Essay on Max Steiner and Alfred Newmann

Talk about two composers to pick two films and  music clips on you tube to discuss each composer – pick two major themes for each composer and discuss awards like Academy awards and other compositional awards. Look for their most famous compositions or themes. Tell about the history of the composer and put together a power point presentation.

Country Music and Identity

In MUSIC 117 we examine a variety of styles that are identified under the general understanding of “country music.”. In your final written assignment you are to examine one song that fits your own criteria of “country music” and provide the following:      1. A brief background of the song and its artist, e.g. date of release, album, artist’s bio (very brief)      2. An in-depth analysis of the song’s musical features (melody, harmony, rhythm, form, texture, instrumentation, dynamics)      3. What features make this song distinctively “country” and, most importantly, why?   Your research paper is an original piece of work. It is assumed that all students understand the meaning of plagiarism and that it will not be tolerated in any fashion. Ignorance is no excuse and will not be accepted. If you want to quote the words or use ideas from someone else, you MUST cite your reference and credit the originator of the ideas. Take this seriously because I do. Please see me if you have any questions.

Music Theory

For your final work in this course, craft a large essay using the following criteria: Prepare: Pick a topic studied in our course you found thought-provoking. This may be a general topic, genre, composer, etc. Research your topic using our textbook, online and other print sources and gather interesting points and ideas to use in your essay. Find at least one concert that you watch online to exemplify your topic or a point within your topic. (Note: I normally also allow you to attend a concert in person. At this time, I have removed that option from this project.) Structure your essay as follows: ?     A minimum of 3 pages to a maximum of 5 pages (points will be deducted for going below or above these page limits) ?     Times New Roman 12 pt font ?     Double spaced ?     Normal margins ?     Bibliography (any format style, but be consistent) The bibliography is an additional page and not included in the 3-5 page range for this project.  Choosing your topic: ?     Topic Ideas: ?     A musical period (e.g., Baroque) ?     A major composer (e.g., Beethoven)  ?     A  major genre (e.g., the Symphony… to mean the type of music, not the type of group)  ——————- ?     Choose a topic for which you will be able to find at least four sources: ?     You must include in your report a clickable link to the concert(s) you watch online. ?     Something written about people, cultural impact, groups, etc. related to your topic (book, magazine, etc.). ?    Clickable links to interviews with artists, historians, etc. ?     Your notes from an interview with someone who has personal knowledge of the topic. (A musician, scholar, historian, etc.) Note: Other than the concert you watch (which is specifically required), the list above includes suggestions of what may make up your four sources. Depending on your topic, you may find other types of sources that are appropriate. 

Musical Theatre Discussion

Write a paragraph response to the following question: Pick one of the musicals shown in the selection provided of Broadway: The American Musical. Write a paragraph describing what stood out to you about this musical and why it is important according to the film.

