Music Essays (Examples)

Filter results by:


View Full Essay

Buddy Bolden and the Blues

Words: 1423 Length: 4 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 89616354

Black Southerner’s World in the US Before Civil Rights
Part 1 A Conversation with Amari Baraka
A I agree that blues is a non-diatonic music and does slur and slide the notes, which is the style that came from West Africa—but I also think that the blues is more than just that. There are a lot of things happening in blues and a lot of different styles that are incorporated into it, such as the style of gospel music, the harmonies of the southern church choirs and spirituals were incorporated into blues music. The black southerners turned these gospel songs into spirituals along with the instruments of the time such as fiddles and guitars, which they would use for its strings as well as a type of drum on which they would tap out the rhythm of their songs. Or there was Buddy Bolden with his brass instruments, infusing the…… [Read More]

Barker, D. (1998). Buddy Bolden and the Last Days of Storyville. NY: Continuum.
View Full Essay

stevie wonder prodigy in the dark

Words: 1660 Length: 6 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 15428366

Blind since birth, Stevie Wonder went on to become one of the world’s most renowned musicians. Steveland Hardaway Morris (nee Judkins) was born in 1950, and by the age of eleven had already signed with Motown Records. His fate sealed as a child prodigy and a budding soul, rhythm and blues star, the next several decades of his career brought “Little Stevie Wonder” increasingly into the mainstream spotlight. By the 1980s, Stevie Wonder had become a fully-fledged pop star, with more than twenty Grammy awards under his belt, an Academy Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award, and an induction into the Rock and Roll hall of fame (“Famous People with Visual Impairments,” n.d.). Being blind did not make Stevie Wonder any more famous than he would have been otherwise, just as being blind would never have prevented him from making his mark on the world.
Early Years
Stevie Wonder was born…… [Read More]

“100 Greatest Singers of All Time,” (2010). Rolling Stone. 3 Dec, 2010.
“Famous People with Visual Impairments,” (n.d.).
Hamilton, J. (2016). The greatest creative run in the history of popular music. Slate. 19 Dec, 2016.
Huey, S. (n.d.). Artist biography: Stevie Wonder. All Music.
Weisman, E.R. (1985). The good man singing well. Critical Studies in Mass Communication 2(2): 136-151.
Yenigun, S. (2017). Stevie Wonder reflects on Motown, God, and Prince. NPR. 30 Aug, 2017.
View Full Essay

Global Influence of Peking Opera

Words: 2948 Length: 9 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 23245422

Peking Opera and Its Influence
Peking Opera is a form of conventional Chinese theatre whose origin can be traced back to the late 18th Century.  In comparison to the other kinds of Chinese theatre that existed at that time, Peking Opera was a relatively new style of drama.  This theatre involved the combination of music, dance, and acrobatics that was presented in a lively and colorful way (Gao par, 1).  During this ancient times, dancers would perform Peking Opera at religious ceremonies and feudal lords’ festivals.  While Peking Opera emerged in the late 18th Century, it became completely developed and recognized by mid-19th Century.  Since its inception, Peking Opera has played a crucial role in sharing the Chinese culture across the globe.  Peking Opera conveys a national spiritual essence that is accompanied with elegance and beauty.  Peking Opera has developed to become a tool of transnationalism and acculturation through conveying…… [Read More]

Works Cited
Chinavine. "The Peking Opera." Chinavine. Creative Commons, n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2017. .
Cifuentes, Anastasia. "The Stagecraft and Influence of Classical Chinese Opera – Fringe Arts." Fringe Arts. Fringe Arts, 29 July 2014. Web. 07 Dec. 2017. .
Gao, Sally. "A Brief History Of Peking Opera." Culture Trip. Culture Trip, 14 Dec. 2016. Web. 07 Dec. 2017. .
Hui-Qian, Zang, Sun Zhi-Xiang, and Xiang Yu-Xin. "Opera Translation and Globalization of Chinese Local Culture: A Case Study of Wuxi Opera." Journal of Literature and Art Studies 7.8 (2017): 1031-038. Print.
Lam, Joseph. "Chinese Music and Its Globalized Past and Present." Macalester International. Macalester International, 2008. Web. 7 Dec. 2017. .
Li, Yiman. "STUDY OF SYMBOLIC EXPRESSIONS IN PEKING OPERA’S COSTUMES AND LYRICS." University of Central Florida. University of Central Florida, 2008. Web. 7 Dec. 2017. .
Liu, Yao-Kun. "Peking Opera and Grotowski's Concept of "Poor Theatre"." Comparative Literature and Culture 12.1 (2010): 1-7. Print.
Min, Cai. "Peking Opera: Sharing Chinese Culture with the World." Editorial. Confucius Institute Magazine. Confucius Institute, 2015. Web. 7 Dec. 2017. .
View Full Essay

Protest Songs of the 70s

Words: 1353 Length: 5 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 42459383

The Sixties and the Seventies were a complicated era. On the one hand it was the height of the Cold War. On the other hand, it was the height of the peace and love movement. It was an era in which the culture of America was being shaped from that point on. Feminism sparked in the 1970s, but so too did the punk movement. Before that rock ‘n’ roll had deviated into hippie music with artists singing about wearing flowers in one’s hair. The punks would spike their hair to look menacing in response to the flower people. The era was like a pendulum swinging back and forth—an action here being met by a reaction there, back and forth, on throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

When Kennedy was elected in 1960, the Cold War was underway and communism in Cuba was viewed as a threat by some—though not by all.…… [Read More]

Works Cited
Anderson, Terry. The Sixties. Routledge, 1999.
Beatles. I Want to Hold Your Hand.
Creedence Clearwater Revival. Wrote a Song for Everyone, 1969.
The Doors. Hello, I Love You.
McKenzie, Scott. San Francisco.
Ramones. Havana Affair, 1976. Retrieved from
Sex Pistols. God Save the Queen.