MSC 1003 - Music in Civilization

MT: Tuesdays 11:10 - 2:05 in Room 6-170
UR: Thursdays 6:05 - 9:00 in Room 6-170
Class 2MT: Tuesday, February 04 at 11:10
UR: Thursday, February 06 at 6:05

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Assignment #1: Survey

Remember that your first assignment is to fill out a little survey and tell me about your musical interests.

This one is due before Class 3 for full credit.

Homework #2: The Three Textures

Web Homework Assignment No. 2 asks you to listen to clips and judge whether they are monophonic, polyphonic, or homophonic. It is due before Class 4.

We also have an Extra Practice Assignment that is not graded and can be done multiple times. Maybe try that first!

Homework #3: Palestrina

This assignment takes a piece that I used to discuss in class and throws it online. First, read our web unit on Palestrina and the Catholic Counter-Reformation. Then, you can open homework exercise number three and answer ten questions about this material.

The questions follow the sequence of the discussion pretty closely, so I would recommend opening each link in its own tab and flipping back and forth, answering the questions as you read.

This one is also due before Class 4.

Our first quiz date

Our first quiz will happen on "Class 4" (which is Feb 18 for Tuesday people and Feb 20 for Thursday.)

It will cover the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Class notes and our study guide will eventually be collected together on our documents page, but lemme give you complete playlists for these units now.

Medieval Unit: YouTube / Spotify / Apple Music
Renaissance Unit: YouTube / Spotify / Apple Music

Youtube Playlist for Phones (Medieval + Renaissance)

Reading Assignments

Please read pp. 57-60 in the eighth edition or 64-72 in the seventh edition. This covers Pérotin, Machaut, the troubadours, and Medieval musical instruments.

Secular Medieval Music

In class we'll spend a lot of time on Medieval instruments and we'll listen to this Medieval dance. I'll embed it here in case you want to rock out at home. It is not a quiz piece.

We'll also talk about the more sophisticated troubadour tradition that emerges in the 1100s. The following piece *is* quiz material.

Machaut, "Douce dame jolie"

(not in the book)

Track Links: Spotify YouTube Naxos
Album Links: Amazon CD Amazon Mp3 Spotify

Video clips on Minstrels and Troubadours

Once again we'll rely on Terry Jones' Medieval Lives to explain this subject in class. In particular we'll use bits on the role of minstrel, and the emergence of troubadours.

Bonus Track: Countess of Dia, A chantar m'er

The book actually uses this song by the Countess of Dia to illustrate the practice of the troubadours. (The Countess was a female troubadour or "trobairitz.")

Mostly I avoid this track because of the improvised vielle intro, which I think might be misleading, and the very free way Pilar Figueras sings the melody. I like our more "dry" and structured Machaut example. This is very pretty, though.

Track Links: YouTube Spotify Naxos
Album Links: Amazon Mp3 Spotify Naxos iTunes

Another bonus track: Agincourt Carol

This piece is also discussed in the textbook. We'll leave it off of the quiz, but the historical context of this song is pretty interesting, and musically it is pretty awesome IMO.

Track Links: YouTube Spotify
Album Links: Google Play

Gut strings!

In class we talk about the Medieval and Renaissance string family, and the fact that they would have used gut strings. It turns out that modern musicians playing "old" instruments still use real gut strings.

The Invention of Polyphony ca. 1200

Gregorian Chant: Viderunt omnes

We are listening to this chant only as a source for the next piece - it is the melody that gets "buried" in the bassline. This is not a quiz piece.

Track Links: YouTube Spotify
Album Links: iTunes Google Play Amazon CD Amazon Mp3

The text:

(Leader:)Viderunt omnesAll the ends of the earth have seen
(Choir:)fines terrae salutare Dei nostri;the salvation of our God;
jubilate Deo omnis terra.sing joyfully to God, all the earth.

Pérotin, "Viderunt Omnes"

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So the Viderunt omnes Gregorian chant is embedded in this polyphonic piece. This is a different recording than Craig Wright's pick in the textbook, so if you try to follow his notes the timings will be slightly different.

Bonus Youtube

The above recording is going to be our official homework (and quiz) version, but check out this guy:

Guillaume de Machaut: Messe de Nostre Dame (ca. 1360)

With this complete polyphonic Mass Machaut takes a giant leap forward, setting a standard that all of the Renaissance composers will follow. We'll learn the first movement, which is another Kyrie.

Track Links: Spotify YouTube Naxos
Album Links: Amazon CD Amazon Mp3 Spotify Naxos