Music Discussion


This is a music discussion, choose ONE topic from the given two.

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Be sure to read the online lesson before reading this discussion board. Since each group will be participating in only one discussion board, every participant will have
time to craft a thoughtful initial post of about 300 to 350 words in length. Think of the discussion
board as an opportunity to write a mini-essay. We recommend that you prepare your post as a
Word document, so that you can polish your writing before posting it. (You can then copy and
paste your text into the discussion board.) These discussion boards are more about quality than
quantity. Discussion Board #1: Early Jazz
Posting and Responding Group: Group Cool
While Group Cool members will be the only ones posting and responding on this discussion
board, everyone is expected to listen to the ten recordings under consideration, and to read all the
posts and responses on this discussion board. Listen to the ten Recordings and Information for Discussion Board #1. There may be a few
related listening questions on the Lesson Quiz. NOTE: It is recommended that you open this
link in a new tab. To do this, right click on the link, and select “Open Link in New Tab” from
the drop down menu. This will allow you to toggle between the discussion board and the
recordings. Read the introductory information relating to the ten recordings, and then listen to each of the ten
recordings. Read the two question topics associated with each recording. Consider which
recordings interest you most. Before making your own initial post, be sure to read any posts on the discussion board that your
groupmates have already made. When possible, select a recording that has not yet been
addressed, so that all ten recordings are addressed. With approximately twenty members on
each group, there should be no more than two group members addressing the same recording. And if you are the second one to write about a particular recording, select the topic that the first
writer did not choose. In all cases, strive not to repeat those things that have already been stated
in others’ posts; strive to offer fresh observations. There is an abundance of musical material to
allow this. Use the recording title, followed by either Topic 1 or Topic 2, as the title of your post (e.g., Dippermouth Blues, Topic 1). Specifically, the ten recordings are:
“Dippermouth Blues”
“Black Bottom Stomp” (Listening List) ***
“King Porter Stomp”
“Blue Horizon” (Listening List) ***
“Potato Head Blues”
“Struttin’ with Some Barbeque”
“Weather Bird”
“West End Blues” (Listening List) ***
“Singin’ the Blues” (Listening List) ***
“The Charleston” (Listening List) ***
Group Cool members: Post your mini-essay by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, and respond to two or
three of your groupmates’ posts by 11:59 p.m. Sunday. Regarding the responses: Sooner is better. That way, there is more opportunity for discussion. NOTE: Canvas does not allow us to limit a student’s technical capability to post on any board
that the student can see. This means that you must know whether the discussion board is
assigned to your group, and whether you are supposed to be posting and responding on the board, or simply reading all the posts and responses of the assigned group, and listening to all the
recordings on the discussion board. If you mistakenly post on a discussion board that is not
assigned to your group, you will not receive credit for that work. The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz, Volume 1. Penn State MMC: MCD90-425] Frankie
Trumbauer and His Orchestra, “Singin’ the Blues” (Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields), New
York, 1927 Bix Beiderbecke, cornet (c) Frankie Trumbauer, C-melody saxophone (C-melody
sax) Miff Mole, trombone (tb) Jimmy Dorsey, clarinet and alto saxophone (cl, as) Paul Mertz, piano (p) Eddie Lang, guitar (g) Chauncey Morehouse, drums (d)
Topic 1: “Singin’ the Blues” is performed by C-melody saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer and
cornetist Bix Beiderbeck, who like Armstrong brought the soloist to the forefront of jazz. After
a short introduction the melody and form of this piece can be heard between 00:07 and 01:02. What instrument is playing the melody? Does it sound written or improvised? Describe the
guitar accompaniment during the melody by Lang. Is he playing chords or playing single lines
in a style similar to a horn? Now describe each of the soloists. Compare and contrast Bix’s
cornet playing with that of Armstrong. The last chorus of this piece occurs at 02:00. Would
you describe this section as having collective improvisation? Compare and contrast the sound
of this group and Armstrong’s Hot Seven and “Potato Head Blues.”
Topic 2: The form of “Singin’ the Blues” can be heard between 00:07 and 01:01. How many
bars is this form? What is the form? Hint: It is not a 12-bar blues or an AABA song form, the
form of this piece has 2 sections. Listen to the entire piece and list the order of soloists. How
many choruses does each of the soloists play in this piece? Now listen to two short sections:
00:59 – 01:02 and 01:27 – 01:31. Describe what happens in these sections. What would you
call this technique? Hint: This technique also occurs in “Black Bottom Stomp.” In these
two short sections Trumbauer and Bix play for how many bars? In what section of the form
does the short clarinet solo occur. Describe the last chorus of the piece: 02:00 to the end. Is
the melody played at the end as it is in the beginning of the piece?