The venues playing these two types of music differ in the past as they still do. The distinction been “European” music and “American” music in the present day, lends itself to an age Old dichotomy of musical correctness that can be traced back to Hopkins and Billings. Mozart, Handel, Pergolas, Cornell, and Hopkins all produce “European” music and emulate the correctness and standard of traditional music. Hopkins strictly wrote in a “European” style. He ironically wrote broadside ballads mocking the British and aimed to instill excitement in the patriot cause such as “The Battle Keg”.
Instead of seeing these broadside ballads he wrote as a noteworthy style, he instead thought of them merely as propaganda. Although at the time of creation, Hypnosis’s music was well received, “Hypnosis’s way of life would vanishings music remained a fragile reminder of a colonial aristocracy of that time and an industrialization social system had left behind” 1. “Using the European masters as his model” 2, his music lacked originality. “His songs began no trend, laid no foundation on which future composers could build, but merely perpetuated a dilettante radiation rooted in the past” 2.
Even his inventions were obsolete after his generation. A leather or cork pick instead of a quill pick for the harpsichord failed to make a difference in that a few years later, the piano replaced the harpsichord. His music was purely a social luxury of the rich. He lacked expression of the time and his surrounding as Davis reiterates, “Their gentile music and gentile lyrics were meant to be reminders of the placid civilization far removed from the turmoil of revolutionary America” 3.
Traditional classical music played today very similarly is thought to be for the scholarly ND as background music or only performed in the concert hall. This music in a sense holds its nose up to any new innovative music of the time just as Hopkins and other aristocrats did to Billings and any other new form or style of music. Although still in existence today, popular/ “American” music seems to lie in the forefront of today’s society. A new age of music created by William Billings lacks the social grace, delicacy, and refinement that music Of the time was supposed to have.
Being “primarily self taught,” 4 he seemed to have a grasp on the idea of “American” USIA and originality each composer should have. Billings believed as he stated, “for every Composer to be his own Carver” 5. He wrote his music for all to enjoy and to sing. “Billings aim was to teach musical notation without robbing his students of the joy of singing, and he represents the peak of the singing school tradition” 6. He wrote hymns and anthems as a glee. Billings is noted for writing the first music book filled only with American music.
He was able to use pre-existent forms and add his own personal touch and feeling. Unlike Hopkins, Billings’ music was not clearly rooted in European” musical law and did not strive to enhance individuals with correctness of the gentlemanly image. Billings as a base created and “permitted the freedom for growth” 7 or in other words the foundation of American music and how it came to be. His main vehicle of writing was a musical style originating from a European style of music ironically. This style of music was called fusing tunes and became the first musical trend in America. Much of their appeal seems to lie in the independence they provided the different vocal parts and in the excitement and sense of rivalry hey stimulated among these parts” 8. This style of music traveled very south and became closely related and associated with the Scared Harp style of singing. Even those opposed to his music found it difficult to pay no heed to the fact that “he injected a vitality and cheer] filled with dramatic contrasts that result in emotionally exciting performances” 9. Music of the time should follow the “European” code of music; his music was crude and lacking.
His belief was that nature was the best dictator. His music style led to the concept an idea of “American” music. He C]won out’ in a sense that his music led to the creation of popular music of today. His spontaneity and uniqueness are the earliest face of American culture. His music died out originally after its creation but gave rise again in the early 1 sass and he is “considered the foremost American musician of the eighteenth century” 10. Even though “European” or classical music still exists today, a clearly defined line between “European” and “American” music is prevalent in our culture.
Venues of the past ironically are very similar to venues of the present. The two types of music are never mixed together but instead are easily separated and differentiable. Radio stations are a prime example of this dichotomy. If for instance an individual is listening to a њpopular music’ station, one will never hear classical music unless a rapper or someone else has done a remix of it. In the same respect, the classical stations would never mention or play a popular song unless they are arguing how it takes away from true music. Concert halls today are reserved for classical and high society music.
Very Eldon if at all will Flair’s music halls have a performance of a popular artist or music that one would hear on a Popular music’ radio station. Amphitheaters and large venues are reserved for Doppler music’. In these concerts, the common people and Glaciated’ ear can enjoy ‘American” ml_Sic of today. The European style of music is predominant in teaching instruments for the most part. The central repertoire as considered by most musicians of music schools would enlist for the most part if not all European composers of the old age of music.
Original composers of today are not considered in general. Emulation of Western European music dominates music schools. As in the past, today’s society uses the same age old dichotomy of musical styles. It separates not only taste but in many aspects a social and class separation as well. A well-learned individual for instance would be expected to enjoy and truly understand classical music where as an uneducated and younger generation would be expected to enjoy rurally’ music. Music students in the past and still present have the same Old your nose higher’ attitude.