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The quest to learn about American Composers

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Elisa Key

on 6 October 2014

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Transcript of The quest to learn about American Composers

We learned about four composers today!
Good Job!
Scott Joplin
Born in Texarkana, Arkansas
Organized his first band at the Chicago World's Fair
Wrote the Maple Leaf Rag & The Entertainer
Played ragtime music-music with a "ragged" rhythm
Main instrument: Piano
John Philip Sousa
Born in Washington, DC
Developed a Tuba you can march while playing-called the sousaphone
Known as "The March King"
Directed the U.S. Marine Band
Wrote "The Stars and Stripes Forever"
Aaron Copland
Born in Brooklyn, New York
At 20 moved to France to study music
Influenced by Jazz and folk music
Shaped our American music style
Wrote "Fanfare for the Common Man"
George Gershwin
Born in Brooklyn, New York
Wrote music with his brother Ira; George wrote the music and Ira wrote words to his music
Wrote the first opera which featured African Americans "Porgy and Bess"
Died in Hollywood, California, he was only 38
Wrote "Rhapsody in Blue"
The quest to learn about American Composers
Which one was your favorite?
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