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How does Baroque-era music compare with music from the Medieval or Renaissance periods? Does it have more or less...

In music, as in all the arts, "depth" is a subjective quality dependent on how the audience personally reacts to a given work. Some commentators and music historians have in fact regarded the...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2020 6:24 am UTC

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How does medieval era music compare with modern music?

Many comparisons of medieval and modern music have already been discussed. I will add a few more worth considering. One point of comparison between medieval music and today's music comes from their...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2019 10:26 am UTC

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What are the 7 elements of music?

Dynamics refers to the volume of what a listener hears or what a performer is directed to produce. Form refers to the structure of music; a common example is twelve-bar blues. Form almost always...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2017 11:56 am UTC

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What examples of figurative language can be noted in the song "Just The Way You Are" by Bruno Mars? 

There's a great deal of hyperbole in the song, apparently meant to emphasize the idea that the speaker loves his girlfriend as she is, that she is just right without having to change anything about...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2018 2:43 pm UTC

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How is music connected to history?

Music may be connected to history in several ways. When a nation becomes independent, it adopts a national anthem. Certain musical styles and genres may become common during a particular historical...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2019 4:11 pm UTC

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What instruments are used in Beethoven's Fifth Symphony?

Beethoven's Fifth Symphony was first performed in 1808 at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna. Since then, it has become one of the best-known compositions of all time. It is still frequently...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2020 1:22 pm UTC

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What is a straight 8 in music?

Straight eighths is a specific performance practice in music. The term refers to eighth notes, so called from the manner in which they divide a measure of common time—into eight equal parts. In...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2018 9:35 pm UTC

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What kind of poetic devices are in "We Are the World"?

Poetic devices used in the lyrics of the song "We Are the World" include rhyme scheme although the rhyme pattern is somewhat irregular, alliteration, literary allusion, repetition, and...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2020 1:14 pm UTC

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What are the difference between popular music and traditional music being composed in the 21th century?

Let us first examine the two descriptors of music in the question. Music that is described as "popular" is just that. It is music that is consumed by a large portion of the populace. It is also an...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2018 4:16 pm UTC

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What is a summary of "Eleanor Rigby" by The Beatles?

Released in 1966, "Eleanor Rigby" is a popular song by The Beatles that explores, in a straightforward manner and with a haunting tone, the loneliness and isolation experienced by the elderly. The...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2016 5:10 pm UTC

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What are five formal elements in George Gershwin's song "Summertime"?

"Summertime" is a 1934 aria composed by American composer and pianist George Gershwin. Gershwin composed the song for his 1935 English-language opera, Porgy and Bess, while the lyrics were written...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2019 3:45 pm UTC

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How does Modern music influence the world, and why does does it impact society, including music, careers and family...

Modern music is often a reflection of many people's perceptions of the world around them. The protest music of the 1960s and early 1970s, for example, grew out of the growing disenchantment among...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2013 12:51 am UTC

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What are the positive and negative impacts of the electric guitar?

Both acoustic and electric guitars have distinct advantages. For learning music, acoustic is still usually recommended. An obvious disadvantage of the electric guitar is its dependence on...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2019 5:39 am UTC

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In what American pop music genres do you find musical traits such as interlocking of rhythms, call-and-response and...

Let's start with brief definitions of these African music characteristics, or traits, then add any examples that are commonly known in American pop music (often described as music that is popular...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2012 10:45 pm UTC

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What are the linguistic features of "Waltzing Matilda"?

Perhaps the most significant linguistic feature of "Waltzing Matilda" is the colloquial language. The first verse, for example, is packed with colloquialisms (e.g., "swagman," "billabong," "billy...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2019 8:59 am UTC

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How does classical music compare with that of the baroque era? Does this type of music (classical) sound smart or...

While Baroque and Classical music historically refer to two distinct periods of time (the former from around 1600 to 1750; the latter from 1750 to about 1820), and while they represent different...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2013 3:27 pm UTC

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How can I find the elements of music in the song "Time" by Hans Zimmer, from the movie Inception? What are the...

You can find the elements of music in a piece of music by first understanding what elements you are looking for, and then listening to the music with a focus on these elements. Dynamics: One of the...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2020 12:21 pm UTC

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For my college application essay, I would like to write on the topic of music. Music decribes who I am, and my taste...

