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Transcript of 1920's Music
Composers of this time period mainly influenced the classical genre that was played over the radio. This was not limited to classical however, Paul Whiteman influenced jazz in its entirety. (Paul Whiteman)
Musicians played an important role in executing and playing the music that the composers wrote in the style written. The musicians of this era will never be forgotten because of how well they portrayed the 1920s
Styles of Music
As you can see music played a huge role in shaping the culture of the 1920s people in America. Leading to different creations of music and new devices that could be played wheneve, instead of being manually played by family members.
"Everywhere was the atmosphere of a long debauch that had to end; the orchestra's played to fast, the stakes were too high at the gambling tables, the players were so empty, so tired, secretly hoping to vanish together into sleep and... maybe wake on a very distant morning and hear nothing, whatever, no shouting or crooning, find all things changed."
~Quote from Malcom Cowley,
Exile's Return: a Literary Odyssey of the 1920s (qtd."Quotes About 1920s")
MLA Works Cited
Major advancements and changes in the music technologies and the style of music occurred in the 1920s. This led to the era of jazz and swing music; including musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Paul Whiteman.
History of Music in the 'Roaring Twenties'
Irving Berlin Photograph
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"My Heart" by Louis Armstrong
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Radio and Phonograph
"New Orleans is the only place I know of where you ask a little kid what he wants to be and instead of saying 'I want to be a policeman,' or 'I want to be a fireman,' he says, I want to be a musician".
~Alan Jaff (Jazz Quotes)
The music style of the 1920s started in after WW1. The country was going through an uplifting time of prosperity and good fortune, with new inventions such as the phonograph and radio. This time period came to an end in the 1930s when the stock market crashed and the Great Depression swept the nation. (Way More than Your Textbook.)
During this time period, great musicians stole the spotlight helping end discrimination, also evolving music to not just be a family get together or an orchestral concert, but a new age of controversial music and subjects never before brought up. ("Jazz History" The Standards)
In the 1920s, there were three main styles of music each consisting of different branches and variations. These styles were known as Jazz, Dance, and Classical. each played an important role in musical history. As for variations, Swing-Jazz and Blues became popular, also Ragtime, Charleston, and Foxtrot
The music style "Jazz" originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the 1900s but did not become popular until the 1920s. This particular style of music was created by African-Americans and Creoles who normally were not credited with writing music. The tone of jazz is speakeasy and relaxed with different syncopated rhythms making fun and easy to listen to. ("Jazz History" The Standards)
Ragtime Music was a very fast paced, bouncy music that made for complicated dances, one of them being the Charleston which is well known throughout the dance community. Upper class citizens mostly danced the Charleston while middle class to lower class citizens would preform swing dances instead.
Classical music was popular among the upper and middle classes. Victor Records was one of the main promoters of the genre, featuring artists of the era. it was also played heavily on radio stations. (1920s Music.)
"1920's The Charleston." YouTube. YouTube, 25 Feb. 2007. Web. 02 Feb. 2014.
Paul Whiteman's orchestra was one of the most popular orchestras of the 1920s. Whiteman was also a solo artist playing the viola with the Francisco Symphony. He was known as the "King of Jazz" but jazz critics disliked his music considering it to be commercial. (Paul Whiteman)
Berlin was a famous Ragtime artist often being consumed by writing music and failing to sleep or socialize. Some of his work included "Alexanders Ragtime Band", "God Bless America", "White Christmas", and many others. (Irving Berlin-The Great American Composer Remembered.)
During the mid-twenties Armstrong came to fame with his two bands the Hot Five and the Hot Seven. He published his single record, "My Heart" which brought him world recognition and fame. (Louis Armstrong Biography)
A gifted piano player, Duke Ellington began professionally playing in Washington D.C. in 1917. This was uncommon due to his nationality, of African-American. (Duke Ellington)
The 1920s marked the beginning of the independent (or Indie) record companies. Some early jazz, Blues, and Country performers appeared on labels such as Glennett and Paramount. ("Jazz History" The Standards)
The Radio was originally only available to upper class citizens, but when the 1920s rolled around the price of owning a radio dropped, making it affordable for the middle class. The phonograph record became the primary source of music listening and production in the 1920s. People now did not have to play their favorite songs, instead they could listen to them. ("Jazz History" The Standards)
The record companies marketed the musicians making them popular and well known with the people. they also created a new market for music causing sky rocketing profits in music. ("Jazz History" The Standards)
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By: Cristina Port and Nick Geroux