Week_1 - 1 Music 222 Study Questions Week 2 Informational...

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1 Music 222 Study Questions, Week 2 Informational questions: Heads-up! Beginning this week, you’ll be asked to identify assigned listenings when they’re played in  section. 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?   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? 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? 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? Instrumental jazz musicians have long had an intimate, but at times grudging, association with singers.  Given the stunning popularity of Classic Blues recordings in the 1920s, would you argue that the  Twenties should be known as the Blues Age rather than the Jazz Age?  On what basis could this be  argued, and on what basis could it be rejected?   How to do the assignment: Let’s make up a couple questions, for demonstration purposes.  First, an  Informational Question What is Tin Pan Alley (Garofalo ch. 1)? How to approach the answer: First, look at Garofalo’s first mention of Tin Pan Alley, on p. 15.  He says, by way of definition, that  the sheet music industry prior to the late 1800s had been “a previously scattered conglomeration of  songwriters and publishers” that converged near Broadway and 28 th  street.  The resulting noise of  “tinny output of the upright pianos there” prompted the name.  Garofalo goes on, at various points in 
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This note was uploaded on 09/12/2008 for the course AM ST 105 taught by Professor Stevenpond during the Spring '08 term at Cornell.

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