Genres in Music: From Handel to Hip-Hop

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Genres in Music: From Handel to Hip-Hop (22:00)
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Throughout history, musicians and musical works have reflected the fashion, culture, and social attitudes of their times. Music today is more diversified than ever, from the megahits of teen pop stars to the depth and emotionality of gospel choirs to the tones and textures produced by large-scale orchestras. Add to this the unstoppable forces of MySpace, YouTube, the iPod, and a rapidly expanding community of independent labels and producers, and the result is a kaleidoscope of styles, movements, and voices. This program gives students an overview of musical genres, including forms of classical music, rock and pop, musical theater, 20th- and 21st-century film music, heavy metal, and rap. Viewable/printable educational resources are available online. (22 minutes)

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Segments in this Video - (6)

1. Music: Universal Communicator (05:04)
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A student who listens to his iPod in class is given the assignment to write a history of music from Handel to hip hop.

2. Classical Music (1750-1820) (03:13)

During the classical period of music, composers like Mozart, Hayden, and Beethoven entertained people of all ages. It is marked by balance and restraint in reaction to the over decorated music, fashion, and architecture of the Baroque era.

3. Romantic Era (1820-1900) (00:49)

From 1820s and onward came the Romantic era of music in a time of revolution, emotion, and female composers. Prominent composers include Tchaikovsky.

4. Opera and Musical Theater (03:22)

Musical theater dates back to ancient Greece, Today, musical theater is hugely popular for all age and interest groups. Operas are about the drama of human life.

5. Contemporary and Popular Music (04:02)

Rock music has its roots in the 1940s and 1950s. It developed through artists like Little Richard, was made famous by Elvis, and was further developed by bands like the Kinks, the Doors, U2, and the Rolling Stones.

6. Urban, Hip Hop & Rap Music (03:46)

Hip Hop and rap music emerged from the African-American urban experience in the 1970s and 1980s. In the 1990s gangsta emerges, a genre of hip hop that reflects the violent lifestyles of some inner-city youths.

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