© Jan. 2017 by Michael Adduci, updated 11/13/2019.

Music Appreciation

Announcements
  • Writing Assignment 8 (WA8): Twenty Musical Questions - due Wednesday 11/13 by 5:00 p.m.

  • Writing Assignment 9 (WA9): Music Listening - due Wednesday 11/20 by 5:00 p.m.

  • NO CLASS Friday 11/15

  • NO CLASS Monday 11/18

Assignments
  • 11/13/19

    • Writing Assignment 9 (WA9) - DUE WEDNESDAY 11/20 by 5:00 p.m.: "Music Listening"

  • 11/6/19

    • Writing Assignment 8 (WA8) - DUE WEDNESDAY 11/13 by 5:00 p.m.: "Twenty Musical Questions"

  • 11/1/19

    • Reading Assignment: finish Module 2.6, page 3 (Gustav Mahler)

  • 10/30/19

    • Writing Assignment 7 (WA7) - DUE WEDNESDAY 11/6 by 5:00 p.m.: "Music Listening"

      • For this Music Listening assignment, listen to Gustav Mahler's orchestral song "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen" ("I have become lost to the world"), sung by Jessye Norman with the New York Philharmonic orchestra. It is 8 minutes long. Here is a link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxh-VTqNK0c

      • There are no subtitles for the German text, so here is the English translation:

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen,                                   I have become lost to the world,

mit der ich sonst viele Zeit verdorben,                                    where I once wasted too much of my time,

sie hat so lange nichts von mir ver nommen,                         they haven’t heard from me for so long

sie mag wohl glauben, ich sei gestorben!                               that they may think I have died!

Es ist mir auch gar nichts daran gelegen,                               And indeed I don’t care

ob sie mich für gestorben halt.                                                 if they think me dead.

Ich kann auch gar nichts sagen dagegen,                               I can’t say anything to deny it

Den wirklich bin ich gestorben, gestorben der Welt.              for truly I have become dead to the world.

Ich ben gestorben dem Weltgetümmel                                    I am dead to the hustle and bustle of the world

und ruh’ in einem stillen gebiet!                                               and rest in a tranquil place!

Ich leb’ allein in meinem Himmel,                                            I live alone in my heaven,

in meinem Lieben, in meinem Lied.                                         in my love, in my song.

  • 10/21/19

    • No new assignments until after Exam 1.

  • 10/18/19

    • Reading Assignment: Module 2.6, page 3 (skip the sections on Operetta and Gustav Mahler).

    • Listening Assignment: Bedřich Smetana, The Moldau. This listening activity is instead of our class session on Friday 10/18. There is no assignment to turn in, but this piece and its story will be on the listening portion of Exam 1.

      • Smetana was Czech, and this piece is a tone poem (a single-movement piece of program music for orchestra), that also incorporates Czech nationalism. It describes the Moldau river, from its origin in the mountains, all the way to the city of Prague where it flows past a 10th-century castle called the Vyšehrad, a symbol of Czech national pride. Along the way, the river passes a hunt, a wedding, a magical pool, and a series of rapids. Each of these events are described by the music.

      • Here is a link to the entire piece (about 14 minutes long): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6kqu2mk-Kw

      • Here are links to each section of the piece:

  • 10/11/19

    • No new assignments over fall break.

  • 10/4/19

    • Reading Assignment: Module 2.6, page 4 (Romantic Opera). You can skip the plot synopsis of Wagner's "Ring Cycle."

  • 10/2/19

    • Writing Assignment 6 (WA6), DUE WEDNESDAY 10/9 by 5:00 p.m.: "Music Listening."

      • First, listen to all of the fourth movement of Berlioz's "Symphonie fantastique" (March to the Scaffold). While you are listening, take some notes on what you are hearing, focusing on the elements of style (melody, harmony, and so on).

      • YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2Kky5BC9Uk&t=2310s - the link takes you to the beginning of the fourth movement (38:30), start there and listen until 43:10 (about 5 minutes).

      • Next, log in to the textbook and complete the "Music Listening" assignment. Follow my instructions, not the directions in the book. Click "submit" when you are done.

    • Reading Assignment: continue reading Module 2.6, page 2.

  • 9/30/19

    • No new assignments today. WA5 due tonight by 5:00 p.m.

  • 9/27/19

    • Reading Assignment: Module 2.6, page 2 only (Art song, piano music, program music)

  • 9/25/19

    • Writing Assignment 5 (WA5), DUE MONDAY 9/30 by 5:00 p.m.: "What Makes Music Beautiful?" Follow the textbook's directions for this assignment.

  • 9/23/19

    • No new assignments today. WA4 is due Wed. 9/25.

  • 9/20/19

    • Reading Assignment: Module 2.6, page 1 only (Romantic period overview)

  • 9/18/19

    • Writing Assignment 4 (WA4), DUE WEDNESDAY 9/25 by 5:00 p.m.: "Music Listening."

      • First, listen to all of the third movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. This is the slow "song-like" movement for this symphony. While you are listening, take some notes on what you are hearing, focusing on the elements of style (melody, harmony, and so on).

        • YouTube: https://youtu.be/sJQ32q2k8Uo?t=1855 - the link takes you to the beginning of the third movement (30:55), start there and listen until 47:30 (about 17 minutes).

        • Next, log in to the textbook and complete the "Music Listening" assignment. Follow my instructions, not the directions in the book. Click "submit" when you are done.

    • No new reading assignment today.

  • 9/16/19

    • Reading Assignment: Module 2.5 (Beethoven).

      • Read the text of this chapter.

      • Listen to some of each musical example, to help you get familiar with Beethoven’s musical style.

      • You do NOT need to study the minute:second lists of what is happening in each piece (the “roadmap”).

  • 9/13/19

    • Writing Assignment 3 (WA3), DUE WEDNESDAY 9/18 by 5:00 p.m.: in the textbook, complete the assignment “Emotion and Musical Elements.” Follow the directions on the assignment screen.

      • To complete the assignment: load it from the textbook's assignments page, download the Word document it shows you, fill out the Word document, and then upload it back to the textbook

      • Questions 2 and 3 will be answered by filling out the table, you do not need to answer them again after that.

      • For Question 4, remember the elements of musical style = melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, texture, form. Think about how each song uses these elements differently.

    • No new reading assignment today.

  • 9/9/19

    • Writing Assignment 2 (WA2), DUE FRIDAY 9/13 by 5:00 p.m.: in the textbook, complete the assignment "Can You Describe the Music." Follow the directions on the assignment page.

    • No new reading assignment today.

  • 9/6/19

    • Finish reading Module 1 in the textbook for Monday 9/9.

  • 9/4/19

    • Writing Assignment 1 (WA1), DUE MONDAY 9/9 by 5:00 p.m.: In the textbook, complete the assignment "Musical Tastes." This is a chance for you to help me get to know you and the way you involve music in your life.

      • Please answer the following questions:

        1. How, where and when do you listen to music? On your phone, in your car, while trying to go to sleep, etc...

        2. When do you concentrate on music, and when is it in the background for you?

        3. What musical styles do you like, and why?

        4. Give me some examples of bands/composers and pieces/songs you like. What do you like about them? Give me a YouTube link to one of your favorites, if possible.

      • Please write at least one full paragraph for this assignment - a few sentences is not enough.

    • Reading Assignment: continue reading Module 1 (units 1.1-1.8), focusing on the specific sections I emailed the class about.

  • 8/26/19

    • No assignments for today. Please buy the book and get registered on the Great River website and on Napster.

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