Arts: Music Essays & Term Papers

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Mr. Trombone There is a man in Kansas City that people refer to as Mr. Trombone! His family knows him as Arch Martin. He's not a very famous trombone, but a great jazz musician. Warren Durrett says, "He is one of the most beloved, talented, successful pillars of the profession, a natural salesman, and one who can contribute to the long, pleasant life of a band leader." Martin was born, and lived his whole life in Independence, Missouri. In 1949 he graduated from William Chrisman

John Handy Have you ever heard of John Handy? Probably not around here, but he is a well known person in San Francisco. Handy has done such things as taught jazz, played straight-ahead bebop, and led bands. John Handy was born in 1933 in Dallas, Texas. Not much is known about his childhood, until he moved to Oakland, California in 1948. After that he enrolled in San Francisco State College in 1952. Soon after being in college, he had to serve in the army from 1953 to 1955. Foll

Pat Martino Pat Martino has gone through a lot of hard times in his life, but he can always look up to his career in jazz. Martino is a guitarist who was born in Philadelphia in 1944. Pat got all his talent from his father, Carmen (Mickey) Azzara. Carmen sang in local clubs, but he also was taught guitar from Eddie Lang. As a kid, Pat's father took him to clubs, Pat heard many different artists, one of them being Wes Montgomery. Martino first fell in love with the guitar when he

Woodstock 1969: Peace and Love Woodstock was a rock music festival that took place near Woodstock, New York in a town called Bethel. The festival took place over three days, August 15, 16, and 17, 1969. The original plan for Woodstock was an outdoor rock festival, "three days of peace and music" in the Catskill village of Woodstock. The festival was expected to attract 50,000 to 100,000 people. It was estimated that an unexpected 400,000 or more people attended. If it weren't for Woods

This essay is to help you learn a little bit more about the one and only Janet jackson... I will devide the program in 3 parts... 1- Her career 2- her lifestyle 3- How she produces her songs and videos ----------- She started off being a sister.. of 5 big brothers! Who once formed the jackson 5. A famous black pop group When she was still a very young lady. She wanted to sing like her brothers..but her father who was the directer of the jackson 5 thought hat girls di

The Guitar One the most awe inspiring sights is a brand new Gibson, Les Paul edition guitar. It's fine finish and unique headstock just scream "American pride". Most people only see the flashy body and hear the trademark sound and never understand exactly how they work. The electric guitar is probably one of the most complex, but most interesting, instruments of modern times. As complex as the guitar is, playing it is not that complicated. The guitar is an instrument in which the level o

Music in Elizabethan England played a major role in society. From its earliest roots, which were poetry, this art form conveys the message of Elizabethan times appropriately. A quotation from The Merchant of Venice states: "The man hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treason, stratagems, and spoils." The Elizabethan woman was expected to sing and play the lute or virginals. To be fashionable was to be musical. The Tudor sovereign inclu

Vincent van Gogh/ Crows Over a Wheatfield (1853-1890) Vincent walked into the room. His eyes were bloodshot. He stood dazed. Doctor Gachet stopped sipping his drink. He happened to look into a mirror over Vincent's shoulder and saw that there was a revolver behind his back. The many folds on the doctor's face became tense. "Mon Ami," he stammered. Vincent gazed at him, laughed awkwardly, and then marched out. As soon as he reached his room he fired a bullet into the pit of his st

Paul Simon Introduction Paul Simon Is an amazing gifted and talented musician who has loved music all his life, he has an incredibly unique sound and message in everyone of his songs. Early Life Paul Simon was born to two loving parents. Belle his mother who was an elementary school teacher and his father Lois who played the bass violin on radio programs and eventually taught graduate courses. November 5 1942 was the day Paul Simon was born in Newark, New Jersey and grew up in Fo

Introduction The main reason why I chose to do my report on the history of theatre in NY is because I find theatre very interesting (As you know I do some of it myself). I also grew up in a house full of theatre teachers. I think this topic is very important to people who want to learn about theatre because many people believe that theatre in New York started on Broadway, but that is not true at all. In this report I would like to show you how theatre developed in New York.

