HWMF Listening Posts 2012 - Aug. - Dec. series (1-8)

 
 
HYDERABAD WESTERN MUSIC FOUNDATION

Presented Listening Post (Series 1-8 by Pratap Antony)

 

Ist LISTENING POST Sunday 26th August 2012 A CHRONICLE OF INSTRUMENTAL JAZZ - 1917 to 1964
 While nobody likes to define Jazz, here are ways to recognise Jazz.
.   Jazz Swings - it has a rhythm that makes you sway and swing, rather than rock back and forth.
.   Jazz has passages within the arrangement for musical improvisation.
.   Jazz also has some flattened notes in odd places within the composition called ‘blue’ notes.
.   And Jazz creates and conveys a variety of emotions in the listener.
 
2nd LISTENING POST   Sunday 9th September 2012    JAZZ OVER THE YEARS 1960 – TO DATE
     Though Jazz is considered to be music that is partly planned and partly spontaneous, Jazz compositions are highly structured and completely planned pieces of music.
 
3rd LISTENING POST 1st Classical Music   Sunday 23rd September 2012  
HARMONY & ORCHESTRATION - J.S. BACH - W.A. MOZART – L BEETHOVEN
     Music is essentially Melody and Rhythm. Melody is the tune that you can easily catch and hum. It is the “lead" piece of music that is recognizable and repeatable. Melody can be thought of as the top of a pyramid. Rhythm is the other element of music that makes music, music! Rhythm is the backbone and structure that defines melody. Without Rhythm, music would not be disciplined. Rhythms and pulse, patterns and speed or tempo, drives music forward. The combination of melody and rhythm is the basis that makes ‘sense’ of music. Melody is the most memorable part of a song. Rhythm is the most important element because it makes the melody interesting. And harmony! Harmony is the flesh that gives rhythm and melody substance.
 
4th LISTENING POST SUNDAY 14th October 2012   JAZZ TRANSITIONS...
      In the last two jazz listening sessions we established that to recognise jazz, the music should swing, or, have passages of improvisation, or, have intriguingly placed flattened (blue) notes, and/or, create a variety of emotions. Jazz is not all improvisation. Jazz compositions are highly structured and completely planned pieces of music. So, one can say Jazz is partly planned and partly spontaneous. Yet, though there is improvisation within the structure of the song, and depending upon the size of the ensemble, the artists – musicians and singers bring their own special style of improvisation to each song. 
 
5th LISTENING POST 28th October 2012   FOUR ERA’S OF CLASSICAL MUSIC 
Harmony and orchestration is what classical music is about! In classical music, whatever the musical era, the composer writes every instrumental and vocal part; the harmony, the tempo, the volume, the dynamics, the expression, the arrangements i.e., where each instrument or section comes in, so that the musicians play together as one. In classical music there is no place for mistakes or bum notes, because the musicians have to coordinate their part with the others and mistakes would affect everybody else in the ensemble or orchestra. Composers pre-plan every detail of the composition, and musicians play their part. The musicians do not improvise.
 
6th LISTENING POST 11th November 2012 VOCAL JAZZ   PAST & PRESENT
SINGING JAZZ - A Jazz singer - most jazz singers do not like to be classified as such - but a singer whose first love in music is Jazz, makes the music swing. Jazz singers improvise by scatting spontaneous passages like a horn, or an instrument of their preference ‘dabba dabba doing’ or ‘doobee doobie dooing’ some great improvisations. Or, they interpret the songs with phrasing which is unusual, but within the rigid structure of the song, taking liberties with the timing without changing the timing or missing a beat. And, they change the melody without distorting it.
 
7th LISTENING POST    25th November 2012   CLASSICAL - SOUND OF THE SONATA
Actually, Sonata simply means 'instrumental music’! The word sonata refers to music that was 'sounded' and not 'sung'. It is pure instrumental composition. But, sometime in the eighteenth century, the term Sonata began to be applied to a particular form of composition. This form divides a musical work into four contrasting movements.
 
8th LISTENING POST    Sunday 9th December 2012 MILES DAVIS - BE-BOP TO JAZZ-ROCK 
Miles Davis 1926 -1991- Miles Davis was the most innovative musician in jazz. An emotional soloist and a challenging group leader. REMEMBERING MILES by Carlos Santana - I remember Miles Davis. Miles the enigma, the musical shaman, and Miles the divine rascal. Miles the artist, the evolved spirit beyond duality/beyond good and evil, and Miles, my mentor: Miles my friend.
 
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