I have written much about the Mississippi Delta. There is another thing specific to the Delta, which has influenced the blues genre. The flooding of the river created many lakes, creeks and ponds with plenty of fish in them. For 200 years fried fish was a daily element of the Delta inhabitants’ menu.
Black people used one word for different species of fish – it was catfish.
Catfish Blues is an example of animal symbolism, which was present in the music of the...
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Johann Sebastian Bach wrote four Orchestral Suites BMV 1066 – 1069. In times of Bach these Suites were called Ouvertures deriving from first, opening parts of a given piece.
They were composed around 1720 when Bach was living in Koethen, thirty kilometers north of Halle in Saxony-Anhalt. From 1717 to 1723 Bach was working as a Chapel-master on Prince Leopold von Anhalt-Koethen’s court.
The third Ouverture D-dur, BMV 1068 consists of the following parts:
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When the Levee Breaks
In 1927 the Mississippi river overflowed. The flood had a severe impact, but the state of Mississippi suffered most, especially its Delta area. Whole towns were destroyed as well as agriculture, the base of income for many people from that area. Tens of thousands of colored people were forced to leave their homes and head to the cities.
This way the river caused ‘The Great Migration’ of black people from South to North. This disaster echoed widely across the...
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The moon theme is a gracious one. It’s not only poets, that associate it with nice feelings. I believe it is worth, therefore, to present yet another song with the Moon in its title.
The authors of this song are Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart who were, in late 1920s, the leading composers of musicals, which were written for the Broadway and London theatres, but this industry was also affected by the Big Crisis of 1929 – 1933. Rogers and Hart turned to Hollywood...
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In 1773 Mozart became employed as a member of the music ensemble in the residence of the Prince Archbishop of Salzburg Hieronymus Colloredo. In Salzburg he had many friends and admirers, he was the city’s favourite musician. Despite his artistic successes Mozart began to think about looking for better opportunities elsewhere, as the time passed. He was unsatisfied with his income of 150 florins per year. In 1775 the court’s theatre was closed down and Mozart, who planned to compose...
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