For each of the 2 essays that you will answer separately, you should plan to write between 1 and 1.5 pages per essay, for a total of 2 to 3 pages.  Your responses should be typed in Times New Roman Font (size 12) with 1-inch margins.

Essay Questions:

1. The 20th century saw a proliferation of styles and genres as composers struggled to find a new musical language to express not only their experiences, but to describe the world around them. Pick 2 of the artists/groups  discussed and comment on their work. What do you like about it? What do you not like? You can feel free to incorporate perspectives from modernist or postmodern composers, The Beatles, or Jazz musicians like Louie Armstrong, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane.

2. You are a good friend of John Cage�s, and he would like to collaborate with you on a piece. He�s left all the artistic decisions up to you. What kind of piece would you write? Describe the piece�s philosophy (i.e. what is it trying to show/prove/argue/disprove?). What kinds of instruments will you use in your piece? Or will there be instruments at all? The answer to this question could involve anything from designing your own graphic notation to outlining the piece�s components in a 1-page response.