American Popular Music

1. Please provide a very thorough and very detailed summary overview of American Popular music. Create a narrative that successfully addresses the salient elements of this genre of music, one that represents what you believe to be important aspects of AMERICAN POPULAR MUSIC. Please include in your essay significant singers, songwriters, instrumentalists, practices and events that you believe assisted in shaping American popular music 2.  rap music is now over forty years old, older than rock music was when rap emerged. We are overdue for “the coming thing” .What do you believe is the future of Folk, Popular AND Concert music? Please be thoughtful. YOU MUST ADDRESS ALL THREE . INFORMATION FOR QUESTION 2 BELOW YOU CAN CERTAINLY RESEARCH THE INTERNET FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE BE THOROUGH Western music is defined by music deriving from the western hemisphere, to include “the Americas, portions of Europe, Africa, and the extreme eastern portion of Russia (Siberia).” ( The term world music, refers to music that is markedly different in form, function and practice than one’s own music. Clearly this is a subjective term, and should be understood as such. To many parts of the world, the music of the United States may be viewed as “world music”. Concerning western music, there exists three fundamental genres of music: folk, popular, and concert (also referred to as “classical” or “art” music by some). Folk music in this context, should not be confused with the more popular folk music that thrived in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s. To create a distinction between these two types of music, we refer to the more popular folk music of the 50s and 60s as urban folk music. Folk music in this context then, as a fundamental genre of western music, is music that derives from a specific geographic location; the music of a specific group of people in a specific place in the world. It is music that expresses the lives and times of these people, it celebrates their joys and mourns their tragedies. In a way, it can be viewed as a sort of journal for that group of people. Folk music is the music of the common person, usually deriving from the lower socio- economic levels of a given society. Folk music is not the music of the rich and powerful. Folk music is simple and highly repetitive. It is created and not composed, meaning it is not notated, written down music. It is taught and passed on orally. It is created by amateurs for amateurs. Excessively ornate or complex music is not a consideration in the creation of this music. Many times this type of music may serve utilitarian needs for the given group of people, such as work songs, wedding songs or funeral laments. Popular music, as the name implies, is music that is created for the purpose of being accepted and embraced by as many people as possible. For this reason, popular music tends to focus on more universal topics such as love, so that as many people as possible may relate to such music. In this case, this creates a distinction between folk and popular music. However, like folk music, popular music tends to also be more simple and repetitive. Popular music can be created or it can be composed. In popular music there exists a wider array of talent, from extraordinarily gifted performers, singers, or instrumentalists who possess a supreme command of their music abilities, yet have never studied music formally, to those who are equally gifted, yet have studied music formally, and can read and notate music. One aspect of popular music is what is known as “the hook”, meaning that there exists one portion of the song that is attractive, catchy and memorable, easy to remember, so that you are “hooked” after just one hearing of the song. The primary function of popular music is to entertain, but popular music is not limited to only that purpose. Many pop artists, within the context of popular success, do create compelling artistic music. And, many pop artists have chosen to express social/political messages to draw attention to specific issues in a given society. Concert music, commonly referred to as classical music, is probably the most distinct genre of music. It is usually written by very well-trained composers for very well-trained musicians. As a result, concert music tends to be more complex in nature, and this is one reason why concert music has never been as popular as the other two genres. In order to enjoy concert music, one has to know and understand the music better. There is a necessary investment on the listeners part to focus and pay attention to the music in order to fully appreciate and enjoy it. And, while every person likes to be popular and successful, and whereas there are many classical composers, performers and conductors who strive to be very popular, many times composers and performers of concert music are not motivated by popularity or financial gain, but rather by artistic, self expression, at the expense of popularity. Hybrid music is music that may posses qualities of more than one fundamental genre. Crossover music is music that may begin in one genre, but over time may take on qualities and characteristics of another genre. Please do not confuse this term with “crossover” hits in the Billboard Top 100. Finally, sacred/religious/spiritual music may be categorized in any three of the aforementioned genres of western music. And, whereas such music is most definitely a genre of western music, please note that it is not a fundamental genre of music.

Issues in Music

critically compare and contrast the opposing claims regarding the impact of song/file sharing on popular culture, mass media and the music business; 4) present a case for solving the problems that were created by the establishment of song/file sharing

Music Has Powers

Write a 5 paragraph persuasive speech on why or how music can change moods or personality Something that can be explained effectively within a 3 to 5 minute timespan.

