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 11ETR: Thursday, March 08 at 2:30
FTR: Thursday, March 08 at 4:10
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In this session we'll temporarily skip over one piece on the list (J.S. Bach's Bourée from Cello Suite No. 3) and look at religious-themed music in the Baroque. This way we'll go into the weekend knowing almost all of our pieces for the quiz.

Quiz Two News

Quiz Two will be on Thursday, March 15. Our study guide is now up.

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 6: Scales

In class on Tuesday we looked at what scales are and practiced drawing major scales as dots on a piano keyboard.

I have a page of HTML notes that reproduce the in-class lecture on scales.

Also, here is the worksheet we did in class. The first page has some diagrams on how you count your whole steps and half steps.

Assignment #6 asks you to look at selection of three scales and pick out which on is a proper major scale. It even has sound clips so you can judge them by ear. It is due before today's class.

Assignment #7: Meter Round Two

We'll try our hand at telling the difference between duple and triple meter one more time before the quiz. Assignment #7 plays you six more Baroque and Renaissance tracks, and gives you the check plus if you can get more than half right.

Don't forget about our free practice exercises, Baroque version and rock version.

This assignment is due before Class 13 (quiz day, March 15).

Assignment #8: Quiz Two Preview

Now that all of the notes and blogs for the quiz are up you can do the quiz two preview. Once again this has real questions that may appear on your quiz. Due before Class 13 (quiz day).


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.