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    Integrated Task Commentary. For my performance I have chosen a Trinity Guildhall Grade 5 piece called Lime Tree Bay. It is a jazz piece composed by a session musician and composer called Malcolm Ball. I will play my own interpretation of this particular p

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    The first twenty five bars are performed using brushes; this is not dissimilar to the way many big band pieces were played and so shares properties of both big band and traditional jazz. The use of brushes makes it easier to differentiate between accented notes and long legato "sweeps" on the snare drum, giving the piece a variance in timbre making the piece more interesting. It is difficult to sustain a homogenous sound that doesn't vary at the apex of the stir.

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    Music Composition Brief 2

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    I decided to make the first violin play pizzicato as this thin texture contrasts with some of the later sections which are played arco. The next 4 bars consist of the first violin playing two sets of quaver loops: G, A, D and C; and F, G, A and B. I decided to use them with every second bar having the order of the loops reversed, (i.e.: GADC, FGAB, FGAB, GADC) as it would be more interesting than having the loops played continuously one after the other (i.e.

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    Pop music composition

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    � All the verses are the same music and the same last line. � When the last line is repeated this works like a mini-chorus. � Elton John's 'Candle in the Wind' is a love ballad about Marilyn Monroe. � Her real name was Norma Jean. � The first line goes 'Goodbye Norma Jean....' � At Princess Diana's funeral he changed the words to 'Goodbye English Rose...' � Elton accompanies most of his songs on the piano. � His accompaniments combine rhythmic chords and snippets of tune, it stops things from getting boring.

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    The 2 areas of study I chose to focus on in my piece were: Texture and Melody Structure and Form The links between my composition and the given strand (The Western Classical Tradition) are: Instrumentation: Piano and flute, both are western classical ins

    The 'Texture' element would be met by the piano, as I play the piano myself I wanted to explore creating different textures and rhythms using this instrument The focus of the melody was originally meant to be met by the piano also but further down the line of my composition I decided to add a flute to my piece. The flute naturally contrasts with the piano and can be used melodically. I chose the flute in particular rather than other woodwind instruments after I heard a piece by Bach Carl Philipp Emanuel and rather enjoyed the melodies that it played.

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  5. Music Composition Brief 1

    To start the piece, I created a violin melody accompanied with a piano playing arpeggios and broken chords. I made bar 8 an exception: a scale was used instead of an arpeggio in the piano right hand. I decided to do this to contrast with the other bars which were playing arpeggios. This section started off as mezzo-forte with two mezzo-piano's in the middle of the piece, as the note lengths were swapped around for one bar: usually the violin part is in crotchets, right hand piano semi-quavers and left hand piano quavers, which was changed to violin - semiquavers, right hand piano - quavers and left hand piano - crotchets.

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  6. Claude Debussy - biography and analysis of Golliwogs Cake Walk

    Debussy was trained in the classical European tradition. He had the most Classical European training among the new composers of his time, and was of the most independent. He was not only gifted as a pianist but also as a composer. He won the 'Prix de Rome' for composition and traveled across Europe meeting Liszt and Verdi, among others. His music, however, was not in any way similar to that of these other composers. Debussy's music virtually defined the transition from the late Romantic music to Twentieth Century Modernist music.

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  7. History of Bob Marley

    to help him out. The name of their band, at the time, was "The Wailing Wailers." By 1963, they released an album; "Slimmer Down." The album was an automatic hit, putting the Wailing Wailers at the number one spot of the Jamaican charts for two months (bobmarley.com, pg.4.) Many saw the reggae music as tough, political, yet calming music. Unfortunately, the band broke up, and Bob's mother moved to the United States with her new husband. Before Bob could move to the states with his mother, he met a young girl named Rita, and soon married her in 1966.

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  8. History of Video Game Music

    The first videogame to incorporate sound was Pong (made in 1972), a two-player tennis game in which a 'bleep' sound could be heard when the ball reached either players' racket. This was played on the 'Atari 2600', capable of playing only two tones simultaneously through the television. The Atari could play many famous arcade video games including Space Invaders, which featured an ominous rumbling rhythm as the enemies slowly descended down upon the main character and a beeping sound whenever one of them was hit.

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  9. Ratime Project

    Who: Some famous Ragtime composers were: Jelly Roll Morton, Eubie Blake, Charles L. Johnson, Tom Turpin, George Botsford, Zez Confrey, Luckey Roberts, Paul Sarebresole, Wilbur Sweatman, Scott Joplin, Joseph Lamb and James Scott. Among these, the three most talented ones, according to wikipedia, were Scott Joplin, Joseph Lamb and James Scott, with Scott Joplin being the most sophisticated. Scott Joplin was the composer of the famous 'The Entertainer'. Some modern Ragtime composers include: William Bolcom, Tom Brier, Trebor Tichenor, Reginald R. Robinson, David Thomas Roberts. The Roots of Ragtime-The Blues What: The Blues is a kind of folksong used to express a feeling of depression.

