• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Appraisal of Greased Lightin from Grease

Extracts from this document...


The genre of this piece is modern blues it has the basic 12 bar blues and the basic chords of C, F+G. I chose this piece to listen to as it is a good example of a modern blues piece it uses the same structure as traditional blues, and yet it is more lively and sounds more like disco music. My first impressions were that this is a piece I could get into. I could get a beat and have a little dance to whilst listening to it. ...read more.


I think the composer's intention was to create a lively bouncy modern piece by using the traditional blues chords but jazzing them up a bit, the drums give a good beat that you can hear and get into but it does not overpower the other instruments. The guitar in the middle of the piece the is a question and answer where the guitar trumpets and tapping of performers feet all play on there own with little background music almost like a question and answer. ...read more.


The structure if the piece is tree pieces you have part A with all of the instruments together, then part B with each instrument playing alternately, then back to part A which is repeated again. The composer maintains interest by adding improvisations by the instruments. There is a big improvisation in the middle of the piece, which really grabs your attention. My personal view on this piece is that it is very lively and is a great piece of music to listen to if you're in a funky mood. BY Aimee Rendle ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Music section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Music essays

  1. Music Appraisal - Classical Waltzes

    Different musical aspects are included to help build up to the central key change then, in the original key, fading or dying away at the end. Piece 2 - Waltz in C# Minor J. BRAHMS, Op. 39, NO.7 Similarly to the first waltz this piece has a time signature of

  2. Composition Brief and Appraisal

    And also what fits into my composition and what sounds right and wrong. Some of the techniques that I used in my piece included trills - which I also stated in my brief that I would use. I feel that not only is it important to the style, but it

  1. Indian Instruments

    the sitar is usually made of teak, with a resonating chamber originally made from a seasoned gourd but in modern forms typically of jackwood. The straight neck supports a wide fingerboard with 16-20 slightly curved, movable frets of brass or silver, which are positioned by the player according to the requirements of the raga to be performed.

  2. The history of Music

    prominent part in the urbanisation of the blues, was here often relegated to an accompanying role - listen to Charles Brown records for example and you'll hear virtually all the solos played by Brown at the piano. This is not always the case of course, some of the greatest "jump

  1. Beethoven & the Symphonic Genre

    Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in d minor, Op. 125, Choral (1824), is just as unique and innovative as the Eroica. First of all, like the Eroica, the piece was unique because of its massive length. The first three movements take about half an hour to perform, as long as most classical (Haydn & Mozart)

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

    In any event, this suggests that Beethoven completed hardly anything new under Haydn's immediate supervision, though he seems to have revised and polished several of the later Bonn works. When Haydn left for England in 1794, he passed Beethoven on to another tutor, Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, the Kapellmeister at the Stephansdom and the best-known teacher of counterpoint in Vienna.

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

    He headed for Fannin Street in Shreveport, a town of shoddy wooden buildings, warehouses, brothels and barrelhouses, drunkards, transients and whores. The aggressiveness of the society demanded heavy, loud, aggressive music. Huddie's guitar style was influenced by the barrelhouse piano players, and featured bass heavy strums, he played with power and aggression, and sang in a hollering, unmelodious voice.

  2. A Brief History of the Blues

    Handy (1873-1958) first popularized the blues form about 1911-14. However, the poetic and musical form of the blues first crystallized around 1910 and gained popularity through the publication of Handy's "Memphis Blues" (1912) and "St. Louis Blues" (1914). Instrumental blues had been recorded as early as 1913. Mamie Smith recorded the first vocal blues song, 'Crazy Blues' in 1920.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work