Essay on Jazz Music Has Impacted The World And Cultures

1353 Words Feb 10th, 2016 6 Pages
“Through his clear, warm sound, unbelievable sense of swing, perfect grasp of harmony, and supremely intelligent and melodic improvisations, he taught us all to play jazz” (“History of Jazz”). In this quote, Wynton Marsalis was talking about Louis Armstrong. Jazz music has impacted the world and cultures, it shares in so many ways. Modern jazz has continued in this tradition, singing the songs of a more complicated urban existence. Now, jazz is exported to the world. Jazz music greatly influenced all kinds of music that is popular today. One of the types of music that was inspired by the elements of jazz was classical. “In the early 20th century, a number of prominent European and American composers became intensely interested in Jazz and Ragtime, and wrote works attempting a fusion between jazz and classical” ("The Influence of Jazz on 20th Century Classical Music"). These composers were intrigued by complexity of jazz music. “Gershwin embraced jazz for its uniquely American characteristics, its complex rhythm, and its passion” ("The Influence of Jazz on 20th Century Music"). In a multitude of Gershwin’s compositions there are examples of complex rhythms found in jazz music. Classical composers were attracted to the exotic side of jazz and the newness of it ("The Influence of Jazz"). Johannes Brahms experimented with the complex rhythms in his own compositions. The European composers found a great interest in ragtime. Ragtime is music characterized by a…

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