The Use of Sounds and Music in Tennessee Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) was born in Mississippi but moved to New Orleans at the age of 28. There he found the inspiration for his play A Streetcar Named Desire. The play is set in New Orleans and incorporates the atmosphere of the setting particularly through music. Williams use of vivid music in this play heightens themes such as madness and social differences. In this essay I am going to verify how Williams uses sounds and music as a tool to develop the plot, more specifically how it shows Blanche’s lost grip of reality.
Lester Horton dance technique relies heavily on Native American dances and anatomical structures. Being a specific type of modern dance, it relies heavily on ballet, which is where modern dance finds its roots. Horton’s technique finds great importance in lines of the body and parallelism. Like all techniques, the technique has signature moves that best define it like the Egyptian Walk. Horton’s technique can be best described as a mixture between ballet, Native American influences and lines of the
However there are scenes within the film that reference American Psycho that contridict the idea of tracitional Africa. One could argue that in this particular case West was also trying to reconnect to his African heritage. Figure 1 Warriors Running. Simon Henwood (director). Kanye West - Love Lockdown.
Each have their traditions that emerged from the south of America and specially the African-American populations of that region. The musical styles of each are the results of the collision of traditionally African rhythms and musical techniques with European classical and popular music genre. Each are adored American styles of music. Miles Davis “So What” and Robert Johnson’s “Cross Roads Blues” have some similarities and some differences. Miles Davis “So What” is Modal Jazz, used whole band tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Piano, Drums, trumpet, bass, and emphasis on melody and rhythms whereas Robert Johnson’s “Cross Roads Blues” is Delta Blues, used only slide guitar and vocals in his track (solo), and defining Racism, phobia and violence.
The law is meant to protect and serve Americans, until those in power use it against lower social classes. Time states, “As the evocative language of these laws suggests, the crime of vagrancy had long historical roots. Since the 16th century, vagrancy laws had been used in England to uphold hierarchy and social order (Goluboff).” For African Americans, these laws were created and used against them to incarcerate them. Seven Guitars by August Wilson historically demonstrates how vagrancy laws and systemic racism effected African Americans.
Towards the end of the twentieth century, the civil rights movement – a struggle for African Americans to achieve rights equal to those of whites including equal opportunity in employment, housing, and education, as well as rights to vote- helped change their destinies. August Wilson, a well-known playwright during this time period, was famous for his plays such as Fences and The Piano Lesson. His plays are based off of his own experiences and explore a century’s worth of African American struggle and triumph. One of his plays, Fences, is about four generations of black Americans and how they have passed on a legacy of morals, mores, attitude, responsibility, and patterns. He also talks about racial segregation that creates social and economic gaps in society and explores the idea of whether or not you can be the master of your own destiny.
According to Nero (n.d) Rhythm and blues is a term used to describe the blues-influenced form of music predominantly performed by African Americans since late 1930’s. Jerry Wexler was the first person to introduce the term Rhythm and Blues in the billboard magazine (Sacks, 1993). However, according to Cohn(1993) the term ‘Race music’ was first used to describe this type of music and been changed into Rhythm and Blues after the world war because it was deemed to be offensive. R&B music can be said to be an evolution of blues music and only contrasted when R&B music tends to have more volume and intensity compared to blues music to suit the condition. This is done so by introducing new instruments such as electric guitar and bass (Cahoon, 2004).
Name: Tutor: Course: Date: Legacy of Blackface Minstrelsy In the 19th century, the history of American entertainment had one popular and peculiar form that was referred to as the blackface minstrel act. The act was supposedly an American indigenous act that was performed by artists who were black faces.
Since the 1960s “We shall overcome,” continues to develop as it goes around the world. Stuart Stott’s author of we shall overcome explains within his book, why the song evolve around the world through different protest movements, Countries, in south Africa during apartheid and China during the 1988 Tiananmen square protests. This song represents both a song and a symbol of freedom and resistance to oppression, giving it a significant role within the civil rights movement and any movement worldwide. "Alabama" song composed by John Coltrane played a significant role in the movement, as it showed how injustice events pushed the civil rights movement to fight harder and quicker for their freedom. On September 15th 1963, four girls Addie Mae Collins 14, Carol Robertson 14, Cynthia Wesley 14 and Denise McNair 11, died from a bombing attacked planted by
The musical’s revolutionary twist on the classic Broadway genre to incorporate hip-hop music showcases America’s diverse population through music and theater. Miranda links these ideas to the music he creates by purposefully crafting each individual character’s unique musical sound to hip-hop and by alluding to cultural aspects of the genre itself to celebrate its place in society and what it has achieved over the years despite the struggle that comes with being a person of color. Though Hamilton faces criticism for being historically inaccurate, the “inaccuracies” of casting historically white figures as people of color highlights the musical’s strong hip-hop influences. By doing this, Miranda is able to generate discussion around the importance of embracing the diversity that lies at America’s very foundation as well as what needs to be done to promote the equal treatment of the minority population that is not only an important part of America’s past but also its
Who was Alvin Ailey? Alvin Ailey was an African-American choreographer who contributed amazing work to the world of Modern dance. Although modern dance has its own characteristics, Ailey has incorporated African-style movement into his modern pieces. Ailey was famous for his dance company, entitled the “Alvin Ailey Dance Theater”, created different and unique styles of technique, and has created many choreographies that dancers adore to this day.
The Importance of “American Bandstand” on African American Culture “We 're goin ' hoppin ', we 're goin ' hoppin ' today, where things are poppin ' the Philadelphia way, we 're gonna drop in on all the music they play, on the bandstand!” These are the lyrics to “Bandstand Boogie,” written by Barry Manilow for ABC’s long running dance show American Bandstand. Barry Manilow’s version of “Bandstand Boogie” was American Bandstand’s opening and closing theme song from 1977 until its last show on ABC in 1987. (Manilow, Album.)
In the journal entry Changing Values in Cuban Rumba, written by a dancer and anthropologist Yvonne Payne Daniel, explains the popular dance Rumba that originated from Cuba. I agree with Daniel’s statement that there no is racism in Cuba when illustrating Rumba as national dance. Rumba is a rhythmic dance with African and Spanish elements. In the journal entry Daniel states that Rumba is a dance of lower class black-skinned Cubans in the nineteenth century. Daniel explains that Rumba historically started as people using closets, tabletops and spoons to create their songs.
During the late 1900’s, an aesthetic movement known as primitivism integrated itself into Modern art. African and Pacific Island motifs, fetishes, and design elements were adopted into the work of Modern artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Moore.19 The rise in popularity of these primitive inspired artworks helped to influence Black Americans in investigating and reconnecting with their own cultural heritage.20 One of the concerns facing Black Americans was how to merge the heritage of their ancestors with being an American. Through music, the Blues evolved from African tribal songs to songs workers would sing while laboring in the fields before and after slavery. When Black American migrated north, the Blues transformed into Jazz
To frequent African Americans, successfully pushed by the Harlem Renaissance, France opend flexibility from the racial bias in the United States. Significant abilities and identities inclined toward Paris, for example, Josephine Baker and "Bricktop "for instance. Josephine Baker was a commonly recognized name. Individuals rushed to see this dark American vocalist with the nasal shrill voice beauty the stage to thundering praise. Bricktop 's was an extremely prominent spot to go through a night with melody and alcohol.