MSC 1003 - Music in Civilization

Section ETR: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30-3:45 in Room 6-170
Section FTR: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:10-5:25 in Room 6-170
Section UR: Thursdays 6:05-9:00 in Room 6-170
Class 15ETR: Thursday, October 19 at 2:30
FTR: Thursday, October 19 at 4:10
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Quiz Two Grading Status

FTR grades are finished and posted on the web. Next I will turn to UR, then ETR.

Eine kleine Nachtmusik and Sonata Form

We started class by digging into the first movement of Eine kleine Nachtmusik, following the "musical argument" from beginning to end. Details on sonata form are in the class notes, and here is an animated analysis of our model movement.

Early Beethoven

Next, we talked about Beethoven's early years as a sort of "rock star" in Vienna, and I played parts of these popular Beethoven piano sonatas.

Of course I recommend reading the Beethoven chapter in our textbook, which covers this in more depth than I did.

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique"

I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio

(Once it gets going this one is a hard-charging sonata form.)

II. Adagio cantabile

III. Rondo. Allegro

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 "Moonlight"

Of course we had to touch upon the most famous of all piano sonatas. We played the beloved first movement and also the exciting finale.

I. Adagio sostenuto

III. Presto agitato

Duple and Triple Subdivisions in Meter

Finally we went back to the fun world of meter and considered the issue of "subdivisions," or how we chop each beat into little parts. There is lots of info in the class notes about this.

I've compiled a youtube and spotify playlist that is (mostly) rock music with triplet subdivisions.

But perhaps you will find this video more interesting: How the Triplet Flow Took Over Rap.

Even I am vaguely aware of what they are talking about here - my go-to reference for triplet flow would be this.