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  10. Music Btec Report

    All of the before warm-ups will help to warm-up both your fingers and your piano, so that you can play well for your lesson or performance. In my lessons, we always start off with about 5 minutes of scales to get both myself and the piano going. It also helps when playing my pieces, because scales are the bases of all tunes and songs. You should also try to play your scales smoothly. Here are a few things I think help to keep your scales smooth[AC6]: � When tucking your thumb in a scale run, let the thumb gradually move

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  11. Hydens Trumpet Concerto and Aranjez Analysis

    Joaquin Rodrigo's most famous piece is Concerto De Aranjuez written in 1933. Originally written for an orchestra with solo guitar, Aranjuez was inspired from the Palacio Real de Aranjuez, the palace and gardens that were built by Philip II during the 16th century. Also written in three movements, Allegro con spirito, Adagio and Allegro gentile, it is said that the second movement Adagio was the emotional response of when Rodrigo's first baby died of a miscarage. To determine which piece is more classical, it must be analysed through use of musical elements.

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  12. BTEC First Certificate in Music - UNIT 9 (Audio Recording/Mixing Desk)

    connected to the iMac via: two five pin DIN cables which were plugged into an Edirol UA-25 USB powered Audio/MIDI interface (Fig.4) which is connected to the iMac via a USB A-B cable. To record the drum part my group got Mr Newton-Grant, for the bass part Mr Broadbent, the guitar part Mr Cumberbatch, the piano part Gregory from our group and for the vocal part, Teni. Firstly, in my group we put together a track sheet [See enclosed Track Sheet].

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    Sound Sources

    Nowadays most people use synths inside the DAW (digital audio workstation) they produce a lot of different sounds also you can combine two different sounds together; you can also create your own sounds and be very different from any other producer. These have developed from old time pedal synthesizers to virtual programmed synthesizers. You can get a synthesizer through your midi keyboard such as a legacy keyboard which may cost a lot but worth it if you're serious with your music. Rob Papen creates synthesizers which are very good; it is popular for their great sound quality and sounds.

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  14. three 1950s Genres

    You went from being a child to a grown up with no in betweens. Rock n' roll changed that. Suddenly there was a distinction between what kind of music parents and their kids were listening to. Rock n' roll attracted a teenage crowd. It was raw, rhythmic and loud, and many older people did not approve of its sexuality and noise. With this music came also a change in the relations between black and whites. In 1955 Alan Freed's radio program "Rock n' roll Ball" draws a huge white audience. And even though white teenagers could not get into black clubs and vice versa, black artists, black music got onto television and white teenagers could see them.

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  15. Ways in Which Music interacts with Society

    Their lyrics are very important in communicating with society, they are about real life and some of them you could call protest lyrics. But even so, it's probably not the case that U2 is trying hard to make protest songs, it's more like something that comes from the inner being of these guys. Something that they just need to express. U2 has come a long way since they released their first album, Boy, in 1980, they have been very verstile in their albums and have won several Grammies.

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  16. Music Publishing

    Witch and The Wardrobe, Wedding Crashers, Kill Bill Vol.2, Spiderman 3, Grey's Anatomy, CSI Miami, Ugly Betty, American Idol, Lost, Brothers and Sisters, just to mention some. Composing for Film There are several jobs for a music composer to get into and one of them is writing for film. A film music composer can give a valuable contribution to the success of any film because the composer can create music that can intensify any film scene emotion or drama. A job like this, however, is very irregular since deadlines can vary and can be as short as 2 weeks for one hour of music.

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  17. Public Speaking - Part 2

    favourable, unfavourable or neutral). c. Psychographic Audience Analysis: values, beliefs, attitudes, behaviours. 4. Issues of concern while speaking to an audience in a pluralistic society: Suggested answers: ~ be sensitive to audience's feedback, disposition, responses ~ avoid discriminating against differences in demographic, psychographic or the situational variables ~ try to identify common ground with the audience, do not attempt to change differences that cannot be changed ~ be careful of remarks that might be viewed as stereotypical, prejudiced, discriminatory or racist Public Speaking and Communication 1.

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  18. Media Music Essay Music is split into several sub-genres these include; Reggae, blues & soul, classical,

    Nat 'King' Cole is one of the most popular American singers of the 1940s and 50s, with a wonderful, smooth vocal style. A pioneering black entertainer in jazz and pop. His career was often blighted by racism and by the demands of commercial music making. Soul music is a combination of rhythm and blues and gospel which began in the late 1950s in the United States. Rhythm and blues is itself a combination of blues and jazz, and arose in the 1940s as small groups, often playing saxophones, built upon the blues tradition.

