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 19ETR: Tuesday, November 06 at 2:30
FTR: Tuesday, November 06 at 4:10
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In this session we'll dig in to our new unit, the Romantic period.

Quiz Three News

We have dates for our remaining two quizzes. Quiz 3 will be on Thursday, Nov 15. Complete notes and the study guide are now up.

Romantic Period Playlist: Youtube / Spotify / Youtube for Phones

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

Quiz 4 will be on our penultimate (second-to-last) class, Thursday, Dec 6.

Assignment #13: Forms Comprehension Quiz

This one is due before class today. See the previous class blog for more details.

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).

Hector Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique

We are going to learn the fourth movement of this symphony for the quiz, and I include the fifth as a bonus track, here.

Fourth Movement: March to the Scaffold

This is the "book recording" of the piece, so you could use it to follow Craig Wright's listening guide on p. 262 eighth edition, p. 255 seventh.

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Bonus Track - Fifth Movement: Dream of a Witches Sabbath

This part is where it really gets creative, as though Berlioz were writing a soundtrack to a scene in his mind.

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Franz Schubert, "Die Erlkönig"

This cool youtube video dramatizes the action in this song. If you click on the "closed captioning" button you can get subtitles as well.

The text is also translated on pp. 249-251 eighth edition, pp. 243-245 seventh.

Here's a nice commercial recording.

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Robert Schumann, "Im Wunderschönen Monat Mai" from Dichterliebe

This piece isn't really discussed in the book, just here on the web.

Listen for: The uneasy way the piano part undercuts the emotion of the words.

Im wunderschönen Monat Mai,
als alle Knospen sprangen,
da ist in meinem Herzen
die Liebe aufgegangen.

Im wunderschönen Monat Mai,
als alle Vögel sangen,
da hab' ich ihr gestanden
mein Sehnen und Verlangen.

In the wonderfully fair month of May,
as all the flower-buds burst,
then in my heart
love arose.

In the wonderfully fair month of May,
as all the birds were singing,
then I confessed to her
my yearning and longing.

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Chopin, Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

This piece is discussed on pp. 279-281 in the eighth edition, 270-271 in the seventh. A "Nocturne" is supposed to be a night-time chillout piece.

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