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 Respond to students post what attracted you, or did not attract you, to this different style. 

Jacob post

Honestly, I did not agree with or enjoy the Cage’s Portrayal.  I thought it was boring and at first, I thought the speakers had went out on my computer.  It could be me that I have never really understood that type of artistic design, when there is nothing but silence, I kept waiting to hear something and there was nothing to hear. 

However, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue was very enjoyable to listen to.  His writing had the American style of music.  It started with a blues introduction then had a jazz feeling, while that romantic style.  It was a combination of different cultural styles of music that had been put into one piece.  The instrumentation of the music was a large collection from a section with strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion.  This was had a lot of the composer’s favorite style of music, which unlike early periods were written more for a purpose.

Composers today have taken and added to music even more.  With the invention of electric instruments and sound mixers, the artist can create a unique style and brand.  Which in the modern music industry, an individual can only get noticed if they have a unique sound.  One that has not been heard or tried before.  Music is always changing with time, the elements that make up that music are constantly being used in different ways.  I have just always wandered if Mozart, Beethoven and Gershwin were ever told to “turn down that crap”, or not to listen to a style how I know I was told as a kid.  

Anthony post

When listening to John Cage’s Portrayal of music, I was a little disappointed. Though there is an art to silence and it can add many different effects. I have mixed feelings on the piece, the individuality of the song is defiantly present but I would not consider complete silence “music”. The composer I chose is George Gershwin and the composition is “Rhapsody in Blue”. This piece of music can be defined as classical blues and early jazz. My reasoning for choosing this style of music for this song is, for one the instruments used in the composition are those commonly found within the style. These instruments include a variety of string, wing, and brass instruments as well as the occasional piano. Second the flow of the melody is very smooth and the instruments harmonize clearly, the tempo is kept at a moderato and occasionally rises to a allegretto for a short period before returning to a moderato.

The musical elements in the twentieth century are different from earlier periods in a few ways. To start music in earlier eras were in my opinion slower and more composed, whereas in the twentieth century you see more freedom of expression and a slightly faster tempo. Composers and songwriters today utilize this music styles and concepts, but currently some things have changed many songs from the beginning of compute editing have started to sound more electronic and less original and classical. 

ASSIGNMENT 1

When listening to John Cage’s Portrayal of music, I was a little disappointed. Though there is an art to silence and it can add many different effects. I have mixed feelings on the piece, the individuality of the song is defiantly present but I would not consider complete silence “music”. The composer I chose is George Gershwin and the composition is “Rhapsody in Blue”. This piece of music can be defined as classical blues and early jazz. My reasoning for choosing this style of music for this song is, for one the instruments used in the composition are those commonly found within the style. These instruments include a variety of string, wing, and brass instruments as well as the occasional piano. Second the flow of the melody is very smooth and the instruments harmonize clearly, the tempo is kept at a moderato and occasionally rises to a allegretto for a short period before returning to a moderato.

The musical elements in the twentieth century are different from earlier periods in a few ways. To start music in earlier eras were in my opinion slower and more composed, whereas in the twentieth century you see more freedom of expression and a slightly faster tempo. Composers and songwriters today utilize this music styles and concepts, but currently some things have changed many songs from the beginning of compute editing have started to sound more electronic and less original and classical. 

Assignment 2

Imagine that you are being interviewed for a literary magazine.

Use a Question and Answer format where you answer questions in 350 words regarding what you learned from writing your play.

Create questions and provide your responses that discuss the following:

  • How you, as the writer, used common elements, structures, form and terminology used in dramatic plays and screenplays; for instance, how does the format change the way characters are introduced or the impact of dialogue and setting?

Note: You do not need to use a particular style, such as MLA or APA, for this particular type of assignment but include a title page.

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