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  1. Module 1 consisted of each individual dance pupil being instructed to perform a solo dance, which was to last between two and three minutes in duration and based on one of the four-dance stimulus.

    The first thing that I thought the stimulus required was individual interpretation and feedback from the pictures, as in art it is important what the audience perceptions of the pictures are. When analysing the pictures I concluded that the pictures showed an amount of pain, frustration and anger because of the internalisation of the bodies' gestures, this also suggests isolation perhaps suggesting she is scared and afraid. The energy is all on the person who is compressed into a box by the environment, overcome with emotion.

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  2. The Mask.

    It was the biggest thing to ever happen for our school - or any school in the country, I imagine. He rented the auditorium downtown, brought in one of the biggest dance bands of the day - Glenn Miller, I think it was, or Benny Goodman. He even sent one of his underlings to Paris to bring back a fabulous gown for her. They say it cost more than the president made in a year." "Did you go to the dance?"

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  3. We watched a videotape called 'Whale song'. It was about sea mammals' behaviour, hunting and general information.

    Our teacher said it looked like the whale's tail and it did. I wish we could do kabuki every lesson to make us focused for work. RESPONSE PHASE 1: We had decided it was a good idea to come in for a full day to do the work on the 'Whale song'. We began the lesson listening to different music in order to review them and sort out the best pieces to use. I found most of us wanted to go for sad, mournful songs. I felt most of the class had the whaling and death in mind.

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  4. Renaissance Music, music of Europe during the period known as the Renaissance. In musical terms, the Renaissance is usually taken to cover the period from c. 1400 to c. 1600.

    became an alternative within a broader range of compositional techniques. Instead, the most distinctive style of Renaissance music is imitative polyphony, where all the voices move at the same speed and share in motivic development by combining points of imitation in a way later known as fugue. The Missa Pange Lingua by Josquin Desprez, perhaps the greatest composer of the High Renaissance, takes a plainsong not as a long-note cantus firmus but instead as a source of melodic ideas treated imitatively through all the voices. This new way of conceiving and controlling musical space was taken up with enthusiasm by the post-Josquin generation, reaching a classical peak in the sacred music of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina-his plainchant-based Missa de Beata Virgine (published in 1570)

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  5. My Business Studies Coursework is to design my very own chocolate bar. This involves making a wrapper, choosing ingredients, creating a logo, market research, and much more.

    Will it fit in a vending machine? My product should definitely fit in a vending machine, but it is not intended to, as Turkish delight bars are not the most popular on the market and, as I've said before, it is a 'luxury' chocolate bar. A Product Description Show How A Product Life Cycle Works As you can see, the product goes through Development first. This involves testing, and if the bar isn't up to scratch, then development can take a longer, or that can even be the end of the chocolate bar.

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  6. Chant To Zappa Music through the Ages

    The sea chantey What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor? Is in Dorian mode, and Johnny Comes Marching Home is an Aelian mode, both influenced by church modes. Alleluia: Vidimus Stellam (We Have Seen His Star)is a church mode that is a gregorian chant. Then there is O succecores by Hildegard of Bingen. 6. cantus firmus a. A preexisting melody used as the basis of a polyphonic composition, especially in 14th- and 15th-century polyphony. Plainsong is the largest division of Cantus firmus forming the basis of most of the motets in the 13th and 14th centuries and many organ hymms of the 16th.

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  7. What Happened to Classical Music?

    Many people wonder if Classical music can ever be as huge as it was hundreds of years ago. Can we return to that golden age of classical music? Are we ready to see music videos set to modern classical pieces on MTV in regular rotation? But first we need to finalize something, what exactly is the mainstream audience, and what is modern classical music? There really is no true answer to these questions, which finding a true answer to if the world is ready for a renaissance of classical music quite difficult. Why Isn't Classical Music popular anymore?

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  8. Assess Wagner's rôle as innovator in terms of influence he had over the modern school in Austria before the Great War

    Others, who composed in their own idiom with integrity and aspects of Wagner, are far more his heirs. Tristan is traditionally Wagner's seminal work1. Its harmony was years ahead of its time, whatever that means, and tonality could never be the same again. The chord, prepared in bar 1 and stated in bar 2 is not resolved in bar 3. It has no simple resolution. The work is concerned with the extreme emotions, frequently emotional anguish, of two people, emotions which do not subside until the end, when one is dead and the other collapsed. The true resolution comes at the end.

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  9. Elvis Presley Coursework

    The sources can be inaccurate because Source A is a music and entertainment magazine and is sure to say that Elvis Presley is wonderful and great, so it can raise its ratings and so that people buy their magazine. Source B is inaccurate because the quotes taken to say how awful Elvis Presley is are all taken from newspapers that are aimed for the white middle class businessman, and their families, so the reports that are given will mostly be against Elvis and his style of music.

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  10. Compare and contrast ‘Ghost Dances’ and ‘Rooster’ by Christopher Bruce.

    When asked what the inspiration was for the creation of 'Rooster' Bruce said that it was his love of the music and nostalgia for the 60's. 'Rooster' is a strong theatrical dance and Bruce has incorporated some elements of commedia dell'arte and clowning in the piece. Others in the same mould include 'The Dream is Over' (1987), using the music of John Lennon and 'Moonshine' using Bob Dylan's renowned style. In stark contrast some of his work contains a political message, for example 'Swansong' and 'Ghost Dances.'

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  11. History – Elvis Presley Sources

    Elvis is also described as the "amazing country warbler". The article goes on to state how six of Elvis's hit singles are on the company's hit list of top-25 best sellers, and that Elvis's coupling of "Heartbreak Hotel" and "I Was The One" is the labels' number two best seller, right behind Perry Como's "Juke Box Baby". (Perry Como was also a popular artist). Previously, it was mainly only crooners who were popular but Elvis revolutionised popular music and cleared the way for other artist's similar to him.

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