MSC 1003 - Music in Civilization

Class 12Wednesday, October 07

Calendar Alert: There will be no class on Monday, October 12, because it is Columbus Day. Our next class will be posted on Wednesday, Oct 14.

OK, this class is FINALLY done. Phew. And, it's now a fairly substantial class, unlike all of the short ones I've been posting lately. You're welcome!

We've got a unit on the invention of opera, and our first in-depth look at a lengthy piece, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. This could be an hour's worth of work if you do it carefully.

Also I'm reposting other news about the special project etc.

Assignment #19: The Invention of Opera

First, read our online lecture about the invention of opera and watch a few clips.

Then, Assignment #19 asks you seven questions.

This one is due on the day of Class 15 (Wed, Oct 21).

Assignment #20: Dido and Aeneas

OK, please check out our shortened version of Dido and Aeneas.

Then, Assignment #20 asks you five questions about it.

This is due on the day of Class 15 (Wed, Oct 21)

Reminder: Special Assignment #1

This is our first "intelligent" assignment where you need to think and write a little bit, so I would encourage you not to put it off to the last minute.

Special Assignment Number One will give you a mystery track that you have probably never heard before, and your job is to tell me something about it.

One resource that might be useful at this point is our playlists:

Medieval Unit: YouTube / Spotify / Apple Music
Renaissance Unit: YouTube / Spotify / Apple Music

Youtube Playlist for Phones (Medieval + Renaissance)

You can use these to browse through some of our more important pieces and compare them to your mystery track.

Also, our documents page is like a table of contents for the class, you can use that to find the units you need to re-read.

The special assignment is due today, by midnight! I will accept late submissions, though, with a small points penalty.

Old Stuff

from class eight:

Assignment #15: Madrigals
Special Assignment One

These are due today.

from class nine:

Assignment #16: Intro to Baroque - due Wed, Oct 14

from class ten:

Assignment #17: Meter (Round One) - due Wed, Oct 14

from class eleven:

Assignment #18: Loop-Based Compositions - due Mon, Oct 19

Congrats to C├ęcile McLorin Salvant

Winner of a MacArthur 'Genius' Grant. She *is* a genius.