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1 Intro to Music November 13, 2007 Dr. Lee American Music: Antonin Dvorak (1841 – 1904) What is American? What is it? Your answers from yesterday… Vast Geography, Landscape, Nostalgia (“home sweet home”) Technology, industry, urbanism fast pace, speed, skyscraper, noise Diversity How is this reflected in American music? Vast Geography, Landscape, Nostalgia (“home sweet home”) Musical consequences: Rhythm Pitch (Harmony and Melody) Timbre Listen:
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2 Aaron Copland (1900 – 1990) Duo for Flute and Piano (I.) Fanfare for the Common Man (brass) ----------------------------------------------------- Rodeo (“Hoe-Down”) El Salón México (tone poem) Appalachian Spring (ballet) Technology, industry, urbanism (fast pace, speed, skyscraper, noise) Musical consequences: Harmony (SKYSCRAPER CHORDS) Timbre (ELECTRONIC MUSIC) Rhythm (OSTINATO and MINIMALISM) – LISTEN: Short Ride on a Fast Machine by John Adams OSTINATO –
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Unformatted text preview: a musical element (usually rhythmic and melodic) that repeats over and over as an integral part of the musical fabric Minimalism Music that is stripped down to a “basic”, essential element through constant repetition (usually rhythm or pitch) Philip Glass (b. 1937) John Adams (b. 1947) 3 Diversity of styles… European Influence (Post-Romanticism, Military Marches) Folk Music (Stephen Foster) Jazz (African-American heritage) Spiritual, Blues, Ragtime Popular Music (“American standard…”) Innovators (Extended Performance Techniques) Jackson Pollack (1912 – 1956) Drip method “Innovators” Extended Performance Techniques changing the physical technique of performing and/or the instrument itself Henry Cowell (1897 – 1965) John Cage (1912 – 1992) George Crumb (b. 1929) &±²³´µ¶ ·¸ &±²³´µ¶·¸¹º» ·¸ ¹º»²¼º ¶ ³½¾¿ºÀ...
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