His Great grand dad was actor and manager, Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree. His mom was an actress, folk singer and a harp player. His dad, Denys Parsons, was a pianist and flautist, as well as the author of many books. Alan liked to mess around with live audiences in his late teens as a folk and blues acoustic player, and lead guitarist
The Who formed in London in 1964, but did not gain notoriety until the late 1960’s. Their members included Pete Townsend (lead guitar, vocals), Keith Moon (drums), John Entwistle (bass guitar, vocals), and Roger Daltrey (lead vocals). For The Who, it was the way Townshend jumped in the air with his guitar, using a windmill motion to strum. It was also Keith Moon, kicking his drums, Entwistle standing in one place the whole show, or the thuggish, yet sexual manner in which Daltrey canvassed the stage. The Who has sold over one hundred million records (Rolling Stone Magazine).
Aaron Copland Aaron Copland was one of the most respected American classical composers of the twentieth century. By incorporating popular forms of American music such as jazz and folk into his compositions, he created pieces both exceptional and innovative. As a spokesman for the advancement of indigenous American music, Copland made great strides in liberating it from European influence. Today, twenty two years after his death, Copland’s life and work continue to inspire many of America’s young composers, which shows the true power of his musical skill. Though Copland began writing his music in the mid 1920s it was in 1935 with “El Salón México” that Copland began his most productive and popular years.
As time went by, selling millions of hit records and producing such great masterpieces like Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Master of Reality, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, and so on, they approached their lifetime dream as becoming a band that would change people’s perspectives in music. In the 80’s, Ozzy went to become a solo artist and to form his band Ozzy Osbourne. Making such hit songs like Crazy Train, Bark At The Moon, Flying High Again, and loads more, he had made a legend out of himself. He sure changed my interpretation about music and is one of my biggest influences. This novel really helped me learn more about Ozzy, and really made me think how legendary he was.
I never knew that so many bands were formed during this era and that each one had very talented musicians from all walks of life. I enjoyed reading about Lester Young whose father was a minstrel-show musician. Lester Young played with Walter Page’s “Blue Devils” and “The Bennie Moten-George Lee Band”. Some of Young’s idols growing up were Frankie Trumbauer and Bix Beiderbecke. Lester Young joined the Fletcher Henderson orchestra to replace Coleman Hawkins but didn’t stay very long due to his lack of loud, resonant, and vibrato-laden tone that Hawkins displayed as referred to on (p.265).
During the late 80’s and early 90’s glam bands and there style began to dissappear as alternative rock took the front. Alternative rock led the way through the 90’s and we can thank it for the styles and ideas of today. Rock’n’roll has paved the way for all the styles and sounds of the past 60 years. Almost all modern music genres splintered off this rebellion from the 50’s. If Mr. Alan Freed had not brought this sound to the mainstream society would not be what it is
There was also a specific layout for symphonies, which, according to classical standards, should have four movements, with the last being a spectacular show of the skills of the composer and the performers, producing a breath-taking grand finale. Dmitri Shostakovich was born in St Petersburg on the 25 September 1906, and began attending what was then the Petrograd conservatory at the age of 13 to study piano and composition(Richards, 2008, p203). He later went on to become one of the most important composers of the 20th century. In his time at the Conservatory (now the St Petersburg Conservatory) he will have been well schooled in the composition techniques of the classical era, and it is very possible it is here that he found his ‘idol’ in Beethoven. In his String Quartets, Shostakovich uses all the traditional instrumentation.
Daddy-O and Because They're Young brought his original music to the big theatres, but he was soon typecast doing comedies. His efforts in the genre helped guarantee his work on William Wyler's How to Steal a Million, however, a major picture that immediately led to larger projects. Of course, his arrangements continued to get him a lot of attention and he won his first Oscar for adapting Fiddler on the Roof. During the 1970s, John Williams was King of Disaster Scores with The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake and The Towering Inferno. His psychological score for Images remains one of the most innovative works in soundtrack history.
Ball State University: MUHI 100 John Williams: America’s Composer Jason Porter 12/7/2014 Abstract In 1932, many Americans were finding themselves as a victim of the Great Depression and chose to elect Franklin Delano Roosevelt as the new president. But on February 8, 1932, one lucky set of parents were able to welcome their son John Towner Williams to the world. John Williams might sound like a familiar name to you, and that’s for good reason. Williams is one of the best-known and awarded composers in US history. Having composed scores for the films Jaws, E.T., Schindler’s List, the Star Wars trilogy, and Superman, Williams has become almost a household name for Americans and has made his name as easy to think of as the likes of John Phillips Sousa, Lenard Bernstein, and Aaron Copland.
The new era of America Imagine the time of the free spirited hippies, impeachment of President Richard Nixon, when the allied forces were pulled out of Vietnam after a 10 year war, when The Rolling stones and Led Zeppelin were just small bands trying to make it in the new era of “rock and roll”. Envision a world where drugs were the newest fad and video games, computers, and televisions were only a new experiment that many people didn’t even possess in their homes is a difficult idea to process because it was in fact decades ago. The 1970’s was one of the most creative and monumental decades America has seen. The decade America is currently in is one of no name, some call it the new millennium, other call it the thousands and some simply say it’s the decade between 2000-2009. Whatever decade America is in is vastly different from the decade of the seventies and yet similar in ways most people overlook.