Week_1 - 1 Music 1313 Study Questions Week 1 Informational...

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1 Music 1313 Study Questions, Week 1 Informational questions: Heads-up! Beginning next week, you’ll be asked to identify assigned listenings when they’re played in  section. Listen to the two versions of “Maple Leaf Rag,” by Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton.  You’ll find  them in the Music Library listening stations (best quality) or on the Blackboard website (good quality) —from the home page menu, choose Assignments  Listenings [song title].  How would you   describe the difference in the basic rhythm?  Is there a difference in how you might expect to dance to  each of them? Review Szwed, pp. 28 (bottom)-30 (top). Compare his discussion of “tempo,” “beat,” “meter,” and  “beat sub-division” with the  Grove Dictionary of   Jazz ’s 1  discussions of the same terms.  Define one of  the terms yourself. Conceptual questions:  A common way of thinking about improvisation is “spontaneous composition;” conversely,  saxophonist Wayne Shorter famously describes composition as “improvisation slowed down.”  Szwed  (pg. 45) says that “the distinction between improvisation and composition” is not… clear-cut.”  What  are the essential differences between composing and improvising?   Jazz musicians often characterize improvisation as musicians “having a conversation.”  In what ways  does the analogy to conversing hold true?  In ways does it not?    How to do the assignment: Let’s make up a couple questions, for demonstration purposes.  First, an  Informational Question What is a “break” (see Szwed 30)? How to approach the answer: First, look at Szwed, pg. 30.  He says, “The  break —which Jelly Roll Morton said was essential to jazz —is a short suspension of the accompaniment while the soloist or melody instruments continue  playing.  The effect it creates I one of tension release, but when the rhythm returns it can also suggest  that the whole piece seems to accelerate.”   All you really must  do, for your journal, is paraphrase Szwed, to act as a jumping-off place for  discussion. But that doesn’t guarantee that you understand his definition.  You may need to look a little deeper to  really be clear.  Right away, get used to using two key sources for backing-up or cross-checking the  information:  New Grove Dictionary of Jazz  and  www.allmusic.com .  (Allmusic is best for looking up  1  To find the  New Grove Dictionary of Jazz  on-line, go to the CU Library Gateway Databases General   Information Almanacs,  Dictionaries and Encyclopedias Grove Music.  You can look up each term in
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This note was uploaded on 09/23/2008 for the course MUSIC 1313 taught by Professor Pond, s during the Fall '05 term at Cornell.

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