Mozart was born on January 27th, 1756. He was born to Leopold and Anna Maria Mozart. He had a sister named Maria Anna Mozart, who was also musically talented. Mozart was a young boy who showed talent from the beginning of his life. He never attended a proper school, which was a custom for children of that time. Instead of going to school, he was taught by his father who was a respectable man in Salzburg. His father held many professions such as concertmaster for the court orchestra of the

It is not often that a band comes along and changes the face of music forever. The Beatles managed to do this and many other accomplishments that make them one of the greatest bands of all time. This essay will try to explain what made this band so popular and what led to their sad downfall and eventual breakup. The four members of the group, all born in Liverpool, were Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Each came from a working-class background, and all had

By Nick Carroll Let my work benefit all! Again, to Pryor High School Students: Plagiarizing this would be dumb, because I can almost guarantee you will be caught! Part I : The Life of Paganini Niccolo Paganini was born in the town of Genoa, Italy, on October 27, 1782. Paganini had poor health which followed him his entire life. In fact, he was almost thrown away when he was four by his parents, who believed that he had been killed by disease. Only by chance someone heard him breat

Tupac Shakur: The Meaning Behind the Words Tupac Amaru Shakur, also know as 2pac, has appeared in various movies and has written many poems, but his legacy will forever remain in his music. Tupac passed away a little over two years ago leaving behind many examples of his lyrical diversity. I intend to show the contrast in Tupac's lyrics from one album to another. One of the songs on Tupac's album Me Against the World is called "Dear Mama". In this song Tupac talks about how his

The Life of a Pioneer One of the greatest jazz composers that has ever lived is, arguably, Duke Ellington. Born Edward Kennedy Ellington in Washington D.C. in 1899. By the age of 17 was playing professionally. In 1923 he moved to New York City where he started recruiting people for his orchestra. He started off with an average jazz band of ten people but through the thirties and forties that number greatly expanded. He started playing in small nightclubs, theaters, and on the radio. Hi

Ludwig van Beethoven was, and remains today, an Olympian figure in the history of classical music. His influence on the last 150 years of music is unequalled; while generaly a member of the Classicist fold, he was in fact the first Romantic, and pre-figured virtually all music that followed the Romantic era as well. Perhaps no other composer in history wrote music of such exhilarating power and expressiveness; certainly no other composer did so against greater odds. Beethoven was born in Bonn

What Is the Joy of Making Music? As stated in Webster's New World Dictionary, joy is "a very glad feeling; delight." The definition for music is "sounds and tones in varying melody that form a structurally complete and emotionally expressive composition." The definition of music implies that there is some joy in making it. Music is "emotional," and "expressive," so some feeling must go into making music. I will use my experiences as a trumpet player to explain the technical and emotional

Sitting through "The Nutcracker" was definitely one of the most terrible wastes of time I have experienced. It was boring, dull, and yet strangely tedious. As I looked around me I noticed my peers, who shall remain nameless, falling asleep. I too was drowsy although I had a cup of coffee not two hours ago. The music was repetitive and although interesting the first time, by the second act it had become completely monotonous. The fact is that a twenty-minute piece, as good as it is, cannot b

Consciousness expresses itself through creation. This world we live in is the dance of the creator. Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye but the dance lives on. On many an occasion, when I am dancing, I have felt touched by something sacred. In those moments, I felt my spirit soar and become one with everything that exists. I become the stars and the moon. I become the lover and the beloved. I become the victor and the vanquished. I become the master and the slave. I become th

Megadeth and Metallica: A Comparison An essay by: Nick Conley Intro Ah yes the age old question, comparing the 2 most influential bands in metal history (of course this is in past tense considering even Metallica has admitted to no longer being a metal band). I write this essay to help give an understanding to those pathetic drones whom remain chained to the oversized bandwagon that are known of as the Metallica "fans". I am an experienced musician who has been playing for over 5 years. I