Composer Promotion

Assignment Content Continue building on your foundational knowledge of musical elements by exploring music of the baroque period. Complete the assignment to demonstrate your knowledge of this epoch in music history.   Review the Week 2 Listening Guides and select one of the following pairs of baroque composers/pieces: Pair 1: Bach, Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D Major, I (c. 1721) Corelli, Trio Sonata in A Minor, op. 3, no. 10, I OR Pair 2: Handel , “Ev’ry Valley Shall Be Exalted” from Messiah (1741) Purcell, “Dido’s Lament” from Dido and Aeneas (1689)   Imagine your selected composers have hired you to promote their work so they might be booked for more concerts or commissioned by a patron to create a new work. You all are struggling financially. Great promotion leading to work for your clients could mean survival for both of you. You have invited interested patrons and other parties to a promotional presentation on the composers and their work. Compare and contrast the composers and works by discussing the following for each: Identify the form: opera, oratorio, concerto, or trio sonata. Identify the instrumentation of each work. Describe how each work reflects the spirit of the baroque period.   Format your presentation a 10- to 12-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation with speaker notes. The speaker notes should be very detailed and explain the general information on each slide.

Musicians and Society

Consider the impact of Mozart on his own society and his continued impact on society today by doing the following: Conduct some additional research about Mozart. Choose a musical artist from today’s world who you believe is a “modern-day Mozart” of sorts. Include at least one YouTube link to samples of that artist’s music.  Write a brief essay that makes a case for why your chosen artist is comparable to Mozart by responding to the prompts below. Each prompt should be addressed in a separate paragraph.      Please number your responses to make it easier for the instructor to read and grade. Your post must be a minimum of 200 words.   Prompts: Summarize Mozart’s impact on his own society during his lifetime and his continued relevance in our society today. Provide support for your claims from your additional research. Introduce your chosen musical artist, including at least one example of his/her music. Compare your chosen musical artist’s life and musical influence on society with that of Mozart.  Explain why you believe your chosen musical artist will still be relevant and/or worthy of being studied 200 years in the future. This explanation must be clearly supported by a minimum of two credible sources that support the cultural relevance and/or societal impact of your chosen artist. If you are unsure what a credible source is, please visit (Links to an external site.).  Use in-text citations and include a works cited list in MLA, APA, or Chicago style.

Music Discussion Questions

1) DINNERTIME! It is 1937 in New York, and you have somehow been able to invite four people to dinner:  the elderly Charles Ives, the forty-something William Grant Still, the thirty-something George Gershwin—who does not know that he is about to die—and the twenty-something Aaron Copland. In at least 150 words (more is better, if it is substantive), describe the evening.  Your description should demonstrate what you have learned, from the textbook and other sources, about the personalities of the composers, about the type of music they most often wrote, and musical issues they might agree or disagree about. 2) You are going to put together a concert of American classical music, picking five of the ten pieces below for the concert. William Grant Still, Afro-American Symphony, third movement Afro-American symphony III (full)  George Gershwin, “Bess, You Is My Woman Now” from Porgy and Bess Bess, You Is My Woman Now  Scott Joplin, Maple Leaf Rag  John Philip Sousa, The Washington Post March SOUSA The Washington Post – “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band  Charles Ives, Putnam’s Camp, Redding, Connecticut Putnam’s Camp by Charles Ives 1978  Aaron Copland, Variations on “Simple Gifts” from Appalachian Spring Suite Appalachian Spring  Samuel Barber, Adagio for Strings BARBER Adagio for Strings  Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Concerto Grosso 1985, first movement Concerto Grosso 1985: I. Maestoso (Ellen Taaffe Zwilich)  Philip Glass, Einstein on the Beach Einstein on the Beach – “Spaceship”  Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story, Act I finale Tonight Quintet – West Side Story – Staples Players    Explain one by one, using the elements of music, why you chose each of the five that you chose, then explain one by one, using the elements of music, why you did not choose each of the five that you left out of the concert. 3) We are in the era when music really changes, with the advent of popular music early in the century, and then the advent of rock-and-roll in 1952. Now that we have studied seven weeks of classical music, go back to the question in week 1, about Hermann Hesse and how the deep thoughts of humanity could only be expressed in classical music, not popular music. In at least 150 words (more is better, if it is substantive): what was your opinion of this assertion then, and what is your opinion of it now? Why do you think your opinion has changed, or not changed, since week 1?