|Class 17||ETR: Tuesday, November 05 at 2:30|
FTR: Tuesday, November 05 at 4:10
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:
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:
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
This is a very spooky and dramatic Minuet & Trio-type movement.
another Sonata Form
We started by talking about the final years of Beethoven's life, when he is completely deaf and withdrawn from society.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.
Thanks to student Jacky Wu for the link.