Essay #2


In this essay, we would like you to use music analysis to concentrate on a pair of pieces; at the same time, we would like you to use analysis in the broader context of an argument.

Choose one of the pairs of musical examples listed below. Each of the pairs is related in some way--by style, performer, or time period. Relying primarily on your analysis of musical sound, construct an argument that links or contrasts them. The argument may be social or historical in nature (e.g., the nature of "blackness" as social identity); it may relate to one of the readings (e.g., Boyer's "The Hot Bach" on Ellington); or it may expand upon a few details of musical style that you choose. Regardless, your argument must relate directly to the music you listen to. You may cite, as you wish, concepts from class (biography, style), but ultimately, bring your argument to bear on the uniqueness of the individual examples.

Use your music analysis to describe short segments of each performance in detail, citing specific examples with CD/mp3 timings. Be specific in your writing by using the musical vocabulary introduced in class to articulate your points. (For a list of terms, see "Definitions" on the web site.)

All the examples are on the web site, and those marked with * are also on Ken Burns Jazz.

A few disclaimers:


Your paper should have your name, your TA's name, and your discussion section (either the COD # or the time/place).

These papers will be graded by your TAs in time for the submission of the final grades in mid-December. They are perfectly willing to provide detailed comments, but they are also pressed for time. Students who would like detailed comments should indicate this on the paper (e.g., "comments, please!"). Those students will then be responsible for picking up their papers at the beginning of the next semester.


3 to 5 pages, double-spaced.


The paper should be delivered to your TA's mailbox no later than Friday, 1 December.