Digital Multi-Track Audio Recording The art of multiple track audio recording has been around since the invention of audio tape, which was actually created to record multiple tracks to mix down into a stereo pair on a vinyl record. Lately, with the fast growing technology in the area of digital audio, a plethora of mediums are now available for recording multiple tracks of audio. The first, and still most widely used, form of digital audio recording is the DAT (Digital Audio Tape). Th

The world has seen many great playwrights, dancers and musicians, but none have matched the success of George Michael Cohan. George Cohan has written some of the most famous plays, musicals and songs known to the United States. His music has also improved the American Spirit. He has been involved in the theatre since he was born and has been committed to it throughout his life. George M. Cohan was born on the forth of July in 1878 in a small medical house outside of a bustling Forth of July

Karl L. King Karl L. King's distinguished career as a bandmaster, prolific composer and musician made him a legend in his own lifetime. All who knew him remember his quick wit and sense of humor. Karl joined Robinson's Famous Circus at the age of 19 as a baritone player. He joined the circus world at a time when the acts were in great need of a special music since the standard music did not fit. Karl King was a master at writing music to match the rhythm of the acts. He quickly rose

Karl L. King Karl L. King's distinguished career as a bandmaster, prolific composer and musician made him a legend in his own lifetime. All who knew him remember his quick wit and sense of humor. Karl joined Robinson's Famous Circus at the age of 19 as a baritone player. He joined the circus world at a time when the acts were in great need of a special music since the standard music did not fit. Karl King was a master at writing music to match the rhythm of the acts. He quickly rose

Belle Qui Tiens Ma Vie The music of the Renaissance Period was heard in our cathedrals, the Halls of Nobility, and even peoples' homes. The Renaissance music was between the Medieval and Baroque times, about 1450-1600. Some of the instruments were bagpipers, singing peddlers, and pipe-and-drummers. Composers from Northern France, Belgium, and Holland brought the music to its highest point with new styles. In the nearby Netherland Schools, they were greatly interested in the different vo

Gustav Holst Gustav Holst is a classical composer, who is best-known for "The Planets". He was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, in western England. He was an organist and choirmaster at Gloucestershire churches, but he had neuritis in his right hand which held him from playing the organ. Instead, Holst turned to the trombone. From 1895 to 1898, he studied composition at the Royal College of Music, which he later taught, at Stanford. When he left, he became a

BASSOON ESSAY Byron Graw Wind Ensemble 5/16/99 "Okay, for the last time!! Yes, I play the bassoon!" "HUH?" "The bassoon!" "Buhhhh-" "Bassoon!!!" The bassoon is the bass member of the oboe family and is distinguished by a long conical bored body and a sound that by turns can be comical, haunting, or jaunty. While in the 17th century multiple types of this instrument existed, at present there is only a single type of bassoon and contrabassoon, which is pitched an octave lower. Bas

Ludwig Van Beethoven was born on December 16, 1770 in Bonn, Germany. He was the third child of Johann and Johanna Beethoven. Ludwig had a terrible childhood because his dad was an alcoholic. He woke him up in the middle of the night and made him play the piano until dawn. He would smack him every time he made a mistake. His father was a musician as was his grandfather. Ludwig loved spending time with his grandfather. His grandfather died when Beethoven was only three years old. At age fo

Introduction The main reason why I chose to do my report on the history of theatre in NY is because I find theatre very interesting (As you know I do some of it myself). I also grew up in a house full of theatre teachers. I think this topic is very important to people who want to learn about theatre because many people believe that theatre in New York started on Broadway, but that is not true at all. In this report I would like to show you how theatre developed in New York.