The most important thing to keep in mind when you're writing a college application essay is that everything about it represents you to people who don't know you. It should sound like you (be...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2013 10:31 pm UTC

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What is the meaning of Cat Stevens's “The Wind”?

This brief, lyrical song is mystical in tone and does not lend itself to rigorous textual interpretation, relying principally on mystical sensations and images for its effect. The song opens with...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2020 12:55 pm UTC

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Identify three similarities between Rocksteady and Ska.

Rocksteady and ska are both music genres that originated in Jamaica: Ska in the early 1960’s and rocksteady near the end of that decade, evolving from ska influences. Although rocksteady was...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2019 8:46 pm UTC

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How can I describe the elements of music in the song "Holy Ground" by Taylor Swift? Elements of music include rhythm,...

It's important to start by noting that music is inherently subjective. The beauty of the art form is that each listener can experience a song in a different way. That being said, it's possible to...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2020 7:25 pm UTC

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Why was opera so popular during the romantic era?

The Romantic Era took place during the 18th century in Europe, partly as a response to the Industrial Revolution. It focused on powerful emotions, which were heightened by the French Revolution and...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2011 2:07 am UTC

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What is your opinion on music? Why do you feel that this is true?

There are two ways to think about this question. The first is that a combination of melody and rhythm allows people to escape the stresses of their realities and focus on something other than their...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2019 1:59 am UTC

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Explain the programmatic elements of Vivaldi's composition "The Four Seasons".

Each concerto of "The Four Seasons" was meant to be preceded by a sonnet describing the particular season being portrayed. The music that followed gave another interpretation of the season. The...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2012 8:28 pm UTC

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How does Renaissance era music compare with modern music? Resources:...

Two differences between Renaissance and modern music are in notation (writing music down). The primary basic note value was larger than the modern value being the equivalent of modern whole note...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2013 3:43 am UTC

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Who was the top female singer in each of the following decades: 1920, 1930, 1940, 1950, and 1960?

When listing top female singers for each decade between 1920 and 1969, two considerations must be kept in mind: 1) "Top" singer may refer to most records sold, or it may refer to the far more...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2013 3:48 am UTC

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What do the levers do on a lever harp?

The levers on a lever harp (aka folk harp) are used to adjust the tone of each string--changing it from a natural tone to a flat or sharp note (or, from a flat tone to a natural or sharp). Unlike...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2012 3:29 pm UTC

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Identify points of critical analysis in the "Cat's In the Cradle" by Harry Chapin.

Chapin's song is a testament to the intricacies of parenthood. The song operates as an example of how daily life's routine can preclude the elements of life that make being worthwhile. The birth...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2013 2:30 am UTC

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What is a reflection on the lyrics of "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin? This reflection should be based upon the...

About the lyrics to "A Stairway to Heaven," that he himself wrote, Robert Plant has made this explanation, It was some cynical aside about a woman getting everything she wanted all the time...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2012 5:51 am UTC

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What is the theme of Puff, the Magic Dragon?

Puff, the Magic Dragon was written by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary along with Leonard Lipton and released in 1963. The main theme of this popular children's song is the loss of childhood...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2020 8:43 pm UTC

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What are the substantial features of texture, rhythm, melody, and harmony in the piece “The Creation” by Joseph Haydn?

At the time Haydn premiered his oratorio The Creation (in German, Die Schöpfung) in 1799, he had already achieved an iconic status, and was now considered the greatest living composer. Mozart had...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2020 9:04 pm UTC

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Identify a sample of music that has multiple changes in dynamics, tempo and articulation. Describe how the changes...

A wide array of songs could fit in answering this question. Yet, for me, the immediate connection I made was to The Beatles' "A Day in the Life." It features a strong shift in musical dynamics...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2013 2:19 am UTC

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What is a summary of the song "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay?

The lyrics of this famous and extremely popular song by Coldplay describe the opposite of a rags-to-riches story. Instead of beginning from a place of poverty, the speaker of this song "used to...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2013 6:03 am UTC

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Do people take music for granted and, if so, how does that occur?

