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  1. 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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  2. Music Styles for Popular Music

    Due to its technical arrangements; Chicago Jazz furthered the music of its day. The next big thing was Swing. Swing differs from New Orleans Jazz and Chicago Jazz due to its simple ensembles, constant repeating riffs, while the musician's solos are more sophisticated. Even though the soloists were a bit more adventurous they still paid close attention to the melody. Musician Count Basie was influential to the swing era due to the way his orchestra was played. The piano led this while also a lively ensemble played but Basie was not an important soloist; his instrument was the band.

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  3. The Symbolism Used by EM Forster in "A Room With A View"

    The reason Forster uses this is to show that Lucy has a powerful, passionate and emotional personality on the inside, which she expresses while she plays the piano but is unable to display this colourful personality on the outside. This is, in fact, the main core of the book. The third chapter repeatedly mentions Lucy's playing of the Piano. The chapter itself is titled "Music, violets and the letter 'S'". Later on, once Mr Beebe and Lucy have been introduced, Mr Beebe comments on Lucy's playing to the Vicar; "If Miss Honeychurch ever takes to live as she plays, it will be very exciting both for us and for her."

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  4. The character of Robert in 'Amy'.

    Robert's decision to sing "The Mercer Street Blues" is an acknowledgment of the failures of the Street and indirectly of himself. His frustration especially towards successful people causes rude outbursts as evidenced by "14 years of business suites, 18years of shit", towards the welfare worker. Robert's resentment is directly a result of the lack of success he has had in the past. While Robert's life is flawed, his genuine characteristics out weigh them. For "five long years" Robert's intellectually challenged sister has been insanely pursuing the hairdresser responsible for her disastrous hair cut and "for five long years" Robert has been looking after her.

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  5. Dear Mr Corrin - I wish to apply to be a Prefect.

    I am also non-judgemental, this is shown by me being a member of Amnesty International, and supporting their campaigns against racism. I am a good listener, and listen problems through before making decisions. I consider myself to be easy going and laid back, which can sometimes be a disadvantage, but can also be good as I can get on with others without conflict.

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  6. Improvisational Approaches.

    Good improvisation skills rely on a thorough understanding and knowledge of chords, chord progressions and chord - scale relationships. The written score on the other hand can be (and often is) played without such knowledge. One simply reads and regurgitates input, with little (if any) interpretation of the music. Despite the prevalent lack of constant improvisation in music throughout history, a few types of European music have been affected by the general trend, and have continued uninterrupted with their traditions of improvisation. Examples of this can include: a) Irish folk music b) Hungarian Gypsy music c) Organ improvisation in churches (as discussed previously)

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  7. My chosen genre is Jazz Saxophone.

    It is composed in such away that there is a relatively easy to listen section and then a more exciting middle section. Finally it returns to the original easy to listen to section. Are there any special performing techniques? Yes. In bar 3 the Glissando is used. The articulation is generally separated and in the B section there are a few instances where staccato is used (bars 10 to 16). The piece is meant to be swung throughout but less so in the second section.

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  8. Antonin Leopold Dvorak - biography & summary of his work

    All during this time he composed furiously but did not publish any of it. In fact, he burned most of his works. It was only in the early 1870's that recognition started to come to Dvor�k. In 1873 he left the Opera Orchestra to become the organist at a Prague church in order to have more time to devote to composition. He received the Austrian State Prize for his music four years in a row, partly because of support from Johannes Brahms.

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  9. A night at the Philharmonic Hall.

    I was allowed a glass of wine as well: A Chilean Red, very palatable. After the meal we walked the short distance along Hope Street to the Philharmonic Hall. I was unsure whether I would enjoy the concert (I prefer the "Darkness" to "De Bussy"), but my Grandad seemed to be enjoying himself, which was the main thing. When we arrived at the hall, my dad went to collect the tickets, where he was greeted by a 70 year old ticket tout (something I would expect at Goodison Park, rather than The Philharmonic Hall).

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  10. Listening to and learning about the music of other cultures (and sub-cultures).

