Listening Log

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A. Sound of the music: What does the first selection sound like? (How can we describe it in terms of melody, harmony, rhythm, tone color, and form? How is the sound similar to or different from music you are more familiar with?)(2 points) Answer below: The first selection, “Hotter Than That”, is a very colorful, upbeat presentation of traditional jazz. The tempo is in 4/4 and is played at around 100 beats per minute. Mr. Armstrong moves quickly and widely with the trumpet from high, vibrato tones to low, mellow contradictions. There is the bright addition from a drum-set that keeps the beat up. The Clarinet begins playing at about 45 seconds into the song, which helps to add a mellow opposition to the brassy, crisp sound of the…show more content…
This follows the standard of improvisation. This type of arrangement also adds a lot of excitement and swing, making the listening want to move right along with the beat. C. Compare and contrast: Now compare the first selection with the second. (In what ways are they alike, and how are they different? Refer to the Listening Guides in the textbook.) (3 points) Answer below: The first and second selection both use similar instruments: a trumpet/coronet, a string (guitar) to play bass, a clarinet, and drums. However, the second does not include the addition of vocals. Both arrangements do posses a noticeable swing aspect. The difference in the trumpet and coronet help with the overall mood. The first arrangement uses trumpet and is very brassy and crisp. The coronet in the second selection is much softer in tone and bell-like. Additionally, the rhythm is around 70 beats per minute in the second selection vs. the first arrangement being about 50% faster at around 100 beats per minute. Bix Beiderbecke plays much more of a ballad all the instruments play throughout the song, which makes the improvisation harder
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