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His World As Composed by Mingus: This 5 page report discusses the autobiography of jazz musician Charles Mingus. Mingus takes many unexpected turns and strange detours in telling his life story, just as he did in “telling” his musical interpretations. His telling bends and molds facts to his own purposes as if they too were musical notes. The ...

Johann Sebastian Bach

  • 4 page paper

A 4 page research paper that offers a brief biography of Bach's life, an overview of his style and musical accomplishments, and a musical analysis of his Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major. Biography lists 2 sources.

Duke Ellington/Caravan

  • 8 page paper

An 8 page research paper that discusses and analyzes Duke Ellington's composition "Caravan." The writer offers a brief biography of Ellington and then discusses contextual information pertaining to "Caravan." Bibliography lists 10 sources.

In four pages this paper offers a brief biography of Bob Dylan and considers the lyrics of his 1965 song, Highway 61 Revisited in terms of meaning and context. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.

A 10 page research paper that examines the life and work of nineteenth century composer Franz Liszt. The writer particularly focuses on a musical analysis of Liszt's "Les Preludes," but the paper also includes an extensive biography that discusses Liszt's career as the "rock star" of his era. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

An 8 page paper which presents a biography of the life of Hector Lavoe. The paper discusses how Lavoe was a man who lived an apparently very tragic life, while mesmerizing people with his voice and his Latin song. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

A 10 page research paper that investigates all aspects of what is involved in opening a piano studio, including how to set up a good web site. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

La Sonnambula

  • 5 page paper

( 5 pp) La Sonnambula (1831)is one of Vincenzio Bellini's (1801-1835)top three operas among the listening audience, and in tone is certainly the most light-hearted. This is not to cancel in any way the vocal pyro-technics of the bel canto tradition, which appears in this performance. The performers are not power-driven, ...

An 8 page outline covering the technological history of the vinyl disc, prehistory influences, marketing influences, and advancements in the industry since the first vinyl discs. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

“I Alone” by Live

  • 3 page paper

A 3 page essay that offers a personal interpretation of the song’s lyrics. “I Alone” is a song from the 1994 album by the band Live, Throwing Copper. Examination of the lyrics for “I Alone” reveal that the message of the song can be interpreted on a number of levels; however, elements within the song ...

This 8-page paper discusses the artist R. Kelly, the criminal charges pending against him, and why it is that, despite his legal problems, he still continues to attract a loyal fan base, create records that sell millions and perform at sell-out concerts. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 10 page research paper that examines the latest legal difficulties of the online phenomenon, Napster, and how this new technology is fundamentally changing the record industry. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

A 3 pages research paper/analysis of the song “Hotel California” by the Eagles and what the song’s images convey about the culture and history of California. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

In this page paper as we talk about art in the city, we will consider its history, color, energy, danger and resolution. Because all of those factors were present in jazz musician Miles Davis, we use him as an example of the urban art form itself. Bibliography lists 10 ...

A 5 page research paper that examines Ludwig Van Beethoven's piano sonata in C-sharp minor, which is better known as the "Moonlight" Sonata, and his chorale finale to the his Ninth Symphony. The writer argues that these works represent very different eras in musical history. After first describing the similarities and differences that are ...

Ladies in Jazz

  • 8 page paper

An 8 page research paper that looks at the history of women performers in jazz. The general public assumes that jazz is male territory. Even though the names of some of the women who were influential in jazz history are well known, it's as if somehow they don't count-they were flukes-exceptions. Nevertheless, women have ...

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 22 page research paper that examines both the Baroque cello (differences between the Baroque and modern instruments, its history and development) and the nature of Baroque performance (the various requirements for playing Baroque cello, practical performance tips). Bibliography lists 7 sources.

A 5 page paper that discusses the life and career of jazz pianist and pop vocalist Nat "King" Cole. Included is a short history of Cole's musical background as a child as well as a brief description of his years with the King Cole Trio before embarking on a solo vocalist career in 1950. ...

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. ...

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.

This 9 page paper discusses the similarities and diffeences between the "artistic brothers" Eugene Delacroiix and Frederick Chopin. Delacroix labeled Chopin, "a man of exquisite heart and.. mind" - quite a complement coming one of the foremost French artists of the nineteenth century. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

The Art of Conducting

  • 18 page paper

An 18 page research paper that explores the role of the conductor and his relationship to the composer, the orchestra, and the audience. The writer examines the techniques involves in the art of conducting, the required expertise and how these factors facilitate the orchestra's performance. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

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