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African American Music

Subjects : performing-arts, music
Instructions:
  • Answer 35 questions in 15 minutes.
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1. An African American music that often expresses sadness - longing - or frustration






2. Space - time - and force






3. A steady - recurring pulse






4. Ballroom that both whites






5. Black dance; once America's national dance






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






7. 'Father of the Blues'






8. The art of planning dance






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






10. Juxtaposing two or more different rhythms






11. Combination of jazz and rock






12. One of America's most famous jazz musicians






13. A type of spontaneous musical invention






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






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






16. Brightly colored woven fabric originally worn by Ashante kings






17. Developed ragtime music






18. And easy-listening type of jazz






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






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






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






22. If dancer messes up - then the drums stop






23. Most prolific American composer (Big Band)






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






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






26. Big Band-first inter-racial music group






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






28. A spirit dancer






29. Rebirth of African-American culture






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






31. A complex and sophisticated type of improvisation jazz






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






33. Form of vocal improvisation on nonsense syllables






34. 'King of Swing'






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