Jazz And Classical Music


Upon entering a modern record store, one is confronted with a wide variety of
choices in recorded music. These choices not only include a multitude of artists,
but also a wide diversity of music categories. These categories run the gamut
from easy listening dance music to more complex art music. On the complex side
of the scale are the categories known as Jazz and Classical music. Some of the
most accomplished musicians of our time have devoted themselves to a life-long
study of Jazz or Classical music, and a few exceptional musicians have actually
mastered both. A comparison of classical and Jazz music will yield some
interesting results and could also lead to an appreciation of the ...

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to Western Art
Music or European Art Music. European because most of the major composers up
till the 20th century were European. Vivaldi was Italian, Bach was German,
Mozart and Beethoven were Austrian; they are some of the more prominent
composers. Not until the twentieth century with Gershwin and a few others do we
find American composers writing this kind of art music. For the sake of
convention, we can refer to Western Art Music as Classical music.

Jazz is a distinctively American form of music, and it's history occupies a much
smaller span of time. Its origins are found in the early 1900s as some dance
band leaders in the southern U.S. began playing music that combined ragtime and
blues. Early exponents of this dance music were Jelly Roll Martin (a blues
player) and Scott Joplin (ragtime). The terms "Jazz" and "Jazz Band" first
surfaced in the year 1900. Some say this occurred in New Orleans, although
similar music was played at the same time in other places. The most ...

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most prominent compositions are for the larger symphony orchestra. The
largest part of the orchestra is the string section consisting of violins,
violas, cellos and string basses. These instruments were invented very early in
medieval times but really matured into their present form during the late 18th
century. The wind instruments, comprised of brass and woodwinds, took longer to
mature. The brass section in particular did not posses the ability to play
chromatically (in all keys) until the advent of valves which allowed the length
of the instrument to be changed while playing. This occurred around the middle
to late 19th century. Consequently, the brass instruments are less prominent ...

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