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Okay, this is hard to explain. First of all, we have 13 years of school here in Germany before we graduate. The goal, of course, is graduating with the "Abitur" in our hands.
Some stupid politicians had a "brilliant" idea to give us more work and created a fifth thing for exams to get the Abitur. You need two subjects and need to connect them together. The presentation process will involve 30 minutes of talking about it in front of a panel of teachers etc and then they will have 15 minutes to question me. I chose music and history as my subjects, but can't think of a concrete question to cover.
Do any of you have any ideas or suggestions for themes I could possibly attend to?
Thanks to you all,
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daigle65 said:
Well you play sax, how about the history of the saxophone(it's invention) and it's influence on 20th century music.
I was definitely going to go with the sax, yeah. But "20th century" is way too broad for my teacher. There's gonna be way too much information to read and compile and then come up with something that'll fit snugly into 30 minutes. Maybe I should pick a great sax player and check his influence on.. that's where I'm at. I don't know whom to apply his influence on. And I'm stuck on who to pick, there are so many greats out there. Maybe I could compare two from similar times who were essentially different. Any suggestions?

Thanks for all your input til now, all of you. It's getting me thinking.

daigle65 said:
Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins.
I will look into that. Thanks!
Any more suggestions? I'd like a few more ideas before i need to present my thoughts to my teacher.
In my opinion, it would be the easiest to compare two saxophonists from the same era (like Hawk and Lester Young) and then see how they changed their contemporary society and the market for tenor players etc etc. Any seconds on that? Any different ideas?
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