MSC 1003 - Music in Civilization

ETR: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30-3:45 in Room 6-170
FTR: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:10-5:25 in Room 6-170
UR: Thursdays 6:05 - 9:00 in Room 6-170
Class 17ETR: Tuesday, November 05 at 2:30
FTR: Tuesday, November 05 at 4:10
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Assignment #12: Form Timeline Project

This is the one project that we are doing on paper! In class you should have received one of these packets which tell you which piece to work on. (If you don't have one please email me.) Everything you need for your project can be accessed through one of these links:

Form Timeline Project: Beethoven
Form Timeline Project: Haydn1
Form Timeline Project: Haydn2
Form Timeline Project: Mozart1
Form Timeline Project: Mozart2
Form Timeline Project: Mozart3

This project is due before Thurs Nov 14 but I'll look at it before then if you like.

Assignment #13: Metric Subdivisions

Assignment #13 was due before this class. Consult the previous blog for more detail.

Assignment #14: Forms Comprehension Quiz

On our forms quiz you answer 18 questions about the four standard Classical-period patterns we've learned - Minuet and Trio, Sonata Form, Theme and Variations, and Rondo. This includes questions on the "model pieces" by Mozart that we've looked at.

I think you really want to have another tab open to look at the blog and class notes while you answer the questions.

This one is due before Class 18 (Thurs, Nov 7).

Quiz Three News

Quiz three is coming for the 2:30 and 4:10 class on Tues, Nov 19. We won't start talking about the Romantic Period until class 18, but if you want to get a jump on things here are playlists:

YouTube
YouTube list for phones
Spotify
Apple Music

Maybe as a little self-assignment to help you focus on the music, listen all the way through and try to pick your most favorite and least favorite track.

Don Giovanni, Act II

We finished class by watching the thrilling conclusion of Don Giovanni. For most of the second act DG and Leporello have swapped clothes and are running around. This 20-minute excerpt begins when they meet up again, in a graveyard.

Middle-Period Beethoven, continued

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

We listened to this famous 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 started by talking about the final years of Beethoven's life, when he is completely deaf and withdrawn from society. We took a quick tour of Ninth 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.

Bonus Video

Thanks to student Jacky Wu for the link.