    In addition, a piece of music that is technically perfect, yet promotes something unwholesome, it is also bad. Any music that meets these two criteria is, to me, good music. Thus, music to which I do not enjoy listening or find intellectually stimulating, is good music by the aforementioned basis for analysis. While this may be a somewhat pretentious viewpoint for the judgement of different styles of music, I have no qualms about maintaining this viewpoint as I become more educated in relationship to all music.

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  11. Why were both the Jazz Age and the film industry boom largely dominated by American migrants and immigrants?

    The cinema seemed to be dominated by immigrants and again was another reason for the KKK to not want to be part of something which went against what they thought was the right way of life. Immigrants and migrants found it very hard to get jobs in work as it seemed to be dominated by natives and whites. There was a lot of racial discrimination in the industries, but as cinema and jazz were a relatively new industry, it was very easy for them to get jobs as there was no one to stop them.

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  12. Edward Kennedy ("Duke") Ellington.

    Beginning keyboard studies at the age of seven, Ellington's earliest influences were the ragtime pianists. He taught himself harmony at the piano and at 17, made his professional debut. Encouraged by Fats Waller, he moved to New York in 1923 and, during the formative Cotton Club years, experimented with and developed the style that would quickly bring him worldwide success and recognition. Ellington would be among the first to focus on musical form and composition in jazz using ternary forms and "call-and-response" techniques in works like Concerto for Cootie (known in its familiar vocal version as Do Nothin' till You Hear from Me)

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  13. An odd medley of jazz and fundamentalism, complacency and indignation. Is this a fair description of America in the 1920s?

    With jazz came new dances such as the Charleston, which was created in a casino in Charleston, South Carolina. This was one of the most famous dances of the 1920s; also it is a famous dance of that decade. Jazz music had handfuls of stars in the 1920s such as Louis Armstrong who took the age of jazz to a new frontier by becoming the first ever jazz-soloist. Jazz music came from black African Americans. Jazz in its early days was not sexual or radical to a black person. Jazz music was played in small marching bands. The first place to put jazz music on the map was New Orleans, Louisiana.

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  14. Thesis Statement: Specifically, I will enlighten you on the following three areas: (1) the public opinion towards music education, (2) the benefits of music education, and (3) the increasing need for music education.

    19 of the schools in Chicago and 1 in the city of Gary. B) To raise awareness of the positive impact music participation has on students. 1. The foundation conducts awareness campaigns, musical instrument drives and fundraising events. 2. Most recent promotion was VH1 Divas Live: The One and Only Aretha Franklin - A Benefit Concert for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, Tuesday, April 10, 2001. III. From my own personal involvement with music education that have included piano lessons as a child, marching band during high school, and a cover band during my earlier college years, in addition to extensive research, it is my intention to show all of you the significance of music programs in education.

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  15. Create a questionnaire to find out what type of music people listen to.

    It's too hard on the ears. Introduction: * We as a group decided who should be within our group by thinking who the hardest workers are and who would actually want to do the work. The three of us (Barry Boston, James Bolton and Minesh Patel) are also friends so we knew that we would get along with each other. We thought this would be the perfect combination; with hard work and people who can get along and understand each other.

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  16. The 1920's in America are often referred to as the 'The Jazz Age' and the 'Roaring Twenties' as this was a period of riotous fun, loud music and wild enjoyment. A period when everyone was having a good time.

    Skyscraper skylines were emerging and this became one of the most powerful symbols of 1920's America. Most cities built skyscrapers to show that they were sharing in the boom. During the 1920's the entertainment industry grew dramatically. The average working week fell from 47.4 to 44.2 hours and this gave people more leisure time. Added to this wages generally rose by 11% giving workers more disposable income. With more spare time and money available people spent more on entertainment. Most American families listened to the radio. In August 1921 there was only one licensed radio station in America.

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  17. Ludwig van Beethoven, his life story and music from the Bonn peroid.

    He was also proficient enough on the piano and the violin to be able to supplement his income by giving lessons on those instruments as well as in singing. In November 1767 he married Maria Magdalena (1745-87), daughter of Heinrich Keverich, 'overseer of cooking' at the electoral summer palace of Ehrenbreitstein, and already the widow of Johann Leym, valet to the Elector of Trier; she was not yet 21. The couple took lodgings in Bonn at 515 Bonngasse. Their first child Ludwig Maria (bap.

