MSC 1003 - Music in Civilization

Summer Session I: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00-7:30 in Room 6-170
Class 1Monday, June 11

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Welcome to Summer 2018

This will be our class blog, where all our music links, homework, and class info will appear.

Getting Started

There are a few things you need to do right away.

1. Read the class syllabus carefully. We will talk about a lot of this stuff in the first class, but you really want to absorb all of the details and refer back to it periodically.

2. Get registered for this site. This is mandatory for all students. Once you are registered you will be able to do the online homework assignments and see your attendance record and grades.

3. Figure what your journal solution is going to be - a separate notebook, a sheaf of loose papers, or a dedicated file on your laptop.

4. (Optional): Figure out how you are going to rent or purchase the textbook. Last February I made a little buyers' guide to explain all the versions you can get, with links to people who sell them. It's a little out of date for Summer Session but maybe it will have some useful tips.

5. Once you are registered, you can start homework assignments here on the web site. The first one is a Student Survey which is due before class 3 for a check plus.

Our first quiz date

Our first quiz comes up kind of quickly - we will do it on our class 4, Monday, June 18. It will cover the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Class notes and our study guide will eventually be up on our documents page, but lemme give you complete playlists for these units now.

Medieval Unit: YouTube / Spotify
Renaissance Unit: YouTube / Spotify

Youtube Playlist for Phones (Medieval + Renaissance)

Reading Homework

If you have the book, please read pp. 53-58 (8th edition) on church music in the Medieval period, or pp. 61-65 in the 7th edition. (If you don't have the book yet, don't panic, it will be easy to catch up later. It's only a few pages.)

Homework #2: The Three Textures

After this session you will also be ready to do Web Homework Assignment No. 2. It is due before class 4. Remember that we also have an Extra Practice Assignment that is not graded and can be done multiple times.

Why is Man Musical?

Bonus Articles and a Book

In the first session we do a little brainstorming exercise called "Why is Man Musical?" Here are some of the materials that I mention in the discussion.

Scientists at MIT think they have found an area of the brain that is just for music.
New Ways Into the Brain's "Music Room" New York Times 2/8/16

And, while it is a bit dated, you might be interested in Steven Pinker's How the Mind Works. Pinker calls music "evolutionary cheesecake."

Here is a nice roundup of some of the more popular theories:
The origins of music Cosmos 3/3/11

Intro to the Medieval Church

The class discussion includes a brief clip from Terry Jones' Medieval Lives on the role of the church in a Medieval town. You can watch this youtube of it in case you missed it (really just 15:00-16:00).

Listening Stuff

1. Gregorian Chant: "Kyrie"

This is my official pick for an example of Gregorian chant. I like it because it demonstrates the sort of thing they would sing every day at Mass.

Track Links: YouTube Spotify
Album Links: Label Page Amazon Mp3 Google Play iTunes

The text:

Kyrie eleisonLord, have Mercy
Kyrie eleisonLord, have Mercy
Christe eleisonChrist, have Mercy
Christe eleisonChrist, have Mercy
Kyrie eleisonLord, have Mercy
Kyrie eleisonLord, have Mercy

2. Hildegard of Bingen, "O Rubor Sanguinis"

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

The text:

O rubor sanguinis,O redness of blood,
qui de excelso illo fluxisti,which flowed down from on high,
quod divinitas tetigit;touched by divinity;
Tu flos esYou are the flower
quem hyems de flatu serpentis numquam lesit.that the wintry breath of the serpent never wounded.

Bonus youtube: Dies irae

The 8th edition of our textbook starts with a different example of Gregorian chant, which comes from the Requiem Mass for the Dead. I like our Kyrie better, but this is also kind of cool. It will come up again much later in the class!

Links to a different recording:

Track Links: YouTube Amazon Mp3 Spotify
Album Links: iTunes

The text:

Dies irae, dies illa,Day of wrath, day of anger,
Solvet saeclum in favilla,Will dissolve the earth in ashes
Teste David cum Sibylla.As foretold by David and the Sibyl Prophets
Quantus tremor est futurus,What dread there will be,
Quando Judex est venturus,When the Judge shall come,
Cuncta stricte discussurus!All chains will be broken!
...and so on. More text is in the 8th edition of the book, on p. 55.