music101 week1-9 3-30-08

music101 week1-9 3-30-08 - 1 Music 101 Study Questions,...

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1 Music 101 Study Questions, Week 2 Informational questions: Listen to “Po’Boy Blues” and “Crossroad Blues”.  Both of them were recorded in the mid- to late- 1930s?  How is the sound quality of these recordings different from what you might expect to hear in a  pre-1925 recording?  Robert Johnson was a loner, but often played duo gigs with other musicians  (Johnny Shines, in Brackett 31-33).  Comparing the recording of “Po’Boy Blues” with “Cross Road  Blues” how might Johnson’s song lend itself more easily to a duet than John Dudley’s?   Higher quality recording (recorded part by part, rather than the whole band  playing into a giant recording horn) Johnson’s song has a more steady beat, and more regular parts, whereas Dudley’s  used heavy improvisation, and would’ve been hard for other artists to follow  along. Why, according to Garafalo (15-16), did Tin Pan Alley not embrace the emerging recording medium?  How did Tin Pan Alley composers and publishers distribute and promote their music in the 1920s? Tin Pan Alley sold sheet music, piano rolls, and player pianos, with the aid of  hawkers. Recording medium did not need sheet music, or piano rolls. They made  player pianos obsolete. Conceptual questions:  Given the title and content of  Clorindy: The Origin of the Cakewalk , why would its instant success  cause Will Marion Cook to enthuse, “Gone was the uff-dah of the minstrel!  Gone the Massa Linkum  stuff!”  What did Cook accomplish and what did he compromise? o Cakewalk was white people trying to imitate black dancers making fun of  white people. It was seen as an embodiment of black power, and a turning  of the tables on white audiences. o “Massa Linkum” = Master Lincoln, as if the black man owed a debt to the  white man (and Abraham Lincoln) o He lost some supporters, who saw him as selling out to white Americans. Go to YouTube and check out the Cakewalk historical footage on  http://www.youtube.com/watch?  (search term: Cakewalk Dance Clips).  Why would the film  company in this 1903 montage place a minstrel cakewalk finale with reveling (white, presumably  middle-class) cakewalking revelers at a crowded beach?   If the blackface minstrel tradition portrayed  comical or sentimental images of plantation antebellum life, how had the cakewalk associations  shifted? o
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