Michael Kinsey Mrs. Hill Senior Project/Period 2 5 April 2007 Influence of Chorded Instruments Many chorded instruments have impacted today’s music. The development of chorded instruments like, the banjo, the guitar, and the Autoharp have influenced the music of today in remarkable ways. Even the people that believe that they don’t like chorded instruments, would be surprised at what these instruments have accomplished for many types of music. Without chorded instruments, all types of music would not be the same. It would change dramatically.
Through music, Mozart transformed stereotypes of early Opera Buffa and Commedia dell’Arte into more complicated and realistic characters that his audience in Vienna would appreciate. At the start of Act I, we can immediately see the influence of the Enlightenment in the score. Figaro is measuring a room for bed that he and Susanna will receive as a wedding present. Figaro’s counting is echoed in the orchestra (see figure 1), emphasising the importance of numbers and mathematics. It should be noted that it is Figaro and Susanna are servants, but they are shown self-sufficient; Susanna made her own hat and Figaro seems to have had a basic education.
This era gave birth to some of the most popular and distinguished pieces of art from all of western civilization. In the movie Amadeus, Mozart is depicted as a bit of an eccentric composer. The movie follows him through his childhood when he wrote his first symphonies, up until his abrupt death. The movie shows a human side to the composer that you cannot gain simply by listening to his music. It shows how he struggled while he was alive to earn for his family and profit off of his music.
Musical Expression in a Silent World In many cultures, music can help define many aspects of life, and is an integral part of life. Some cultures have even begun to be defined by their music or the way it is expressed. The question is then posed, what of those cultures in which society assumes music has no place. Do these cultures and sub-cultures indeed lack the rich additives that come with self expression and identification through the art of music? The Deaf culture, even with such counter-examples as Beethoven, has long been assumed to have lack of music integrated into its rich interpersonal and social culture.
Censorship in music is definitely a very touchy subject. A lot of people say it imposes on an artist freedom speech and expression. Others may view at as the best thing to happen to music. Whatever your view to may be, I think we all do agree that censorship in music is both a good thing and a bad thing. From the earliest days of music certain groups have looked down on music they feel is offensive.
The first reason why staying up all night, cramming, is a mistake is because insufficient sleep decreases the ability to remember any new information. Studies show that the brain needs several hours of sleep to solidify the information it’s learned during the day. “Sleep serves not only a restorative function for adolescents’ bodies and brains, but it is also a key time when they process what they’ve learned during the day” (National Sleep Foundation 484). Depriving the brain of sufficient sleep can cause one to be fatigued, disoriented, and even delusional. One needs the recommended amount of sleep in order to prepare and perform well on an exam, which is the primary achievement for students.
According to Martin and Nakayama (2013), despite having any other skills, motivation seems to be most important factor (p. 471). Without motivation to communicate with others, successful relationships will most likely not be formed. Motivation to form relationships with others seems to be innate within humans, so why would motivation be a problem? A major problem that is extremely prevalent today is that more powerful cultures do not feel as if they need to know about other cultures therefore hindering motivation and obstructing the formation of intercultural relationships. The United States is a powerful culture that seems to have an issue finding motivation to learn about cultures of less dominance.
Music is available in many different styles and flavors. Of course some styles are harder to produce than others. Different styles have different levels of complexity and emotion, each of which have a different effect on the state of a person’s brain and abilities. Classical, 18th century pianists such as Beethoven or Mozart would spend years composing music in an innovative, unparalleled in its time, way that could not be easily replicated. In fact, the smoother, more complex progressions classical pianist composed are known to sharpen the mind, increase focus, and encourage a more introspective train of thought.
Knowing the definitions of pitch, timbre, meter and loudness, to name a few, do not help me enjoy music more than what I already do. Even though Levitin defined music as sound reverberations striking the hearing mechanisms of the ear, he goes too into detail when he further describes music. Levitin also stated that the expert language is too complicated and creates a separation between musicians and other people, which is not justified by the writer in my opinion. If the expert language is too enigmatic, then why go into descriptive definitions? I believe that the writer should have started the book by not defining the countless list of musical terms, but rather, he should have answered his question to the title of the first chapter: What is Music?
The first part states, “…purely liberal and republican conceptions of civic identity are seen as frequently unsatisfying to many Americans, because they contain elements that threaten, rather than affirm, sincere, reputable beliefs in the propriety of the privileged positions that whites, Christianity, Anglo-Saxon traditions, and patriarchy have had in the United States (Smith 558).” To me, this says that true liberal ideas such as equality to its fullest extent threaten some groups within American culture. For example, many Christian groups in the United States do not support gay marriage rights because this act is contradictory to their beliefs. Rogers Smith would argue