or recital hall performance. They leave the original melody largely intact and devise accompaniment for piano or orchestra. 11) Spiritual- A religious song unaccompanied by a choir, usually associated with African American churches. 12) Gutbucket- Is an inverted washtub with a rope pulled through it, which is connected to a stick.
The members are Michael Gil (guitar and percussion), Manuel Clua (flute), Yuri Escobar (percussion), Gerardo Guerra Santana (bass), Emigdio Perez (electric guitar), Geordany Caraces (vocalist) and Eduardo Popy Ramos (percussion). The interesting part about their music is the fusion of genres, including elements of Brazilian music, jazz and classic music. What caught my attention the most was how the band make the audience mentally transport to Cuba and created the sensation that we were in a Cuban’ Theater. Some of the songs performed were Story playin (drum negrita), Climbing the Mountain, Vals, Eru aye, Caracteristicas de la danza (rumba), Caravan and Jaw harp.The highnesses of the instruments accompanied with the vocalist create a sensation of life and energy. The vocalist was scatting all the instruments that they used in each piece.