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    Ragtime And Blues Analysis

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    Ragtime and blues are the foundations of jazz. Both were initially very popular among African Americans as jazz came from an African background. The blues contain the musical structure of jazz with the 12 bar pattern, while ragtime supplies the unique syncopations and improvisations. The early musicians of blues and ragtime would eventually provide the transition necessary to move into jazz.…

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    Social Changes In Ragtime

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    In the Novel Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow we are given much historical insight on the changes affecting the United States during the late 1800s and early 1900s. These changes are not only shown through the context of the novel, but through the three families and individual characters represented in the book. Characters react to the changing environment around them in many different ways. Some changes affecting characters in good ways and some in not so good ways. Doctorow shows many social changes…

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    began to combine several styles together, this included Gospel music, March music, and African American dance styles like the Cakewalk and the two-step along with syncopation. This style was given a new genre called Ragtime. Ragtime music became widely popular in the United States around 1890’s through the 1900’s and was a precursor to Jazz. Ragtime is a musical genre that is composed for the piano typically in a duple meter. It contained a syncopated lead, which is played with the right hand,…

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    Ragtime music appeared during a period of ballads and parlor music, so ragtime was a source of rebellion in the musical world. Ragtime is a term to identify an era of American music original between the years 1896 and 1917; Ragtime set a new agenda in popular music and brought forth a social revolution. Historical ragtime was pioneered by the black population and was resisted by the Victorian style music of the time (Ostendorf, 579), which makes sense to why only the black sheep of the family,…

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    musicians that are credited with making jazz into what it is today, one of the earliest attributors was the “King of Ragtime,” Scott Joplin. Joplin earned his title due to his success—despite racial barriers—in developing the sub-genre of ragtime in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Joplin’s sound and style created a crucial link in the history of jazz and laid the foundations for future musicians to further progress the genre. The term “ragging” is derived from the art of…

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    The Elements Of Jazz

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    As one of the most quintessentially American musical genres, jazz reflects the vast diversity of the United States’s active cultural and ethnic traditions. Though jazz did not distinguish itself as a distinct form until the late 19th century, it draws from other tributary sources, namely ragtime and blues. Indeed, an essential characteristic of jazz is its ability to constantly evolve and incorporate elements of antecedent and contemporary music that lend it vitality and richness. Defined by…

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    Houdini's Irony

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    As a 2nd grade student I was enrolled in “Magic Lessons” at the Houdini Museum in Appleton, which of course held some of Mr. Radner’s collection. I spent years taking lessons there with some great local talents leading the way! It was during that time that I had a very supportive teacher who did a unit on Houdini, and this had a huge impact on my life and my personal growth. I remain in contact with that teacher to this day! This year she retired from teaching, and I was able to find a replica…

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    Ragtime Music

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    melody d. harmony a. rhythm: As an element of music, rhythm describe how is the song organized in patterns to create certain form of music. b. beat: It is the basic unit of time with which the rhythm of the song is measured, as a pulse. Also it can be used to refer the fundamental rhythmic organization. c. melody: It is the organization of notes of different pitches. d. harmony: It refers to the organization of chords used around a melody. 2. Explain how Ragtime music combines the…

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    Ragtime Analysis

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    cultures. In New Orleans the primary cultures and ethnicities seen included: Caucasians, Africans, Caribbean people, and Creoles, i.e. multiracial Africans (Harrison). In this mix of a city the ability for intermixing of cultures was possible, and this city would be known as the birth place of jazz. The cultures were not the only thing to mix but also the music mixed two of which were the blues and ragtime. Jazz as…

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    Ragtime Jazz is considered the first completely American Music. As mentioned before ragtime jazz was popular towards the end of the 19th century and about two decades of the twentieth century. Musical Characteristics: Ragtime Jazz is structured in a way that is similar to the march. this music style’s use of syncopation is what makes it distinguishable. Ragtime Jazz is lively and springy and is ideal to dance for, much like todays music. The name “Ragtime Jazz” is believed to be a contraction…

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