Breonna's Music Memory List

W.C. Handy

In 1875 William Christopher Handy was born in Alabama. W.C. Handy had a great education. He first became interested in music when he started singing in a church choir. W.C. Handy was older he joined a band. His father did not approve until he saw him perform on stage. That’s when he then composed ”Memphis Blues”. After, he produced the “Blues” that was the start of being the “Father of the Blues”.

W.C. Handy got the name “Father of the Blues”, because of his published music “Memphis Blues” and “St. Louis Blues”. Handy had received little money for “Memphis Blues” which was not enough to support his family. He had to then come up with a new song that had to be a hit. After a lot of thinking he had finally came up with “St. Louis Blues. “St. Louis Blues was a big hit he got over $4,000 for his new, exciting, fun song. He had to immediately publish the song so, he can as fast as possible get the money he needed. W.C Handy is known for the very jazzy pop music.

W.C. Handy has great music, but it’s not for me. I don't really enjoy his music, because i'm not into jazz old music. I personally prefer upbeat fast music. His music for me is just too slow and kinda depressing for me. Some people may like his music but it’s just not my type. William Christopher was a great artist and is still known for his for his great music in the early days.

Carl Orff

  • He was born on 1895 and died 1982.
  • He died at the age of 87.
  • He was a German composer born in Germany.
  • In 1923, him and his friend founded a school to express dance, movement, and rhythmic training.
  • In 7 years Carl Orff created Carmina Burana.
  • Carmina Burana is a song of the Burana monks which it was based on.
  • A quote from him is " Never music alone but music connected with movement, dance and speech".
  • He had his own instruments referred to as "Orff instruments".

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