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 20UR: Thursday, April 27 at 2:30
ETR: Thursday, April 27 at 4:10
FTR: Thursday, April 27 at 6:05

Special Event for 2:30 class - next week

Next Thursday, May 4 we will meet downstairs (at the bottom of the escalators) and go hear the Alexander String Quartet in the Baruch Perf. Arts Center. This concert is carefully designed to fit within one class period.

Quiz 3 News

Dates for Quiz Three will be Tuesday, May 2 in Tues-Thurs classes, and Thursday, May 4 for the double class.

Here is the Quiz Three Study Guide

Romantic Period Playlist: Youtube / Spotify / Youtube for Phones

Pro-tip - turn on Youtube closed-captioning (the CC button) when watching the first youtube video (for Schubert's Erlk├Ânig)

Assignment #15: Quiz Three Preview is now live if you want to test your readiness for the quiz. Due before quiz day.

Assignment #14: Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition

We are actually going to cover one of the quiz pieces entirely on the web. These online notes tell you the same information I usually cover in class. Check them out and then answer nine questions in Assignment 14.

This will be due before Class 21 (quiz day).

Romantic Opera

In this session we looked at a lot of "greatest hits"-type cuts from what is probably opera's most important era.

We started with the "Largo al factotum" from Rossini's Barber of Seville [1816]

...and then we watched two scenes from Verdi's La Traviata [1853]

For our last "mainstream" Romantic opera we heard the famous Habanera from Bizet's Carmen.

Richard Wagner

Then we turned to German composer Richard Wagner, and looked at how he pushes music to extremes in the latter half of the Romantic period.

We saw the Ride of the Valkyries, an example of his loud and bombastic side.

We saw the beginning of Das Rheingold, as an example of his penchant for music that moves in extreme slow motion.

and finally we listened to the Prelude from Tristan und Isolde, which shows how he could create very complex music with a sense of constant flux. Some might argue that this is the ultimate Romantic piece.

None of this is on Quiz 3 or 4, but we needed to cover it. :)