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The New Penguin Dictionary of Music: Exercise
You are writing an essay on the influence of jazz on classical music. Look
at the following extract from the New Penguin Dictionary of Music. Answer the
questions that follow:
jazz, term used at least from 1914 for a type of American
popular music originating among Negroes of New Orleans and taken
over also by whites; also used generally for various types of
dance music indebted to this (though purists reserve the term
for such music as retains the original flavour and the original
basis of improvisation). The jazz idiom, characterized by certain
syncopations over strongly reiterated rhythms, influenced e.g.
Stravinsky, Walton, and Milhaud, as well as many American composers.
Cp. BLUE NOTE, BLUES, RAGTIME.
- How old is the term "jazz"?
- Where did it originate?
- Which composers did it influence?
- Where might you look next for more information?
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