Dmitri Shostakovich Essays

  • Alfred Shnittke Essay

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    Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998) “I see no conflict in being both serious and comic in the same piece. In fact, I cannot have one without the other.” - Alfred Schnittke Soviet and Jewish born composer Alfred Schnittke was born in 1934 to German parents. In addition to composing for concert hall repertory, he also scored for films, more specifically cartoons. Although Schnittke studied and later taught at the Moscow Conservatory, his approach in composing still held influences of his education in Vienna

  • Dudu De Doodle Analysis

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    By Yeo Chia Hui Doodle artist, Dudu De Doodle, is the modern day joy giver. A superhero of sorts (think Robin Hood’s benevolent nature and Spiderman’s life behind the mask), he uses his art to cheer people up. As a way to bring happiness to one's day, he generally doodles on serviette, tissues, disposable cups then gives them away. Making the decision to be anonymous, he goes by his artist name, Dudu, and has never disclosed his face to his fans - unless you’re lucky enough to catch him in the

  • Essay On Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis

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    Franz Kafka starts his story, The Metamorphosis, by transforming his main character into a vermin, one of the most disgusting and loathsome insects. With Gregor’s transformation, Kafka is exposing a metaphorical view of how life can be shown in a tangible, physical way. Gregor’s metamorphosis consists in his insides coming out. His new state of being reflects his life and his inner thoughts. A cockroach is a tangible representation of how he feels about his life and the relationship with his family

  • A Reflection On Satire

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    A Reflection on Satire While experiencing any type of literature, whether it is reading a novel, news article, or even viewing a movie, it is common for many to overlook or mistake the use of satire for comedy. Satire is utilized within all types of literature to make commentary on society or social situations through the use of comedy or humor (Andrzejewski). There are many devices of satire that an author can take advantage of, one of the most common being parodies. A parody is an imitation of

  • The Monster In Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis

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    In “The Metamorphosis”, we have a son who had given everything and had devoted himself to help his family. It is so, that he worked himself until he was nothing, but a useless insect and was alienated from his family circle, the people he tried to truly help. He gave his all, and that wasn’t enough to be accepted and helped after he became this “monster”. We have a character that his work made him become almost nothing, he was rejected by his family and even though he was in this complex situation

  • Igor Stravinsky The Rite Of Spring Analysis

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    “The Rite of Spring” was certainly the most controversial piece of orchestral music of its time. The piece, composed by the Russian Composer Igor Stravinsky, included a great deal of uncommon musical elements. But was it really that uncommon? The world-changing ballet, “The Rite of Spring” was so controversial when it debuted in 1913, because it completely contradicted the common rhythmic and harmonic languages of the music at the time. The choreography and costumes were a main part of the reason

  • Summary Of M. T. Anderson's Symphony For The City Of The Dead

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    In the book, Symphony for the City of the Dead, by M.T. Anderson, the author accentuates the composer, Dmitri Shostakovich, to describe the composer’s devotion for his city and country. The novel was set during 1905-1975 in northern Europe and western Russia. When Shostakovich lived in Leningrad, Russia, during World War 2, he wrote symphonies. He expressed his feelings of horror and hope for Russia's victory against the Nazi power in his symphonies. Although, his seventh symphony was the most significant

  • Concert Observation Essay

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    techniques enhanced his solo. The orchestra then plays with a homophonic texture with some tempo changes. A few fast solos and a few slow ones followed. The last piece of the performance was Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Opus 54, written by Dmitri Shostakovich. This piece also has three movements, and they are Largo, Allegro, and Presto. The piece starts off with a homophonic texture, followed by several changes in tempo and dynamics. The middle of the piece was mostly very quiet and slow. The piece

  • How Did Music Affect My Life

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    I started writing music as an assignment for my middle school orchestra class. Since then, I’ve written over thirty pieces, taken AP music theory and scored a five, scored films for students in the TV production magnet program at my school, and studied in depth scores by the great composers of history. I didn’t do these things just so I could inflate my ego by writing about them in college essays, and I certainly didn’t do them because I was good at them naturally. Why, then, is it necessary to

  • Mississippi Lions All-State Band: A Personal Narrative Of My Life

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    I was born and raised in Gulfport, Mississippi, an area immersed in a relaxed coastal culture and a vibrant jazz and blues heritage. Gulfport is located right off the Gulf of Mexico and less than an hour from New Orleans, Louisiana. Living near the Gulf, heavily influenced my childhood, I would spend weekends at the beach, and long hours traveling to distant islands far from the coast I called home. The music you would hear at the beach were always from timeless Americana artist; such as, Bob Dylan

  • Sir Isaac Newton's Cradle

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    War and Music As gruesome war can be, and how beautiful music can be, the two are undoubtedly associated with each other. It is almost as if war and music have been constantly impacting each other, resembling Sir Isaac Newton’s Cradle, for over the past several centuries. Music’s impact on warfare can be seen on and off the battlefield. In both of these instances, it was mainly used for communication purposes and as a psychological weapon. On the other hand, war has impacted music in several

  • 20th Century Music Analysis

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    Introduction to 20th century music Although the music we make today is (generally) very different from the music composed and listened to in the 20th century we can still appreciate the style and sound of this era. This era and its composers rebelled against the previously accepted practices of music, which is what makes this era both interesting and intriguing. Another factor which is somewhat intriguing about this era of music is the dates involved. As the name suggests 20th century music is classified