Billy Strayhorn

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  • Billy Strayhorn's Contributions To Music

    Billy Strayhorn was an incredibly gifted musician, as well as a talented arranger and composer, who was best known for his work while in the band Duke Ellington and His Orchestra. His love for music stemmed from his mother, a classically trained pianist, and from playing hymns on his grandmother’s piano at a young age. Strayhorn preferred to work in the shadows, content to arrange and compose music for the band as his employer wanted. Through working with Ellington, Strayhorn blossomed as an aspiring musician and composer and was able to live a discreet life as an openly as a gay man (Ethier). Through his brilliantly crafted and refreshingly original arrangements, Strayhorn was able set the standard for jazz compositions and influence future composers and arrangers through his…

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  • Slaughterhouse-Five Chapter Summary

    Literature like a Professor book and I 'm putting myself in the eyes of the character and this is helping me to understand what Billy is going through as his time traveling experiences start. I really like using this technique. Chapter 3: I’m really enjoying this novel. Billy is struggling, as he is now a captive of German soldiers in the war. He continuously has his time travels as he is in captivity. I find it interesting that the author mentions the photographer. This photographer indirectly…

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  • The Ignorance Of The Piano Man Analysis

    The Trance of The Piano Man “Sing us a song you 're the piano man, sing us a song tonight.” Here I am laying on my cot, listening to my one of my favourite songs. Whatever grievances I was still holding onto now seems like an insignificant speck; whether it be homework, exams or even my social life. The absolutely captivating words of Billy Joel are hypnotic, and before I know it I slowly drift asleep falling under the Piano Man’s trance. I opened my eyes, disoriented and dazed; with no idea…

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  • The Apartment Film Analysis

    The Apartment Film has a specific structure that creates meaning out of a series of photographs. This structure uses a specific language to create a narrative that the spectator should be able to understand. Christian Metz believes that through denotation a stronger meaning can be derived from the connotation. The study of connotation is that it is always symbolic in its nature, while denotation is the literal sense of the film. Connotative meaning should extend over the denotative meaning…

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  • Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

    starter: Are we experts of our fate, or would we say we are pawns of destiny? The medium through which Mr. Vonnegut exhibits this question is demise. Passing is the essential issue to which all activity in the book associates. The story is essentially about the death of 135,000 regular German folks in the bombarding of Dresden. The story is additionally about Billy…

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  • Theme Of Isolation In Slaughterhouse Five

    Throughout Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, the reader gets a unique insight on the life and experience of Billy Pilgrim. Billy Pilgrim has gone through unspeakable things. There are three major aspects of Billy Pilgrim’s life that perfectly represent his experience in isolation, and how, or how not it was able to connect him with others. His experiences in the slaughterhouse, on Tralfamadorian, and with his son all answer this very peculiar question. When looking at the question itself, it…

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  • Rhetorical Devices In Slaughterhouse Five Essay

    Vonnegut does not only write about the history through his life and the Dresden bombing, but more about the impact it made on Billy, a former soldier who fought in the war. Vonnegut sorts out the rhetorical devices proper such as repetition, hyperboles, metaphors and other rhetorical devices to help give a better understanding of what Billy goes through after fighting in The Battle of Bulge. For instance, Vonnegut exploits the unintelligible phrase “and so it goes” through the story to…

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  • The In Truth Albert Camus Character Analysis

    Terrible tragedies impact virtuous people every day, seemingly without justification. Although these horrific occurrences have no apparent cause—these people may not have committed a wrongdoing or any otherwise immoral act to deserve such a punishment—they occur anyway, subjecting the unfortunate victims to unfair tragedy. The inability of humanity to find reason behind these unjust events relates to the philosophical school of absurdism, and in particular, the amorality of the universe, a key…

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  • Analysis Of The Poem: Prisoners Of War

    Discussion 5: Captives When I first read the title of this poem I thought that it could be referring to prisoners of war, taken to captivity by their enemy because in war soldiers that are captured alive are imprisoned by their enemies for their own benefit. In order to place this poem in its context I needed to conduct a little research on the author and his contributions to the First World War. I did this to determine whether the author’s knowledge was intimate or perceptive, so that I would…

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  • The Sun Also Rises Brett Ashley Analysis

    The Sun Also Rises is Ernest Hemingway's first published novel, released in 1926. The novel displays the effect that the horrors and casualties of World War One had on the character's views on love, justice, religion and morality. The Sun Also Rises follows the characters Brett Ashley, Bill Gorton, and Jake Barnes, two of which greatly exemplify the great affect World War One had on the religious faith of those who it harmed. This shift in their religious and moral views dictates how they cope…

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