The Beach Boys The Beach Boys formed in 1961. The band members are; Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson who are all brothers, Al Jardine and Mike Love. All but Al Jardine lived in Los Angelas. They were first called the Pendletones which was a shirt brand , but a record label executive named them the Beach Boys. One of their first big hits was 'Surfin' that was credited for starting the 'surfing craze.' 1962 they released the album Surfin Safari with the song 'Surfin Safari' hitting t

A story about seeing MxPx Essay submitted by Unknown On November 13th I went to Tramps in New York to see one of my favorite bands, MxPx. MxPx is a Christian pop-punk band. Pop punk basically means happy punk. The band members, are Mike Herrera who plays bass and sings, Tom Wisniewski who plays guitar and Yuri Ruley plays drums. They played about 10 songs, all of which I knew. Some of their songs have to do with society problems through the eyes of a

A story about seeing NOFX Essay submitted by Unknown On November 26th I went to the Stone Pony in New York to see another of my favorite bands, NOFX. NOFX is a punk-ska band. Punk meaning fast paced drumbeats and quick singing and ska meaning a song played with trumpets. The band members are Fat Mike (vocals, bass), El Hefe (guitar, trumpet, vocals), Eric Melvin (guitar, vocals), and Erik Sandin (drums). The one thing I found out there was that El Hefe

Beck's Music Essay submitted by Adam Harvey Music is central to my life. Without music, the world would be naked, cold, and quiet. Music can set the rhythm for a long day of work, the mood for a date, for a party, for your whole life. It can wrap you in a blanket of comfort when you are lonely, or inspire you when you are down. Music is a vehicle for expressing love, telling a story, or showing happiness. My love for music has grown immensely throughout

Examination of Music History Essay submitted by Unknown A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become." - W.H. Auden. This quote best explains the complex art of music. Music is an elaborate art form that will always remain ever changing. Music developed drastically from it's beginning in the Prehistoric era to the 14th Century. The exact origin of music is unknown. It is known that music was used

Jazz Essay submitted by Unknown Jazz has been an influence in many artist's work, from painting to other forms of music. Jazz is an American music form that was developed from African-American work songs. The white man began to imitate them in the 1920's and the music form caught on and became very popular. Two artists that were influenced by jazz were Jean-Michel Basquiat and Stuart Davis. The influence is quite evident in many of their works, such

Johann Sebastian Bach Essay submitted by Unknown Johann Sebastian Bach was one of the greatest composers in Western musical history. More than 1,000 of his compositions survive. Some examples are the Art of Fugue, Brandenburg Concerti, the Goldberg Variations for Harpsichord, the Mass in B-Minor, the motets, the Easter and Christmas oratorios, Toccata in F Major, French Suite No 5, Fugue in G Major, Fugue in G Minor ("The Great"), St. Matthew Passion,

Ludwig van Beethoven Essay submitted by Ork Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany. He studied in Vienna under Mozart and Hayden. In Vienna he first made his reputation as a pianist and teacher, and he became famous quickly. At this time he composed many of his most popular works such as the Fifth symphony, the Emperor Concerto, the Eroica and Pastoral symphonies, and his only opera Fidelio. Beethoven developed a completely original s

Rap Vs Poetry Essay submitted by Vinal Styles "When I first started rapping, me and a couple brothers would all sit around my place freestyling while someone beat boxed. I even used to tell all the girls that I was a poet. They seemed to find it a little more touching than a rapper" (Prince Paul, The Source 16) The lyrics of rappers are very similar to the words of Black poets. It is argued as to wether or not rap is a viable form of poetry. Both discus

The Life of Ludwig Van Beethoven Essay submitted by Unknown The rise of Ludwig van Beethoven into the ranks of history's greatest composers was parallelled by and in some ways a consequence of his own personal tragedy and despair. Beginning in the late 1790's, the increasing buzzing and humming in his ears sent Beethoven into a panic, searching for a cure from doctor to doctor. By October 1802 he had written the Heiligenstadt Testament confessing the c

Music: Grunge and the Punk Revolution 1991-1994 In September of nineteen ninety-one, an album that would forever change music was released, Nirvana's Nevermind revolutionized punk rock (alternative rock). The song "Smell's Like Teen Spirit" energized the youth who had lost faith in rock and its ability to push the barriers of conservative thought. Kurt Cobain would be a revolutionary. The record company that produced and distributed the album had only expected the release to sell abo

