American music is an interesting thing. While America has produced many great composers and
performers in the western European tradition (Aaron Copland, Yo-Yo Ma, etc.) the greatest
artistic contribution made to the world at large by American culture is u
How Composers Compose: Words or Music?
Words or music? Lyrics or beats? Bono or the Edge? Which is more important to a piece of
music? Is the music meant to serve and express the text of a song, or should the text be shaped to
the musical elements of the
When you say something differently, you say something different.
As we delve further into our discussion of performance and interpretation, its important to
understand how the world in which we live influences how we make music. In other words, the
This topic will be centered upon the following quote
To stream or not to stream
Based on your answers to the survey you completed at the beginning of the semester, the vast
majority of you listen to music via online streaming services like Spotify. These
Why do composers compose? Do they simply hear sounds in their heads and write them down?
Or is composition, like any other art form, a craft that can be developed and perfected over time?
For the vast majority of composers, the latter is true.
In order fo
As we continue our discussion of musical performance and style, its important to discuss how
these concepts evolve over time. In the same way that fashion evolves from generation to
generation (for example, you very likely dont dress in the same manner as
I both agree and disagree with some parts of Haynes quote. This ambivalence arises from a couple of
vague and subjective terms that Haynes uses. I dont agree with or understand that music today is the
best of all possible worlds. The issue I have with thi
On my first listening to the piece on YouTube, I really enjoyed it given that I like jazz music without lyrics.
It elevates my mood and changes the way Im feeling at the moment. Along with the superior
composition, I really liked the warm, lossy and degra
For the past 18 years (Im 18), I have lived in the State of Qatar, which is an Islamic state as some
of you might know. Most of my friends were Muslim and I have had quite a deep and varied
view into the world of Islam. Now, Im not an authority on it at a
In my personal opinion, autobiographical music is a branch of sorts from what was the norm
of rhetoric music. I think this divide emerged because of the advent of technology and how it
lead to music becoming more widespread. This argument is especially mo
1) Favorite Discussion Assignment: My favorite discussion assignment was probably the last one
about streaming services. It is extremely relevant to the music industry right now. Also, the
necessity to debate and offer two viewpoints was nice. Another one
Like I have said before in various assignments, I feel that music has evolved to what it is today because of
the people trying to show themselves and their personalities. This may include but is not limited to, how
they feel, their culture, how they and t
What I understood from the phrase Eating the cookbook, is slightly different from what other
thought of it. The analogy is that music notation on a page is like directions given by a cookbook recipe.
The next step is the creation of music as we similarly
Analysis Assignment: Putting Things Together
The principles of Unity and Variety apply to all music, regardless of composition style or
Now that you are familiar with the concepts in the first section of the course (Basic
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