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 18ETR: Thursday, November 01 at 2:30
FTR: Thursday, November 01 at 4:10
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Assignment #13: 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 19 (Tues, Nov 6).

Assignment #14: Metric Subdivisions

Assignment 14 asks you to listen to pieces and determine how they are chopping up (or "subdividing") each beat - as before the two basic options are duple and triple, though now we are listening on a "micro" level within the beat.

Consult the class 15 notes for more info on how this works, and we also have a free practice exercise that you can try first.

(For more info I've also got a youtube playlist of rock and r&b with triple subs. Also, perhaps you enjoy this video on How Triplet Flow Took Over Rap.)

This one is not due until Class 20 (Thurs, Nov 8).

Assignment #15: Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition

Here is another little online lecture based on something I used to do in class. First, read our special page about Mussorgsky (or watch the video lecture at the top.) Then Assignment 15 asks you questions about it.

This one is due before our Romantic-period quiz (Thurs, Nov 15).

Assignment #16: Quiz Three Preview

Assignment #16 gives you the usual selection of real quiz questions in advance of the quiz on Thursday. Complete notes and study guide are already up on our documents page.

As one might expect this is due before the quiz on Thursday, Nov 15 (= Class 22).

Quiz Dates!

I have worked out our remaining two quiz dates. Quiz 3 will be on Thursday, Nov 15. That's in two weeks! Quiz 4 will be on our penultimate (second-to-last) class, Thursday, Dec 6.

Romantic Period Playlist: Youtube / Spotify / Youtube for Phones

Pro-tip: Turn on the closed-captioning in the Schubert video to get English subtitles.

In general this test is ALL about the playlist, there is hardly anything else on it. Listen to a little bit every day and you will have no problem. As a little exercise to help you get into it, maybe try to pick your favorite and least favorite track, or even write short reviews of each one - this could help you get involved with the material even before you learn the story that goes with each piece.

Don Giovanni, Act II

Here is the last 20 minutes or so of the opera.

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.