U.S. Music Evolution (LB)

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In Music
  • The Star-Spangled Banner

    The Star-Spangled Banner
    Francis Key publishes the "Star-Spangled Banner". This will become the U.S. national anthem in 1916.
  • Harriet Tubman's Call to Freedom

    Harriet Tubman's Call to Freedom
    During 1850, Harriet Tubman would sing the song, "Go Down Moses", in order to identify herself to slaves who were willing and ready to flee north with her towards freedom.
  • West African Music Introduced.

    West African Music Introduced.
    West African songs are introduced to American music culture. This will strongly influence the blues and jazz genre.
  • Thomas Edison's Audio Invention

    Thomas Edison's Audio Invention
    Thomas Edison invents sound recording. This will go on to shape the United States music culture in the years to come. This allows individuals to replay and listen to songs without having to physically attend a performance.
  • John Paine's Symphony

    John Paine's Symphony
    John Paine's symphony, "In Spring" made its debut in Cambridge, Massachusetts which made this the first symphony published in the United States.
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra

    Boston Symphony Orchestra
    The Boston Symphony Orchestra is established.
  • Metropolitan Opera House Opens

    Metropolitan Opera House Opens
    New York opens the original Metropolitan Opera House.
  • Scott Joplin

    Scott Joplin
    Scott Joplin was one of the first black composers to become famous in America, specifically for his piece "The Entertainer". He composed this song in 1902. This would go on to become the theme song for t.v. shows and movies.
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game

    Take Me Out to the Ball Game
    The famous and widely known song, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game", was composed by Albert Von Tizer and sung by Jack Norworth. This song is sung during the 7th inning of every ball game throughout America today.
  • Irving Berlin's Piano

    Irving Berlin's Piano
    Berlin had written a thousand songs but none compared to his best-selling hit of all time, "White Christmas". Berlin had a custom piano made for him in order to be able to play any note and in any key that he wanted. This piano helped him to create "White Christmas". Berlin was also known for composing the patriotic song, "God Bless America".
  • The King of Rock n' Roll

    The King of Rock n' Roll
    Elvis Presley becomes a sensation as he introduces Rock n' Roll to the music industry. Elvis' songs were a combination of country, gospel, and rock. (Hunnicutt, "The Affluent Society")
  • Bob Dylan Gets His Big Break

    Bob Dylan Gets His Big Break
    Bob Dylan was most widely known for his song, "Like a Rolling Stone". This became his first major hit as an entertainer. Bob Dylan provided the world with an unique edge to his music. His strength was in folk songs but he was also known for creating many protest songs during his time.
  • Nirvana Introduces New Style of Music

    Nirvana Introduces New Style of Music
    Nirvana gave birth to a new style of music, "Grunge". Their hit album, "Nevermind" expressed their anger and alienation through high volume and dynamic changes in tempo. This band would help to distinctively shape the genre, alternative rock, for later music.
  • Cardi B's Entrance to 2017

    Cardi B's Entrance to 2017
    Cardi B recently embarked on the world of fame and hip-hop. Cardi achieved her rise to fame through the use of Instagram and other social media sites. She then signed her first major record deal with Atlanta Records. Her single, "Bodak Yellow", was #1 on the billboards earlier this year and many have called it the rap anthem of the summer.
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    John Philip Sousa's Baton

    Sousa was named the "March King" for conducting the world famous band in America. As the leader of the U.S. marine band, Sousa led and created nationalistic compositions. This expressed the nationalistic attitude of American's during this time.
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    The Swing Era

    The Swing Era resulted in larger bands, consisting of 10 or more players. During this time period in America, the swing culture had its own style of clothing, dancing, and slang. The Swing culture was known for the "Jitterbug". This referred to the repeated and improvised gestures that were portrayed through swingin'. Swing dancing mainly consisted of improvised outbreaks of the soul.