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Unformatted text preview: THE VARIED ROOTS OF ROCK ■ AFRICAN INFLUENCE ■ Most strongly felt in the rhythm of rock ■ Use of percussion instruments and percussive playing techniques ■ riff-like melodic ideas ■ layered textures ■ open forms ROCK ROOTS ■ INFLUENCE OF CLASSICAL MUSIC ■ Mid-19th century popular songs for social dancing were in a simplified art-song style ■ Henry Russell was the most influential songwriter in 1830s-40s Three Important Features From Art Music ■ homophonic texture ■ (the harmonic, chordal backdrop for melody comes from the rules of harmony of art music) ■ clear rhythmic hierarchy ■ (beat division, beat, measure, two and four measure phrases of melody) ■ clearly outlined form ART SONG INSPIRED POPULAR SONG ■ Henry Russell’s ■ “Woodman Spare That Tree” FOLK INFLUENCE ■ Anglo-American folk music ■ Ballads ■ instrumental dance music (jigs, reels, etc.) Features from Anglo-American Folk Music ■ story told in the vernacular (plain, everyday language) ■...
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- Spring '07
- Music, Minstrel show, anglo-american folk music, Henry Russell, traditions Minstrel Music