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Anna Maria Collins
Discussion 2
Fri Feb 8, 2013 2:36pm
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I have decided to write my informative paper on a musical composer, but I have not yet decided who I would like to write about. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), AntonŪn DvorŠk (1841-1904), Bťlla Bartůk (1881-1945), or Elliott Carter (1908-2012) are each composers that I would be interested in doing research about. I have chosen the the topic of a musical composer because it interests me the most. As a music performance major and musician, it is important to have an understanding of what affected different composers, and why they composed in a certain style. This understanding will then help the performer embrace the feelings and styles that the composer intended to evoke. There are several questions that will need to be answered in order to expand my understanding of the composer and their specific style. These questions include what the composerís life was like, if there were any large influences throughout their life, and if any musical stylistic trends exist in their music. Questions such as these are important because a composerís styles are directly influenced by their life and each have a unique style that sets them apart. I plan to answer these questions by researching information about the composerís life and analyzing several pieces that they wrote from different periods and genres throughout their career. I also plan to show how and why their musical styles developed from their earlier works to their later works throughout several genres of the composerís music. There are several topics that this paper will include. The first is background historic information about the composer, such as his early, middle, and late life. These three parts of the composerís life are important because each affected the composerís style in a different way. Early, middle, and later years of their life include childhood influences, other composerís influences, travels, concerts they may have attended, their career, or any positive or negative circumstances. Another topic that I will include is common compositional techniques that are used by the composer. Composers may compose pieces that fall into different categories, such as symphonic, chamber, or solo works, and will use similar writing styles throughout each genre. I plan to find pieces that fit into genres such as these, and write about these specific writing styles and their influences.



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