MU - Music MU 125 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Leonard Bernstein, Chromatic Scale, Bernard Herrmann

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MU-125 Music in Society
Marley Redd
Lecture Week 9
Date: 4/3/17
Assignment: Read Chapter 39 on Broadway Musicals / Listen to “Tonight” from West Side
Story
Chapter 38 “Popular Music” since 1950
Increase in U.S. population influence
Mass-media and marketing, economic prosperity/teenagers/recordings
Many kinds of popular music, non-generalizable
Examples “Try Everything” Shakira’s
“Rhythm and Blues”
Commercial name for blues coming to the city
Vocals, often saxophone, rock and roll rhythm
Sometimes choreography for appeal
Motown records main promoter of music and the stars of the music
Rap
Became popular in 1990’s
“Urban poetry” music is spoken in rhythms over heavy percussive beats
Many kinds of rap – from harsh (gangster) to more wide appealing “pop rap”
Country
The “people’s music”
Played on acoustic string instruments: fiddles, acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo etc.
Simple harmony (three chores prominent)
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Simple messages of everyday life, work, and love.
Rock
Strong beat / duple rhythm in four ( 1 2 3 4 )
Often a “back beat”
Electric instruments (guitar /bass)
Visually stunning performance
Brush Springsteen “Dancing in the Dark”
3 Doors Down “In the Dark”
You occasionally can “Heavy Metal Band” (sub rock genre)
Modern Jazz / Example (pg. 363)
Jazz became less popular and more sophisticated/intellectual
Bebop or “bop” (type of modern jazz) more dissonance and complex rhythms
Less for dancing more for listening
“Blue Ronda a la Turk” by Dave Brubeck p. 363
Date: 4/4/17
Assignment: Review Chapter 22-39 (not chapter 27)
Popular music: is promoted and influenced by our economic and media culture. It has the
function of “entertainment”
Examples of larger popular genres of the last 20th century we defined yesterday include:
Rhythm and blues, rap country and rock
Leonard Bernstein
World-wide renowned American Composer
Cellist
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