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African American Music

Subjects : performing-arts, music
Instructions:
  • Answer 35 questions in 15 minutes.
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  • Match each statement with the correct term.
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1. If dancer messes up - then the drums stop






2. A musical form distinguished by its reliance on improvisation and its rhythmic urgency; America's gift to the world






3. Deliberate shifts of accent so that it conflicts with a steady beat






4. Black dance; once America's national dance






5. Rhythm characterized by syncopation in the melody and regularly accented accompaniment.






6. A complex and sophisticated type of improvisation jazz






7. 'King of Swing'






8. A steady - recurring pulse






9. Juxtaposing two or more different rhythms






10. A musical figure repeated at the same pitch throughout the composition






11. Basic rhytmic pattern that forms the foundation for complex rhythms played by multiple drums.






12. One of the most famous female blues singers; first black woman to work with a white orchestra






13. And easy-listening type of jazz






14. First recorded anti-racial song; recorded by Billie Holliday






15. A type of spontaneous musical invention






16. Form of vocal improvisation on nonsense syllables






17. Space - time - and force






18. Rebirth of African-American culture






19. Combination of jazz and rock






20. Most prolific American composer (Big Band)






21. An istrument that derives its sound by being shaken or struck.






22. An African American music that often expresses sadness - longing - or frustration






23. Structure and design of a musical composition incorporating unity - variety - content - and repitition.






24. Brightly colored woven fabric originally worn by Ashante kings






25. Jazz played by small band and characterized by ensemble and solo improvisation






26. Developed ragtime music






27. One of America's most famous jazz musicians






28. One of the most famous male blues singers who helped R & B develop






29. A measure or two where nobody plays except for the soloist.






30. 'Father of the Blues'






31. The art of planning dance






32. Big Band-first inter-racial music group






33. Ballroom that both whites






34. A larger jazz band characterized by ensemble and solo improvisation






35. A spirit dancer