In Prehistoric times, the bell was pointed forwards above the head. It was used to make a lot of noise in battle. It could only produce one or two notes. Around the 1600s, shells and animal horns used for signalling, particularly in hunting. These were gradually replaced by metal instruments which were made longer in order to get more notes to give more complicated signals. As they increased in length, they were coiled up to make them easier to handle and to use on horseback. They called

Consciousness expresses itself through creation. This world we live in is the dance of the creator. Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye but the dance lives on. On many an occasion, when I am dancing, I have felt touched by something sacred. In those moments, I felt my spirit soar and become one with everything that exists. I become the stars and the moon. I become the lover and the beloved. I become the victor and the vanquished. I become the master and the slave. I become the singer

 The Legend of Lennon By Kathleen Kane Featured in print more than any other popular artist, John Winston Ono Lennon was considered by many to be the greatest rock musician in the world. Not only the unofficial founder of the most successful group in music history, but also a role model for young and old, Lennon inspired an entire generation and his legacy continues. He is remembered for being an advocate for peace and the rights of every human being, as well as a h

Ludwig Van Beethoven Ludwig Van Beethoven came from a talented musical family. His father and Grandfather worked for the electors of Cologne, which residence was in Bonn. Ludwig's grandfather Lodewyk joined the Orchestra in 1733 and became a known conductor in 1761. His father Johann Van Beethoven (1740-1792) was a soprano at the age of only eight. He was also a very musical person and played the piano and the violin. Johann married Maria Magdalena Leymnee Keverich who married at

Has the ancient tradition of ballads fallen prey to today's modern society? One might think so. The truth, however, is the opposite. Ballads have thrived throughout many centuries and have influenced many types of music. Punk, Ska, and Hardcore bands such as Operation Ivy, Less Than Jake, H2O and All have capitalized on ballads as a form of lyrical expression. One such song, "Numbered Days", a Mighty Mighty Bosstones song, written and composed by Dicky Barrett and Nate Albert, is a prime ex

Music During the Renaissance The vocal forms of the Renaissance were marked by smoothly gliding melodies conceived for the voice. This period of time has been regarded as the golden age of the a cappella style, which means a vocal work without instrumental accompaniment. It's polyphony was based on a principle called continuous imitation, a style in which the motives move from line to line within the texture, often overlapping one another. As a result, the same theme or motive was heard now i

Music & Movies This paper is based on what I know about music. Music is a way of life, and life would be a mistake without music. Music can encourage ones emotions, thoughts, and feelings. Why is music so important? Have you ever watched a movie without music? Would a movie be successful without music? I think not. Music has a lot to do with how the film director would like you to interpret a specific seen. A good example would be to watch and movie, preferably a scary one, and turn

Response: Canuck Rock Is Best . . . Yes, I do agree with the thesis, and not only rock music as focused in this article, but all Canadian music. I agree that Canadian music is not American music or British music, but truly Canadian. I like to listen most to Canadian rap artist such as Monolith, Rascalz, Ghetto Concept, Infinite, and other Canadian rap artist. I think that Canadian music is more cultural then American music or British music. Canadian music has culture since there is so

Music is central to my life. Without music, the world would be naked, cold and quiet. Music can set the rhythm for a long day of work, the mood for a date, a party or even your whole life. It can wrap you in a blanket when you are down. Music is a vehicle for expressing love, telling a story, or whowing happiness. My love for music has grown throughout the past few years and continues to do so even today. Playing musical instruments such as the violin, viola, trumpet and french horn has

How American Music Has Changed Over The Past 50 Years People have often wondered if music has always been around. Well, to answer that question I did some research to find out where our music originated. Our first reliable music records came from the Greeks and the Romans. Americans musical history is very short when compared to Japan, India, Africa, and China. We don't know much about our history until about 590-604 A.D. when people began to write music down, the first music that was