|Class 18||ETR: Thursday, November 01 at 2:30|
FTR: Thursday, November 01 at 4:10
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.
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
As one might expect this is due before the quiz on Thursday, Nov 15 (= Class 22).
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.
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.
We started by talking about the final years of Beethoven's life, when he is completely deaf and withdrawn from society.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.