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Be bop

Characteristics

Music style based on dissonant chords, chromatic ascents, very quick tempo, frequent harmonic changes (at least once in every measure).

Interpretation needs 4 to 8 musicians (combos) who use the following instruments: piano or guitar, double bass, drums (for the rythmic section, the first three ones also enrich the harmonic section), saxophone (alto and/or tenor), trumpet, trombone (for the melodic section).

History

Be bop is born because some musicians wanted to express themselves in a different way than traditional jazz orchestra (big bands) and also swing (which is a dance music) and knew its golden age between 1940 and 1950.

Main composers

Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus

Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91dolWWdetI

(Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie)

Charles Mingus

(Photo : Charles Mingus)

Post written and published by Françoise Delsaux (Arpege Music Software Development)

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Barcarolle

Music characteristics

Classic piece which tries to reproduce the chant of the Venitian gondoliers. It has a ternary form 6/8, 9/8, 12/8 and the accompaniment is regular (as the movement of a rowing boat).

History

This is a style of the romantic period (19th century).

Main compositors

Mendelssohn (Romances without Words, «Venitianisches Gondollied»), Chopin, Offenbach, Tchaïkovsky

Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGOI1JgcfOE

(Mendelssohn)

Offenbach

(Painting : Offenbach, by Grünewald)

Post written and published by Françoise Delsaux (Arpege Music Software Developmen)

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