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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 Russells 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