Essay about Listening On The Music Produced By Bessie Smith

761 Words Oct 31st, 2015 4 Pages
Listening to the music produced by Bessie Smith called St. Louis Blues, some musical aspects come out clearly. Coming to be known as one of the fundamental jazz plays in history, it has comprised of the blues aspect in the rhythmic flow, a quality that had not been explored. The song by Bessie Smith uses the famous saxophone as the foremost redundant melodic flow that accompanies by Bessie Smith singing. There is also the vibraphone that is played in the background. The combination of these instruments bring out the jazzy flow coined with the rhythm and blues aspect making the song one of a kind.
In the first listen, the expression of the singer, which seems acoustic in nature despite the background play bring out the message in the song. Based as a description of what used to mare the African American community, the song expresses the anguish especially in the tone of the song. The somber nature expressed in the lyrics of the song are in conjunction with the soft but squeaky musical instruments. The musical instruments in the first few seconds of the song are also catchy, with it taking twist from the opening tango melodies to the jazzy and blues musical arrangements.
The rhythmic form of the song is unusual, because the verses are in the current familiar twelve-bar composition with three lines of lyrics. Listening to the song, it is clear that the composer, W.C. Handy decided to have a repetitive first two lines with the third line being different. This aspect gave the…

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