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  18. Social Factors of Tenisancoir

    Tenisancoir has four major cities. These are Challieve, Krinton, Sandwackerville, and Steno. Each is famous for its own contribution to the country. Challieve is known for producing the most talented tennis players and opera singers. Challieve is located on the western coast of Tenisancoir and even though it is not larger than 7 square miles it is a prominent part of the country. Krinton is the home of the world famous Forte Music Hall. This hall is were all major musical performances take place.

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  19. Outline the changes that occur in the development Of the American musical between 1927 and 1957

    It was named ShowBoat. It was based on Edna Ferber's sprawling novel of life on the Mississippi and it delt with many issues that were normally not talked of. These subjects included racism and marital issues. ShowBoat opened at the Ziegfeld Theatre on December 27th 1927 and left audiences overwhelmed and wanting more. It ran for 572 performances. As the twenties ended there was a catastrophic stock market crash, which caused a world wide economic depression.

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  20. Autobiography - personal writing.

    Since I started in school, I have excelled in every class I partook in. Unfortunately, as I grew older, I have become lazier, being called a so-called slacker and underachiever by many. I was always in the top of my classes until I reached high school. I still maintain a 3.7 GPA and am ranked 53rd in the class, which isn't bad, but considering I have an IQ of 143, putting me 3 points above genius, it is not what my parents expect of me. My sister had a 4.0 and was ranked 23rd in her class.

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  21. I am going to be comparing two items involved with music, and discussing the different styles of these items. One of these items is an article by Sydney J. Harris giving his views on modern day music and the people who listen to it.

    The word inevitably stands out when the writer sees what the repair assistants are carrying. The writer in a way is putting these two men into a category of being people who would have something like loud music with them. This word in a way makes the two men sounds like they've done something bad. The writer then goes on to use formal English with a very ironic almost bitter tone of writing in the second paragraph. He gives his opinion of people who listen to loud music as being 'as close to the moronic line as possible'.

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  22. The British Blues Explosion

    In April 1954, the band recorded raucous covers of Joe Turner's 'Shake, Rattle and Roll' and a novelty song, 'Rock Around the Clock'. The song was a smash hit both sides of the Atlantic, and became the theme song to 'The Blackboard Jungle' a film about teenage rebellion. Although Hayley was an unlikely icon, his contribution to music was to open the door to the white R'n'B artist, and to the success of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and ultimately bands including the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Cream and Led Zeppelin.

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  23. The Blues - socio-political context & influence on culture

    It was not until the Civil War of 1861-1865 that slavery was truly wiped out. President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 put an end slavery, though the black people were still to suffer for their independence for many years to come. 'Goin' South where the Southern cross the dog..' W.C. Handy remembered 1903, the first time he saw a poor black man wearing ragged clothes sitting playing the guitar by Mississippi Station, using a pocket knife as a slide. He had never heard anything like it before.

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  24. Many people have compared life to a roller coaster. I hate to agree with the masses but the truth is I do. It goes up and down but it is always moving. I can't help but notice that its always going to end. I see life as a decline.

    There is then the mad scramble for books. Don't get me wrong, I'm not really very untidy or disorganised, its just mornings have never been good for any member of my family. The walk to school. I actually enjoy this time, because it is about the only quiet, time I get in the whole of my day. It gives me time to think of important things in life like what lessons I have on that day. I can't say that I think about deep things like the meaning of life or does God exist because at the present, these things don't bother me as much as homework or revision.

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  25. Since about 1450 keyboards have virtually remained the same, except for a little variation in the colour of the keys.

    In 1598, in letters to the Duke of Modena, Paliarino describes an instrument he has made, he called it "Pian e Forte" although this instrument was capable of soft and loud, it is not clear if it is a type of harpsichord fitted with a device or a true hammered piano. From then onwards the piano has advanced and eventually chips were invented. Then someone got the idea of using these chips on a piano based instrument, using electricity. Now we have advanced so much we have floppy disk drives, dual voices and many other effects.

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