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Who Were the New England Transcendentalist Philosophers? How Did They Influence Charles Ives? What Are the Four Movements of Ives’s “New England Holidays” Symphony? Describe Charles Ives’s Compositional Techniques That

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Our last class in this Thursday, April 12.
We will learn about the American composer George Gershwin, and how he fused jazz with classical techniques in his "Rhapsody in Blue." Then you will take your last quiz. here are some questions to help you prepare.

Cite at least two artistic manifestations of modernism that appeared in Europe (and America) at the beginning of the twentieth century. Give specific examples of each in both the visual arts and music. What is 4’33” (four minutes and 33 seconds)? Who created it? Describe it. What is a prepared piano?

Which composer conceived the idea of “composing in twelve tones”? What is “concrete music”?
What is “polytonality”?
What is “aleatoric music”?
Who composed The Rite of Spring?
Was The Rite of Spring conceived as an opera, a ballet, a symphony, a concerto, an oratorio or a song? Describe the premiere performance of The Rite of Spring and give reasons for what happened. Who were the New England Transcendentalist Philosophers? How did they influence Charles Ives? What are the four movements of Ives’s “New England Holidays” Symphony? Describe Charles Ives’s compositional techniques that you heard in “New England Holidays” Symphony. Choose one specific composition that you heard for the first time in this course, and that made a strong impression on you. What is the title? Who is the composer? Describe the music and then analyze why it had such an effect on you. Use analytical techniques and terminology that you learned in this course.

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