Marche Diabolique is composed by Brian Balmages. Brian Balmages is an award winning composer and has bachelor’s degree in music from James Madison University. He has composed pieces that have been performed worldwide. He has also won awards like the Albert Austin Harding award from the American School Band Directors Association.
The Arapaho is a Native American Tribe. This chant, known as the “Eagle Dance” is given its distinct metrical rhythm because of a drum that is hit on every beat, giving it the feeling of a duple meter. This drum maintains an even tempo throughout the chant, from the first 4 beats which serve to introduce the chant, all the way through. The chanting vocal group is very free, they are speak singing throughout, and there are many people in the group including a primary upper voice and many voices underneath. This primary upper voice also sings performs for a small portion of the chant, transitioning to the repetition of the main melody.
TO THE DIRECTOR This piece was commissioned several years ago by the Evanston Township High School Jazz Ensemble in Evanston, IL, in honor of one of its alums, bassist Bob Cranshaw, who recently passed away. Cranshaw came to prominence during the Hard Bop era and was involved in almost every aspect of jazz and commercial music performance in his lifetime. He also spent his later years involved with the Musicians Union, advocating for the rights of jazz musicians. Dr. Fodor suggested this title because of its double meaning; musicians who have played lots of less than desirable gigs are said to have “paid their dues” and the word “dues” also refers to the payment of union dues. This composition is written in the hard style of the hard driving shuffles so prominent in the Hard Bop era.
Not only are the interactions between the characters identical, the notes of Beethoven’s sonata also reflect the notes in Mozart’s. The two pieces begin with a forte C minor chord, establishing the bold and powerful tone of the first character. The notes of the first two measures are meant to jump from one to the next with a strong, downward motion on the piano keys. This kind of motion creates the anger that can be heard in the music. Continuing on, the phrase builds up to an E flat, followed by filler rests that set the stage for the second character to enter.
At 9:00 on the 20th of October, Director Leonard Bernstein began the opening act to the YouTube Concert, the “Overture to Candide”, with an abrupt introduction, cutting in the London Symphony Orchestra before the applause had even died down. Following the first movement, Bernstein and the London Symphony took a leave of absence, replaced by Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra to perform Dvorak’s Humeresque, heard clear over the clatter of the IHop Express. Bernstein then returned, this time accompanied by the Orchestra National de France, to finish the event with La Valse, written by Maurice Ravel. The entire night composed of a wonderful harmony of pieces, perfectly orchestrated for a class assignment.
Appalachian Spring take place in a Pennsylvania farm house during the 19th century. This piece was realistic for the time era in which it occurred in, because of the music listened to is the music that was popular around that time. A custom that was used to depict this piece is a ruffle dress accompanied with a bonnet which was worn by the female characters and preacher was wearing an all-black gown with a formal hat. The music is characterized by a constantly changing pitch; it was very staccato but was prominently forte.
Fleetwood Mac was created in 1967 when Mick Fleetwood and John “Mac” McVie decided to create a British blues band. It was widely popular in Britain, but was less successful in the U.S. The band came out with a few hit singles, but hit a rough patch when they couldn’t be consistent on members. Fleetwood Mac endured 16 different members and several break-ups in the 40 years they were performing according to Biography. Eventually, McVie married singer Christine Perfect and hired Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks to form the most iconic version of Fleetwood Mac.
The fourth movement of Mahler’s ninth symphony has the key signature of D-flat, establishing a dark tone and ominous mood. It is structured in a five-part rondo, ABACA, with a coda. At the first A section, the violins play a descending melody, which is considered the molto adagio melody. Accompanying the molto adagio melody is a ground bass played by the celli and double basses. This ground bass is repeated a number of times and is very important to the structural development of this movement: described in this paper as the bass progression.
“Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones” (Keith Richard). The Chamber Night on March 1, 2018 at A.Y. Jackson had many talented musicians performing a variety of genres. It has grasped my heart from the very beginning and has not failed to keep me engaged in the performance. No words could describe the sensation that I was left with after listening.
Debussy broke the mold so to speak in the 20th century of music by breaking away from the typical German style laid out by composers such as Beethoven as he often explored dreamy and distant sound worlds in an effort to stand out amongst his earlier peers of the classical period. He began to be drawn to the sounds of the pentatonic scales, whole tone scale, and sounds otherwise known in Asia as his music in comparison often contained a rather circular motion which broke away from the formers heroic cadential style of resolution. This breaks his music away as his was more of an ambient and distant much like the impressionist art movement happening at the same time being led by the likes of Monet and Van Gough. The Sunken Cathedral by Debussy exhibits many traits of the new impressionistic forum of 20th century composers as he exhibits many methods to place the listener into a dream-like state using melodic variation and connectivity amongst voice leading in order to achieve a watery type effect. This effect makes the listener feel as if they are floating along with the piece itself as he adds complexities to the music with the slow harmonic variation throughout the piece.