Music has become a ubiquitious presence in the lives of many people, especially those in modern, consumer-oriented societies. We listen to music without even realizing it when shopping, strolling,...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2013 1:44 am UTC

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How are folk, gospel, and blues music connected? What are some characteristics of each type of music? What is a...

Folk music, blues, and gospel might initially seem to be very distinct types of music, but in fact they are definitely connected. Bearing in mind that folk music is defined as a "type of...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2020 8:08 am UTC

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What does "Platonism in music" mean?

Strictly speaking, Platonism is any philosophical idea or ideology that derives from the teachings of Plato, the ancient philosopher. However, it has also become a term used to define certain...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2012 12:36 pm UTC

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How does Modern era music compare with music from the Classical era, especially in terms of emotional reactions to...

Let us begin by clarifying and limiting some terms. First, we will limit our response to “fine art” music, let us say Western orchestral instruments. Second, we will expand the definition of...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2013 7:28 pm UTC

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What is a summary of The Motorcycle Diaries.

Che Guevera is the well-known, famous or infamous Argentinian who became the leader of the Cuban revolution. The Motorcycle Diaries, adapted from his own journals, tracks the start of his...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2013 5:16 am UTC

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Where did bluegrass music originate?

Bluegrass as a separate type of music originated in the Appalachin Mountains of the United States. The area was settled largely by immigrants from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Germany, all of...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2012 1:19 am UTC

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What does each timpani note mean? I understand that the timpani is always written in bass clef. However, there are...

I am a woodwind player and not a percussionist, but here goes. First, although virtually all timpani or kettledrums (or, if singular, a timpano) are strictly bass clef instruments, the piccolo...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2012 10:10 pm UTC

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What are the pedal names on a harp, and are there any acronyms to remember this by or any rhymes?

As might be expected, the seven pedals of a pedal harp are named after the seven musical notes: E F G A and D C B. The D C B pedals are positioned in that order on the harp's left side, and the E F...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2012 2:31 pm UTC

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I need to create a listening chart covering several elements of music for the song "Sound of Music" by Rodgers and...

A listening chart is a regular chart that has been adapted to row and column labels specifying music selection types, titles, artists, and music elements. For "The Sound of Music," your chart will...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2016 4:16 am UTC

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Why are double reed instruments so unpopular? Why are double reed instruments so unpopular in your opinion? Here is a...

This is a very interesting question. I've always classed double reed instruments as specialty instruments, not as popular instruments; maybe "the times, they are a' changin'." Howsoever that may...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2012 10:52 pm UTC

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With regard to Jimmie Rodgers & Hank Williams, how is country music a reflection of a more visceral South?

Both Rodgers and Williams depict a South that is more visceral because of the emotions contained in their music. Rodgers and Williams feature a "realism" in their music that shows struggle,...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2012 12:07 am UTC

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Why do orchestras require harps?

The inclusion of a harp in an orchestra depends upon a couple different things: the type of orchestra and the music composition. First, not all orchestras require harps. (On a side note, a harp is...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2012 10:48 pm UTC

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I am writing a research paper on how music affects mood. How would a good outline look?

The relationship between music and mood has long been established. In preparing a research paper on the subject, therefore, a useful starting point would be a review of the literature – an...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2014 10:04 pm UTC

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What was William Channing Woodbridge's role in music history?

William Channing Woodbridge’s role in music history was as a proponent of music education in the 19th century. Woodridge made a name for himself as a geographer, specializing in teaching geography...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2013 7:20 am UTC

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Describe the most important aspects or characteristics of Reggae music.

Reggae is the musical voice that the people of Jamaica have used to tell the world about their history, about their cultural uniqueness, and about their historical and social struggles against a...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2012 12:54 am UTC

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Discuss in an essay the four families of instruments—indicating the materials that the different instruments are made...

The four families of instruments are woodwind, brass, percussion, and string. The different instruments are made respectively out of wood, brass (hence the names), wood with other materials (such...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2019 12:44 am UTC

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How does the song "One Mic," by Nas, change in dynamics, tempo and articulation? 

Tempo: the speed at which a passage of selection is played. The tempo variation moves from initial slow instrumentals with slow vocals to double-time vocal over slow percussion.Dynamics: the...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2013 10:16 pm UTC

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