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Music 005 Notes 4-19 Blue Grass Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys o Formed in 1939 Instrumentation: fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass o Country’s answer to New Orleans jazz? Regular performances on the Grand Ole Opry o The radio as performing venue/advising tool “Why Did You Wander?” (4/11) Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt Virtuosic instrumental playing o Very fast temp, with long strings of flat notes Solo improvisation between the vocal sessions Vocal harmony: the harmony part is above the melody o Thus is a tenor sings the harmony LOTS of repetition: too much? Rhythm and Blues Along with country music( “hillbilly music”), one of the principal ingredients of early rock and roll Music performed by African Americans, for African Americans o The music targeted only that market, but whites discovered it o Large companies where slow to recognize what was happening; small independent companies drove this development (at first) Big Mama Thornton “Hound Dog” (1953) (4/12)
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Unformatted text preview: • How is it different form Elvis’s version? o Stronger blues influence o More relaxed tempo o Suggestive lyrics • What is the same? o 12-bar blues o Verse/chorus form: the same music is used for the verses and the chorus • Composed by a white songwriting team The Byrds, “Mr. Tambourine Man” (1965) (4/13) • A cover of a Bob Dylan song form 1964 • What’s new about the cover version? o Elaborate orchestration o Rich vocal harmonies o Even the acoustic atmosphere is rich (echo) o Bottom line: they Beatle-ized Bob Dylan (in their own opinion) • Why not give the song a real ending? The Album is an experience, not just songs put back to back The Beatles as Collage • Did the Beatles evolve, or did they draw on whatever interested them, regardless of chronology ? • The manipulation of allusions is a principal characteristics of much twentieth-century “art-music”: Debussy, Stravinsky, Bartok, Shostakovich, Mahler, ect...
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