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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. Rebirth of African-American culture






2. A spirit dancer






3. 'Father of the Blues'






4. Black dance; once America's national dance






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






6. If dancer messes up - then the drums stop






7. A steady - recurring pulse






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






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






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






11. Most prolific American composer (Big Band)






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






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






14. And easy-listening type of jazz






15. 'King of Swing'






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






17. Combination of jazz and rock






18. Space - time - and force






19. Developed ragtime music






20. Ballroom that both whites






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






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






23. A type of spontaneous musical invention






24. Juxtaposing two or more different rhythms






25. Form of vocal improvisation on nonsense syllables






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






27. Brightly colored woven fabric originally worn by Ashante kings






28. Big Band-first inter-racial music group






29. The art of planning dance






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






31. A complex and sophisticated type of improvisation jazz






32. One of America's most famous jazz musicians






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






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






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