There’s a good chance you have heard this song before. (Listen to the first audio cue if you’re not sure). If so, where?

There’s a good chance you have heard this song before. (Listen to the first audio cue if you’re not sure). If so, where?

Answer each question in brief paragraphs each of the 10 questions can be answered in about 55 words (3-4 sentences). – Make sure you answer all the 10 questions.

Question 1
There’s a good chance you have heard this song before. (Listen to the first audio cue if you’re not sure). If so, where?

Question 2
Now that you have studied several operas, what do you expect to hear when listening to an aria?

Question 3
How do you think a folk opera might differ from an opera straightforwardly in the classical tradition?

Question 4
Is this the singing style you were expecting? Why or why not?

Question 5
What blues-inspired elements do you hear in the singer’s performance?

Question 6
How did you react to this piece? What do you think of the singer’s performance?

Question 7
If you have heard this piece before, it might have been performed in a different style that we just heard from Leontyne Price. How have other performances you have heard differ from this one?

Question 8
In writing an aria with jazz and blues influences, Gershwin hoped to fuse musical styles with different cultural associations. Based on your hearing of “Summertime,” do you think he was successful? Why or why not?

Question 9
Some have criticized Porgy and Bess for its portrayal of African Americans, focusing in particular on the characters’ exaggerated, black Southern dialects. What do you think about Gershwin and Heyward, the librettist, using these dialects?

Question 10
Would your opinions change if Gerswhin was African American?

ANSWER.

PAPER DETAILS
Academic LevelHigh school
Subject AreaMusic
Paper Type Essay
Number of Pages2 Page(s)/550 words
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