Ravel and Milhaud's Use of Early Jazz in their Compositions Analytical Essay by Spider

Ravel and Milhaud's Use of Early Jazz in their Compositions
An analysis of four of Ravel and Milhaud's compositions and the influence of jazz on their music.
# 152175 | 2,511 words | 11 sources | APA | 2013 | KE
Published on Jan 10, 2013 in Music Studies (Blues, Jazz) , Music Studies (Composers)

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This paper analyzes the music of Darius Milhaud and Maurice Ravel, and how these composers address various societal issues ranging from desire in "L'Homme et Son Desir", obedience in "L'enfant et les Sortileges", the story of creation in "La Creation du Monde" and romance in "Sonata for Violin and Piano". The paper discusses how these compositions are significantly influenced by their composers' backgrounds and upbringing, and how impressionism was a big influence on many of the musical composers who then embraced it and made it part of their music. The paper also shows how all these pieces demonstrate the composers' wide emotional range and musical maturity and this is evidenced by the melody and intense feelings that each of the pieces evoke in audiences across the world.

From the Paper:

"Jazz is difficult to define especially because the period of its birth spans more than 100 years. Researchers have attempted to define it from both African and European perspectives but these attempts fail to capture the complexity of the genre. (Meeder, 2012: p. 276) A broad definition has therefore been universally accepted and this is a form of music that has its origin in the United States after Blacks encountered European music. In addition, improvisation is one of its key elements. (Hodeir, 2001: p. 96) The argument behind this description is that jazz is distinctly different in comparison to European music given the fact that jazz has a special relationship with time. Comprehensive study and analysis of travelers' journals, diaries and letters in the period between the colonial times and the civil war reveal an intriguing number of references made to slave music which the sources described as hugely percussive. (Schuller, 1986: p. 101) The sources further reveal that this specific kind of music was played during annual festivals especially during crop harvests and a few days were spent in dance and jubilation. It is important to note that in the 19th century an increasing number of black musicians learnt to play instruments like the violin which they then incorporated into their own music. (Kernfeld, 1995: p. 122)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Mathew F. J., (2010) Le Jazz: Jazz and French Cultural Identity. University of Illinois: University of Illinois Press.
  • Mawer, D., (2000) The Cambridge companion to Ravel. New York : Cambridge University Press.
  • Mawer, D., (1997) Darius Milhaud: Modality and Structure in Music of the 1920s. Aldershot: Ashgate
  • Meeder, C., (2012) Jazz: the basics. USA: Taylor and Francis.
  • Meister, B., (2006) Music Musique: French American Piano Composition in the Jazz Age. Indiana University: Indiana University Press.

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