Friday, October 7, 2016

American Legacy Music: What Makes Music Sound American?

Powerful Horses by Wojtek Kwiatoski
Artist: William Robinson Leigh

Foul Rope by William Leigh 

American music represents all the people who have lived here.  To capture the spirit of the west Aaron Copland used "Hoedown" music for the finale of his famous music for the Rodeo ballet.


Agnes DeMille talks about creating American ballet.  
Jazz became an American art form with the merger of African rhythms and American melodies: Caravan by Duke Ellington adds middle Eastern melodies conjuring a camel caravan across the desert with jazz musical ideas:
Gabriel's Oboe is a particularly lovely piece which was used in the movie "The Mission"
John Philip Sousa wrote many iconic marches and here is the Free Lance March:

Maple Leaf Rag performed on pianola by composer Scott Joplin:

Maple Leaf Rag performed by small ensemble.  Music is transformed by which instruments are playing and a change of tempo and dynamics:
The Orchestra of Southern Utah performs all of these pieces on their opening concert Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center.  The concert includes performances by the Cedar High Advanced Orchestra and SUU Jazz Band.  More info:

poster design by Rollan Fell

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