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 4ETR: Thursday, September 06 at 2:30
FTR: Thursday, September 06 at 4:10

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Calendar Alert: There is no class next Monday and Tuesday, Sept 10-11 due to Rosh Hashana. Our next class is on Thursday, Sept 13.

Homework Assignment #2: Mono-, Poly-, and Homophonic Textures

Here we try our hand at recognizing different textures in music. This concept is covered in the class two notes. We have a free practice exercise that is not graded and can be repeated as many times as you like. Then, once you feel ready you can try Exercise 2 for a grade. In the "regular" Tues-Thurs sections it is due before Class 5 (Thurs, Sept 13) for full credit.

Homework #3: Palestrina

This assignment takes a piece that I would usually 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 due before Class 6 (Thurs, Sept 20).

Homework #4: Quiz One Preview

The quiz one preview assignment gives you a randomized selection of fifteen real questions that may appear on the test. It can't do everything we do on the real thing - there are no fill-in-the-blanks and no "mystery" track, but other than that it should give you a pretty good idea of what to expect.

It is due before the quiz.

Our first quiz date

Our first quiz comes up kind of quickly - it will be here on Thursday, Sept 20 (= Class 6). 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
Renaissance Unit: YouTube / Spotify

Youtube Playlist for Phones (Medieval + Renaissance)

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

This is one last piece from the very end of the Medieval period.

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

The Renaissance and Sacred Music

Josquin Ave Maria

This is the recording Craig Wright chose for our textbook, so you should be able to follow along with his timed notes on pp. 70-71 eighth edition, 77-78 seventh.

Track Links: Spotify Naxos YouTube
Album Links: MusicBrainz Spotify Google Play iTunes Naxos

In class we looked at this interesting animated version from youtube. It is particularly useful for seeing the imitation between voices.

Palestrina's Pope Marcellus Mass: II. Gloria

This piece has it's own online lecture, and is the subject of homework assignment #3.

Track Links: Naxos Spotify YouTube
Album Links: Naxos Spotify Amazon Mp3 Google Play