MSC 1003 - Music in Civilization

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Class Documents Fall 2021

This page will be like a table of contents for all of our class materials.

SYLLABUS version 2.0

Why is Man Musical?

Medieval Era

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Music in the Early Medieval Church
Musical Properties of Gregorian Chant
The Three Textures: Mono-, Poly-, and Homophonic
Hildegard of Bingen
Pérotin's Viderunt omnes
Medieval and Renaissance Instruments
Minstrels and Troubadours
Machaut's Messe di Nostre Dame

The Renaissance

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Intro to the Renaissance I: General History
Intro Part II: Music in the Renaissance
Josquin des Prez's Ave Maria
Palestrina and the Counter-Reformation
Instrumental Music in the Renaissance

The Baroque Period

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Intro to Baroque Part I: General history and visual arts
Intro to Baroque Part II: New musical trends in the Baroque
Loops Part I: Pachelbel's Canon in D
Loops Part II: J. S. Bach's Passacaglia in C minor
Loops Part III: Dido's Lament from Dido and Aeneas

Meter Part I: The Basic Concept
Meter Part II: How Do You Do It

Scales Part I: Important Concepts
Scales Part II: How to Build a Major Scale
Scales Part III: Extra Resources

The Invention of Opera
Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas
Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons

More Meter: Metric Peception and Conducting

J. S. Bach's "Little" Fugue

Triads and Chord Progressions

J. S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier
J. S. Bach's Cello Suite No. 3
Religious Music I: J. S. Bach's Cantata 140
Religious Music II: Handel and the Oratorio

The Classical Period

Intro to the Classical Period
The Violin Family
Haydn and Mozart Biographies
Tempo, Dynamics and Articulation
Minuet and Trio
Sonata Form
Early Beethoven
Theme and Vars, Rondo
Mozart's Don Giovanni
Beethoven's Middle Period
Late Beethoven

The Romantic Era

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Intro to the Romantic Era
Hector Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique
Art Songs

Wind Instruments Part I: Timbre
Wind Instruments Part II: Woodwinds
Wind Instruments Part III: Brass

Robert Schumann's Carnaval
Felix Mendelssohn's Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream
Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition
Chopin and Liszt
Romantic Opera


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Roots of African-American Music
New Orleans-Style Jazz
The Swing Era
Cool Jazz and Hard Bop
Avant-Garde Jazz

Extra Page: Jazz Vocals
Extra Page: Eclectic Jazz, 90s-Present

Modern Classical

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French Impressionism
Intro to Modernism
Stravinsky's Rite of Spring
Aaron Copland
Arnold Schoenberg
Cage, Ligeti and Glass

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