MSC 1003 - Music in Civilization

MT: Tuesdays 11:10 - 2:05 in Room 6-170
UR: Thursdays 6:05 - 9:00 in Room 6-170
Class 14MT: Tuesday, May 12 at 11:10
UR: Thursday, May 14 at 6:05

Welcome to the last class

All right, this is it! Our last week has two more homework assignments and a few extra things that you can look at.

I've also tweaked your profile page so that it shows you your real final grade. In the past, the profile page has refrained from "punishing" you for homework that isn't due yet, because you'll probably get to it soon enough and you just want a picture of how you are doing.

Now that we are getting to the end, you really want to know if you have your A yet. Most students will need to complete all the homework through #27 in order to get an A, and the profile page is now very explicit about that.

(But also, the music in Exercise #28 is awesome. You should do it anyway.)

NEW Assignment #27: Impressionism

Check out our online unit on French Impressionism. It's an 11-minute video.

Then, answer seven questions in Assignment #27.

This is due before the fake class 15 (May 21).

Online Unit: Intro to the Modern Period

My online unit on the Modern period talks about the big change in the arts at the beginning of the 20th century. There is no assignment to go with this.

NEW Assignment #28: Stravinsky's Rite of Spring

First, read our online page on the most important musical work of the 20th century.

Then, Assignment #28 asks you five measly questions about it. Surely you have time for five questions.

This assignment is due before fake class 15 (Aug 21). It is the last homework assignment.

Online Unit - Modernism II: The Avant Garde

Modernism II: The Avant-Garde covers the really weird side of Modern classical music, all the way up to the present.

There is no assignment here, just the online material. Check it out if you like cool things.

Old Stuff

Assignment #20: Woodwinds, Brass, and Timbre

We've got an online unit on all of our wind instruments.

Exercise #20 asks you twelve questions. Since this includes IDing your different instruments by ear, I would recommend that you use a good listening setup (earphones, headphones, or good speakers) so you can hear subtle distinctions between the trombone and french horn etc.

This one is due before this class (May 12 or 14).

Assignment #21: Intro to the Romantic Period

We are finally finished with the Classical period, and it's time to get weird with the Romantics. Our online unit tells you all about the new trends in the 19th century, and then Exercise #21 asks you six questions about it.

Unlike most of my online quizzers these days, this one doesn't follow the sequence of the material, it's all scrambled up, so I'd recommend reading all the way through the unit before you start the questions.

This one is due before this class (May 12 or 14).

Assignment #22: Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique

We have an online unit on the first major symphonic work of the Romantic period.

Exercise #22 asks you nine questions about it.

This one is due before this class (May 12 or 14).

Assignment #23: The Art Song

Our online unit talks about the German craze for "art songs" during the Romantic period.

As you read through the materials you can answer eight questions in Exercise #23.

This one is due before this class (May 12 or 14).

Assignment #24: Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition

This one has an online unit on Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

Assignment #24 asks you nine questions.

I made this one in the olden days, when our college classes used to meet in a big building in the Flatiron District. On the plus side the online unit is in the "watch or read" format - you can watch the video at the top or skip over it and read through the material. It has some outdated references to "the quiz" in it - of course now there is no quiz.

This one is due before this class (May 12 or 14).

Assignment #25: Robert Schumann's Carnaval

Our online unit about Schumann's piano piece is just a ten-minute video. Check it out, and then Exercise #25 asks you a few questions.

This one is due before the fake "Class 15" (May 21).

Assignment #26: Romantic Opera

I know exactly what you are thinking right now. "I hope we listen to some more opera before the semester is over!" Well, student, you got your wish. Our online unit on Romantic Opera shows you some popular operatic hits from Rossini, Verdi, Bizet and Wagner.

Then Exercise #26 asks you eight questions.

This one is due before the fake "Class 15" (May 21).

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