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 17ETR: Tuesday, April 04 at 2:30
FTR: Tuesday, April 04 at 4:10
UR: Thursday, April 06 at 6:05

Calendar Alert: An Important Note About Spring Break

I've got bad news for you guys. Spring Break for our class will be pretty darn long. Even after classes at Baruch resume, Thursday April 20 will follow a Monday schedule. So, your first MSC1003 class after break will be either Tues, April 25 for Tues-Thur classes or Thurs, April 27 for the double class.

Keep checking in during break - I'll be posting some new materials and even some new assignments (though of course nothing will actually be due until we are back.)

Assignment #12: Form Timeline Project

The Form Timeline Project is the one thing we will do on paper. You should get your own personalized packet in class. (If you missed Class 15 and don't know what your assignment is, please contact me so you can get started.)

Here are links to the handouts and music for each assignment:


This assignment is due on Thursday, April 6.

Assignment #13: Don Giovanni Listening Quiz

Classes 16 and 17 are going to be opera days. We will watch Mozart's Don Giovanni.

Afterwards, we will do this quick listening quiz to review a few scenes. This exercises covers only the two scenes that are discussed in detail in our textbook, pp. 198-203 in the eighth edition and pp. 200-205 in the seventh.

You can listen to just these scenes using this Youtube playlist or this Spotify playlist

These scenes are included in the video from this session, but I think you'll find that understanding them from the audio alone is a little different. This is actually how a lot of opera fans learn pieces, by listening to a recording and reading along with the translation. Sometimes the real staged opera is very disappointing when you compare it to the action that you imagined in your mind!

So BE WARNED that this exercise is almost impossible to do without the translation laid out in front of you. If you are a non-book-haver, you could use an online translation and some clever ctrl-F searching to get it.

Assignment is due before class 19.

Don Giovanni and Beethoven

This is the session where we finished Don Giovanni AND the life of Beethoven, with tours of the Fifth and Ninth symphonies.

Don Giovanni, Act II

This is another video that streams directly from my hosting co., so be careful if you are streaming it with cellular data.

Middle-Period Beethoven, continued

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

We listened to this middle-period work and discussed how it is all unified around the "da-da-da-dum" idea. Here are all four movements.

I. Allegro con brio

in Sonata Form

II. Andante con moto

III. Allegro

This is a very spooky and dramatic Minuet & Trio-type movement.

IV. Allegro

another Sonata Form

Late Beethoven

We'll start by talking about the final years of Beethoven's life, when he is completely deaf and withdrawn from society. We'll take a quick tour of his famous 9th Symphony.

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"

This is the one which features a Theme and Variations based on the famous "Ode to Joy" melody. Lots of crazy things happen in the finale.

I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso

We open with a Sonata Form which features some particularly mysterious chords.

II. Molto vivace - Presto

Next is a hyperactive Minuet and Trio-type movement.

IV. Presto - Allegro assai etc.

Skipping over the third movement, we jumped to the finale. It is basically a Theme and Variations treatment of the Ode to Joy tune, but Beethoven packs in all sorts of unusual events. We open with a musical "Storm" and an imaginary recitative that is being "sung" by the low strings. We get odd flashbacks from the earlier movements. Eventually the singers stand up and present vocal variations on the famous tune, and there is even a Turkish-style marching band-within-the-band that plays a few variations.