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- Give a brief definition of the following: a rhythm b. beat c. melody d. harmony
- Explain how Ragtime music combines the elements of both Europe and Africa.
- What are the instruments found in a standard rhythm section?
- How did the minstrel show change after the Civil War?
- What was the name of the area in New York where the music publishing industry evolved in the late 1800s?
- Who was one of the most important songwriter before the Civil War? What styles did he compose in?
- How did the influence of minstrel shows carry over into American popular entertainment AFTER the shows were no longer popular?
- What were both positive and negative contributions of the minstrel show in American life and popular song? (at last 2 each!)
- How did James Reese Europe influence popular music? What dance did he help popularize?
- What are the three main sources of popular music? What did each contribute to the popular sound?
- What is meant by the blues form? Discuss the harmonic form and how the text (words) are organized.
- Who was Bessie Smith? What style of music is associated with her and what are 3 contributions she made to popular music?
- How did ragtime change the way African-American composers viewed their own music?
- What kinds of stage entertainment became popular after the Civil War?
- Who was the most important composer of concert band music in the late 1800’s?
What three traits does his music share with Stephen Foster and George M. Cohan?
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