Music 2040 Frank Sinatra Essay

Music 2040 Frank Sinatra Essay - Frank Sinatra: The Voice...

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Frank Sinatra: The Voice of an Era “Frank Sinatra was perhaps one of the first vocalists of the twentieth century to develop the ability to communicate American popular songs to listeners in their most complete form - the music and lyrics presented simultaneously – without ever sacrificing the importance of one for the other . 1 He was undoubtedly one of the most significant icons in popular music history, both for his genius in delivering his music and his star qualities in the eyes of the public . The origins of his musical career can be traced back to his time in Tommy Dorsey’s band from 1940 to 1942 . Although he is most famous and widely known as a popular singer, Sinatra developed unique elements of jazz and swing, and took a seat amongst “The Great Jazz Singers” of the swing era 2 . Sinatra claimed that the majority of his early inspiration came from Tommy Dorsey . He once said that “I studied Tommy, and over the months realized he took very small, subtle breaths out of the side of his mouth . 3 From Dorsey, Sinatra learned the appropriate breathing corresponding to jazz phrasing, and combined his learned elements from Dorsey with the Italian bel canto tradition which was part of his heritage . Specifically, Sinatra developed a signature legato attack and sensitive modulation of vowel sounds 4 . His time in Tommy Dorsey’s band was 1 Fuchs, Jeanne, and Ruth Prigozy, eds . Frank Sinatra: the Man, the Music, the Legend . Rochester: Hofstra University, 2007 . 10. 2 Candelaria, Lorenzo, and Daniel Kingman . American Music: a Panorama . 3rd ed. Belmont: Thomson Schirmer, 2007 . 269. 3 Reich, Howard 65 (1998): 28-30 . International Index to Music Periodicals . 17 Apr. 2008. <http://iimp .chadwyck.com/quick/displayMultiItem.do? .
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a precursor to his 1950’s ballads, some of which were recorded in his 1958 album, Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely . One song from this album is “One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) 5 ,” which was written for the 1943 musical The Sky’s the Limit . Sinatra originally recorded the song in 1947, but his most popular version was recorded in his 1958 album . The song begins with a piano playing at a slow tempo and very softly . The song is set in common time, and with a triplet style . The song is labeled as a moderate ballad, with two eighth notes equal to a quarter note and an eighth note as a triplet 6 . This rhythmic style appears to resemble an aspect of swing . During the first part of the song, the music is in a regular key with no flats or sharps in the key
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