Patriotism: Say it with Music

Patriotism: Say it with Music

Patriotism
The Fourth of July conjures up images of American flags and fireworks, summer picnics and lemonade. Along with those images are the sounds associated with the holiday. The day is not complete without patriotic music from the local high school marching band, the community concert in the park, or the Boston Pops on television. Chances are that all of those performances will include some music by one or more of three American composers who have contributed to our American songbook: George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, and John Philip Sousa. George M. Cohan (1878-1942): Born on July 3, but his love of America was such that he told everyone his birthday was the Fourth of July. He began writing songs and performing in his parents' vaudeville act practically as soon as…
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Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer

Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer

Scott Joplin's
Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer," is a very recognizable piece of music. This music just makes a person want to tap their foot. This piece of music is much more than notes on a piece of paper, it has such a historical significance. Joplin is considered to be the "King of Ragtime," even though he did not create ragtime music. It was Joplin's compositions that helped ragtime become popular during his time. Joplin is also considered America's first African-American composer. Scott Joplin: History is not completely positive of when Scott Joplin was born. He is said to have been born to ex-slaves between 1867 and 1868 in Texas. When Joplin was a young child his family moved to Texarkana, which is the border between Texas and Arkansas. While living in a…
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