HUMA118- M05 Journal - War of the Romantics; Smells like Teen Spirit
You may select based on your own interest; all that is asked is that you engage your ... [Show More] mind and respond with insight and complete thought. Tip: The “Featured Listening” sections in your textbook may help you to apply musical terms accurately as you analyze and reflect on these prompts.
Prompt 1 (Historical):
So what was the “War of the Romantics” and whose side would you take?
Expound on this by answering the following:
• Which groups were involved? Describe the difference of opinion that created tension between these groups.
• Select a side to join. (You may not straddle the fence… you must make a choice.) What influenced your choice to join this side? How does this reflect your own preferences or beliefs?
• What benefit, if any, did this tension bring to the historical development of music? Explain your position.
Prompt 2 (Expressive Potential in Music):
The author, Nour Sharif, of How Classical Music Influenced Modern Metal Music (Links to an external site.) sums up his early musical experience in this single sentence: “Metal music provided me with a medium in which all my energy and early teen angst can travel through and out of my system, while the boring music I was undoubtedly playing as a beginner pianist and which was crucial to my musical education, did not provide an outlet for those pent up feelings.” Maybe for you it was metal as well, or possibly ska/punk, country, or rap.
Locate a musician who captured your teenage years and analyze their sound. What can you learn from it now? Why do you think this style of music was particularly attractive to your teenage self?
If you are feeling lost for where to begin, refer back to these foundational chapters:
• Chapter 1: Elements of Music – Sound, Rhythm, Melody, and Harmony
• Chapter 2: Elements that Structure Music – Key, Texture, and Form
• Chapter 3: Musical Instruments and Ensembles [Show Less]