MSC 1003 - Music in Civilization

Summer Session I: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00-7:30 in Room 6-170
Class 6Thursday, June 21

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Quiz Two News

Our quiz two will be Monday, June 25. It will cover the Baroque period plus two of our "special skills" (determining the beat pattern + making a major scale.)

Our quiz two study guide is now up, and of course all of the relevant notes and stuff are gathered together on the documents page.

Here is the complete playlist for our Baroque unit.

YouTube Version
Spotify Version
Blogged Version for Phones (includes one video you can't get on youtube.)

Assignment #5: Meter (Round I)

Assignment #5: Meter asks you to listen to some tracks and decide whether they are in a duple or triple beat pattern.

There are two practice exercises that go with this one as well. There is one based on Baroque music (which is our new historical unit), and one based on old-person indie rock.

Exercise 5 is due before this class (Thurs, June 21).

Assignment #6: Reading About Baroque Opera

Here's one of the rare assignments that requires you to read up on something in the textbook. Before you try it, you want to have access to pp. 85-96 in the eighth edition or pp. 89-102 and 104-7 in the 7th edition.

Then Homework #6 asks you a few questions about the material.

This is also due before this class (Thurs, June 21).

Assignment #7: Meter (Round II)

Round Two of our meter exercises is more of the same. Like the first time, I'll give you a check plus if you can do better than chance, and a check just for playing.

This one is due before Class 7 (Monday, June 25)

Assignment #8: Scales

We will talk about scales in today's class. I have a page of HTML notes on the concept of scales that kind of goes on and on, and the worksheet we did together in class has decent, quick instructions on how to do it.

Once you know how to draw a major scale on a picture of a piano keyboard, Exercise #8 asks you to look at three pictures and pick the one that is a correct major scale.

This one is also due before Class 7 (Monday, June 25)

Assignment #9: Quiz Two Preview

Once again we've got a quiz preview assignment that serves up some real quiz questions.

Due before Class 7 (= Quiz Day, Monday June 25)

Opera Stuff

Full videos from class

In case you missed it or want to watch again, I'll embed the in-class video below. (This is from a production by the Mark Morris Dance Group - the way the dancers act out all of the plot is not historically authentic, nor is the way they are dancing. Also, Mark Morris plays the two main female roles - he is Dido, Queen of Carthage and also the Main Witch. I'll admit this might be a bit confusing, but you get used to it fast.)

This is a big file being streamed directly from my website, so I do not recommend playing it on your cellular data plan.

And here is one of the clips that I played from the movie Farinelli. This gives you an idea of what it may have been like in the first public opera theaters, and shows an aristocratic patron who is there just to socialize.

Optional Opera Tracks (discussed in the book)

We are not going to worry about these pieces, but in case you are curious here are clips. Some of these tracks are only discussed in the 7th edition.

from Monteverdi's Orfeo

Act I, Toccata Naxos Spotify
Act II: "In un friorito prato" Naxos Spotify
(^The recitative "A l'amara novella" starts in here, around the 2:00 mark)
Act II: "Tu se' morta" Naxos Spotify
Act III: "Possente spirito" Naxos Spotify

Strozzi's L'amante segreto (1631) Naxos Spotify

(This is an alternate recording of the Strozzi, so some details are different from Wright's notes, including the instruments being used.)

Religious Music in the Baroque


The Cantata and the Oratorio are covered on pp. 128-137 and 140-144 in the seventh edition, pp. 117-127 and 130-136 in the eighth edition.

J. S. Bach and the Cantata

In this class we will dive into the subject of church music in the Baroque. We'll takj about how J. S. Bach's "day job" was to create half-hour long musical sermons for the Lutheran church, called Cantatas.

J. S. Bach, Cantata No. 140 "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme": Fourth Movement

This is our quiz piece.

The person who posted this youtube combined our part with Movement Five. That bit (which is a recitative for the "evangelist") starts around 3:20. It is pretty easy to hear when one movement ends and the next begins. We are only learning 0:00-3:20.

Track Links: YouTube Spotify Naxos
Album Links: Amazon Mp3 Google Play iTunes

Remember that the cantata centers around a familiar tune called a Chorale. Here is the very last movement of the cantata, where they present the tune in a more straight-ahead, sing-along format. Not a quiz piece.

Handel, "There Were Shepherds Abiding in their Fields" and "Glory to God" from The Messiah

I'll embed the whole sequence with subtitles here:

Remember that this sequence is usually broken into two tracks.

Track 1: "There were Shepherds..." Spotify Naxos
Track 2: "Glory to God" Spotify Naxos

Bonus: Handel and $$$

I found an amusing PBS newshour story from 2009 about Handel's financial success, both as an impresario and an investor.