Academic Papers on Music

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9 pages in length. With its roots in America, German rap and hip hop have grown throughout the years to incorporate many and various interpretations. Both mainstream and underground groups are represented in Germany, with a bigger emphasis placed on mainstream acceptance. The writer discusses how rap and hip hop have infiltrated ...

A 2 page paper that considers the impact of Salsa music on Latino children in the US and then compares this to the impact on children in Latin America. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Salsa

A 5 page research paper on the philosophical basis of Greek music. The writer focuses on the philosophies of music in relationship to mathematics, metaphysics and ethics. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 6 page discussion of the history of the organ. Covers its invention all the way to its introduction into the New World. Bibliography lists five sources.

A 4 page paper discussing the djembe drum. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

A 6 page research paper that examines the rich musical traditions of the sub-Sahara region, focusing primarily on the music of Cameroon and Nigeria. The writer discusses the technical aspects of African music as well as its universal appeal. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

A 6 page paper discussing the music of Hildegard of Bingen. This paper outlines its compositional style and how it fits in the genre of sacred music of the Middle Ages. Her musical styles and thematics have been noted in later composers. Bibliography lists five sources.

Persian Music

  • 6 page paper

A 6 page research paper on this ancient music native to present-day Iran. The writer covers such topics as the historical background of the music, intervals and scales used, the 'dastgah' concept, compositional forms, instrumentation and modern trends. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 5 page paper on the evolution of music and the composers, technology and techniques that influenced those changes. Over 25 artists discussed or listed. Paper concentrates on efforts of Chopin, Debussy, and modern artists. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 5 page paper on the the evolution of Baroque and Classical music, and the contributions of individual composes to that evolution. The paper presents technology and techniques that influenced those changes. Artists include: Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Haydn. 4 bibliographical references.

A 12 page essay that addresses the technological and social contributions of each and interrelationships between them. The paper also addresses individual pieces by each composer and compares it to the advances made in music which sets these artists apart from others. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

Art & Music / Tonality

  • 5 page paper

A 5 page research paper on tonality in art and music expressed in terms of linearity, rationality and order from the single-point perspective. The writer defines each of these and reviews them in Miro, Tzaikovsky, Magritte, Chopin, Ensor and Debussy. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

A 10 page research paper and analysis of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat; Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major; and Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor. The writer demonstrates how each concerto is representative of the century in which it was written and also of the composer. ...

Wagner/His Operas

  • 6 page paper

A 6 page research paper that examines the work of nineteenth century composer Richard Wagner. The writer argues that Wagner's place in operatic history is indisputable. The nature of his musical achievement is discussed, the first two operas in the Ring cycle are summarized, and the hypothesis that Wagner greatly influenced Hitler's Germany is briefly ...

A 5 page research paper and analysis of this famous hymn -- based on an earlier version by Martin Luther. The writer demonstrates how the Lutheran congregational chorale music influenced Bach's work and, specifically, how this hymn can be seen as a representation of Bach Baroque style. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

A 3 page analysis of Beethoven's Eighth Symphony in which the writer describes the artist's work as being more reminiscent of the Romantic Period than of the Classic. This argument is made in light of Beethoven's emphasis on being contrite, random, climactic uniquely emotional, and more. No Bibliography.

An 10 page comparative analysis on Chopin's Prelude Op. 28 No. 4 on editions of the piece by arranger/artists Autograf, Paderewski, Augener, Allans, and Henle. The paper analyzes this piece in conjunction with phrasing, pedal and dynamic markings, tempo indicators, and several of the notes themselves. This paper also has a short discussion ...

A 4 page opinion paper on a particular minuet. The writer details the structure of the piece, its quality, the composer's apparent intentions, and the emotional response of the listener. No bibliography is included.

A 4 page opinion paper on a particular minuet. The writer details the structure of the piece, its quality, the composer's apparent intentions, and the emotional response of the listener. No bibliography is included.

5 pages in length. The three composers, seemingly so different, shared a number of characteristics. The three pieces of music are examined (briefly), as is the life of the individual composers. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Antonio Vivaldi wrote his baroque concerto 'Four Seasons' in the 18th century, during a period of extended musical expressionism in Venice and throughout Italy. This 2.5 page paper provides a concise overview of Four Seasons and considers key elements such as composition, dynamics, medium, form and overall impression. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Ravel's 'Bolero'

  • 3 page paper

Maurice Ravel's 'Bolero' is believed to be one of the most popular pieces of classical music that has ever been written. In 3 pages, the writer of this paper provides an analysis of Bolero that includes an overview of the type of composition, the dynamics, tempo, melody, harmony, and an overall impression. Bibliography lists ...

A 4 page essay on how the music of the 18th century reflected the philosophical, social and political climate of the time. The writer particularly emphasizes how the music of Mozart reflected and perpetuated this ideas of the Enlightenment. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

An 11 page argumentative essay supporting the idea that Debussy is properly called an impressionist, rather than a symbolist. The paper discusses the Preludes in relationship to this argument, including the points of how Debussy utilized form to create new tonalities that influenced the composers of this century. The paper also argues the influences ...

A 5 page paper providing an overview of the life and works of Darius Milhaud, one of the most influential French composers of the 20th century. This paper suggests that even in light of signficant physical infirmities and social issues, Milhaud was still able to create over 400 works, demonstrating both his complexity and dedication ...

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