Revolutionary Music Comparison Essay by kaleighleigh

Revolutionary Music
This paper examines the similarities between the music styles of the French Revolution and the New York Punk Movement.
# 115534 | 1,896 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Jul 31, 2009 in Music Studies (Contemporary) , Music Studies (History)

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The paper discusses the New York Punk Movement that was a revolutionary culture and describes how it spread to the U.K. and became associated with a much stronger political attitude there. The paper then looks at how the music of France during the eighteenth century also became closely associated with the revolution. The paper notes the themes of violence in both types of music and clearly shows how music played a critical role in both the French Revolution and in the revolution of the Punk movement. The paper also points out that both types of music arrived at a time when the current style had become complacent and afterwards evolved into a style with obvious emotionalism.

From the Paper:

"Music is a creation capable of greatly influencing and inspiring the people that it reaches. Many musicians and scholars suggest that a generation may even be defined by its choice of music. Music is even revered by some as a form of therapy, believed to have the ability to reach a person's subconscious, perhaps speaking to them subliminally. According to Scotsman Stewart Tawes, strong Scottish bagpipes players marched in front of the troops as they headed for battle. This music reached the hearts of the soldiers and inspired them to remain strong and brave. During the American Revolution, snare drums were used in a similar fashion. Although music has played a critical role in influencing many of history's revolutions, none is more evident than in the cases of the French Revolution and the more recent New York Punk Movement."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "American Music Therapy Association" 1999, (October 25, 2006)
  • "Careers in Music Therapy," 2006, (October 17, 2006)
  • "French Revolution Songs," 1989, (October 17, 2006)
  • "Music Timeline," 2000-2006 (October 17, 2006)
  • Hell, Richard. "Blank Generation". Lyrics. Blank Generation. Ork Records, 1976

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