“Joy is not in things; it is in us.” This quote summarizes the fulfilling life and controversial legacy of Richard Wagner. He was one of the most exciting composers of his time. He was extremely confident in himself which allowed him to write some controversial works later in his life. Unlike many composers, he had no major interest in music until he was almost 16 years old. He should be studied in all music classes because of his complex and amazing operas, and his new way of composing music.
“What a Wonderful World” was played by six instruments: the violin, the flute, the drum, the double bass, the trumpet, and the harpsichord. All of these except the flute were played throughout the song. The flute was played at a specific time though. This song made new fans of all generations, all over the world Miles Davis (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was ahead of his time as he moved from bebop to a new style cool jazz. Miles Davis was the most prominent trumpeter in the cool jazz musicians.
Although Rhapsody in Blue was noted by most biographers as his most famous production, he had composed many other pieces that are anticipated to never be forgotten. The first song George ever published was, “When You Want ‘Em You Can’t Get ‘Em”. This song as well as many to follow are what sparked the initial conditions he needed for his name to become attention grabbing, especially to Broadway luminaries. One of the most popular years for George, prior to Rhapsody, was experienced in 1919 when his hit song “Swanee” and show La, La Lucille were both performed. The song premiered in the musical Sinbad which quickly sold more than two-million recordings.
He was the last of eight children and came from a family of well known and highly talented musicians ("J. S. Bach: Baroque Composer."). His father, Johann Ambrosius Bach was a church organist and gave Bach violin lessons at a young age and taught him to sing in the church choir (Kamien, Roger.). When he was ten, in 1695, his parents died and Bach moved to Ohrdruf, Germany to live with one of his older brothers who was also a church organist. Bach’s brother was the first to teach Bach how to play keyboard instruments. When he was fifteen, he gained a spot in the choir at St. Michael's School in Lüneburg.
When Mozart was only three he began to look at chords on a harpsichord. His father, Leopold, noticed his son’s extraordinary musical gifts when Mozart was only five, because he could not only play but also compose music. Leopold took his son to the Bavarian Court, the first place Mozart performed
He began from here experimenting with this new sound which was stressed on sonority of instruments. This eventually evolved the transformation of the sound of brass instruments through the use of newly modified mutes.Saxophonist Russell Procope said that "Mood Indigo" was the band 's greatest popular number, and they played it every night for twenty-eight years. It is a sincere tone poem, and its original sound shaped the
Originally it was first sung by a Broadway cast member, Carol Channing, but it was later recorded once more by Louis Armstrong in 1963 in hopes to promote the Broadway show also named Hello, Dolly!. Armstrong’s commercial single hit made went on to be number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, topping off The Beatles and making Louis Armstrong one of the oldest artists to ever reach number one on the list. The song itself is very predictable and simple, yet it’s the way his unique vocals and the swinging trumpet solo that makes the song one of a kind. Specifically his solo’s contained a tremendous amount of souls making the piece juristically different from most singers.
“The key gives the viola greater volume and much more brilliant tone, and three of the four viola strings reinforce the tonic, subdominant, and dominant notes of the key … the viola’s prominence is underlined by sheer performance, and the two instruments become true equals for the first time in musical history” (Johnson 33). Another thing that he did was enhance the melody of clarinet, through his Clarinet Trio in C for Viola and Piano, the Clarinet Quintet, and the Clarinet Concerto. He loved the tone and character of the instrument, but through these works, he brought these characteristics out a bit more and “creates an apotheosis of melody, in which one tune seems to flow out of another naturally, spontaneously, organically, as though the melodic material were breeding within the tissue of the work” (Johnson 115). These works aren’t just pieces of
The piece is simultaneously light-hearted and stunningly sophisticated. “Handful of Key’ shows of Waller’s virtuosic talent as well as his slick and illustrious style. In a similar manner to how Waller defined jazz piano improvisations of the time, Krupa defined jazz drum improvisations. As showcased in Benny Goodman Orchestra’s “Sing Sing Sing” Krupa used a new drum set up that allowed him to create a new pounding and heavier sounding style. Krupa’s work on “Sing Sing Sing” is significantly ahead of its time, his drum work in the piece sounds like it could be taken out of a number of song written decades after Krupa’s time.
Charles Ives was born on October 20th, 1874 in Danbury, Connecticut. His father, George Ives, was the Union’s youngest bandleader in the Civil War. After the war, George came home to Danbury to pursue a career as a musician and bandleader. Due to all of his musical efforts, George Ives was known as the leading musician in the region, and Danbury was recognized as a musical mainstay in Connecticut (and possibly in the entire New England region). Charles Ives first showed interest in piano when at a young age he started percussively playing on it with his fists.
Guiseppe had many amazing milestones throughout his life. However, his greatest accomplishments are his works in Oberto, his first composition (1839), La Traviata, his most well known work (1853), and all his other great compositions which left a mark in history. An inspirational quote Verdi once said is the following "Of all composers, past and present, I am the least learned." This was because as a child, he lacked a strong education in music. His accomplishments were essentially out of his passion for the art.
Wadada Leo Smith, an intellectually gritty and lyrically stunning trumpeter/composer, releases a double CD stuffed with highly-articulated music that envisions to provide historic insight and socio-political conscience about the America’s National Parks. Similar to what had happened in “The Great Lake Suites” (2014), each disc is composed of three movements. However, the band Wadada enlisted for this project was an expansion of his dream-team of veterans known as The Golden Quartet (Anthony Davis on piano, John Lindberg on bass, and Pheeroan AkLaff on drums), with the acquisition of the young cellist Ashley Walters, who adds a chamberesque texture and diversified colors to the organic divagations. “New Orleans” is an incredible 20-minute piece that