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  19. The Roaring Twenties in Canada

    Radio broadcasting became one of North America's favourite sources of entertainment. During this time most Canadians depended on the radio as their source of communication since the television wasn't invented. People tuned in every day to listen to music, as jazz, sports and live events. A favorite for listening to jazz was "the king of jazz", Louie Armstrong. The invention of the radio had a major impact on Canadians because it transmitted a variety of shows and programs that entertained many, throughout the nation.

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  20. Throughout his life, Billy Collins has written many poems and many very successful poetry books. His first book, Poker Face, was written in 1977

    After high school, Billy attended Holy Cross College where he received his bachelors degree, then went on to get his Ph.D. in Romantic poetry at the University of California at Riverside. Billy began his Career in poetry as a writer for "Rolling Stones" magazine, selling his poems for thirty-five dollars each (Billy Collins). In 1970, after his job in "Rolling Stones", he got a position teaching poetry at Lehman College, located in the Bronx, where he is still teaching. Along with his teaching career, he served as the forty-first poet Laureate of the U.S from 2001-2003, and has published a number of books of poetry.

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  21. Roosevelt Sykes - biography

    During the 30s, Sykes recorded for Decca Records and acted as a talent scout for the label. Among his most popular compositions were "Night Time Is The Right Time" and "The Honeydripper', which was Sykes" nickname, because he was a known ladies-man. At that time he also played in local clubs in Memphis and later in such in Chicago. In the late 1930s teamed with St. Louis Jimmy to tour one-nighters across the U.S.. He settled in Chicago in the early 40s, becoming the piano accompanist on numerous city blues records by artists such as Lonnie Johnson.

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  22. Is 'black music' a valid category of popular music?

    Black music originated from masters expecting their slaves not only to work but also to sing, mainly on cotton and rice plantations in the southern states of America in the 1800's; resulting in 'work songs'. The first songs referred to the religion they had left behind, with drums accompanying. The lyrics were soon forcibly changed to describe their every day experiences and the drums were banned to rule out any conspiracy calls. The result was chants with only their voices, accompanying sticks, tambourines, clapping and dancing.

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  23. Niccolò Paganini - Violin Virtuoso and Technique Innovator

    In 1795, he gave his own benefit concert to raise funds to cover traveling expenses and tuition fees. In September 1801, Paganini moved to Lucca. Between 1801 and 1805, Paganini disappeared from public sight. It is believed that he lived during these years in complete retirement in the chateau of a Tuscan lady, a guitarist, devoting his time to mastering the playing of the guitar and to composing music for that instrument. In 1805 he was appointed first violin of the republican orchestra, where he played with his older brother Carlo, also a violinist.2 That same year, he composed the famous 24 Caprices.

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  24. Why did groups like Beatles and the Rolling Stones have such a great impact during the 60's?

    John Lennon & Paul McCartney wrote all these lyrics so they were more pure and real. They were real with 'youthful energy, style, individuality and distinct personality'. The Beatles also had a unique appearance. In the early years they dressed smartly (in plain black suits with ties) and had the 'squeaky clean image' which made them respectable to the older generation too. They all had mop top hair cuts which were slightly longer hair cuts but were accepted as they were a clean cut style. Earlier lyrics like 'I want to hold your hand' had innocent lyrics and so older generation accepted them too.

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  25. The History of the Dj

    Jimmy Saville, the former Jim'll fix it arguably was the pioneer of Dj'ing. Jimmy Saville was the first Dj to mix two records using two turntables. This accomplishment occurred in the late 1940's where the young Jimmy held discos at halls and wherever was suitable enough. Jimmy's nights attracted the young people of his generation who wanted to stay out late and hear good music. Before Jimmy Saville pioneered two turntables, a Dj would have to talk between songs because he wouldn't of been able to change the record quick enough, this allowed dancers to carry on jigging without stopping between songs.

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If you like Music and you’re learning an instrument then Music GCSE is a wise choice. You’ll be exposed to a wonderful variety of musical styles and genres and you’ll develop an appreciation of the theory of music too. One day you may be listening to Handel’s Messiah the next you may be listening to some 1950’s Chicago jazz. You may not appreciate just how wide the variety of music is but by you will do by the time you finish the course. The style of assessment varies a little from specification to specification but broadly you’ll be marked on composition, performance, listening and written answers. The nature of written answered questions in Music GCSE may well be a little different to what you may be expecting so it’s good that Marked by Teachers has a wide variety of essays and answers many of which have been marked and reviewed by experienced Music teachers. Access these and you’ll find plenty of material to learn from. Of course it may be a little early to be thinking about what to study after GCSE but if you are thinking of taking Music further then you’d be advised have to have a good grade at GCSE under your belt.
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