MSC 1003 - Music in Civilization

FTR: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:10-5:25 in Room 6-170
UR: Thursdays 6:05 - 9:00 in Room 6-170
Class 5FTR: Thursday, February 14 at 4:10
document iconClass Notes for Session 5 document icon

Website News

Most of you know that I've been having a serious problem with our website since Wednesday. Happily I think things are getting pretty stable, so we can remove the emergency photo of a dog on a computer.

Assignments 1-4 and the Texture Practice should all be functional, now.

The profile page is back as well, so you can look and verify that you've got all of your homework grades. (They should all be there - I don't think this problem actually affected our data, just the code that accesses it.)

I'm sure there are things I've overlooked. If you find an error please email me.

Our first quiz date

Our first quiz will be in the next class session, on Thursday, Feb 14 Tuesday, Feb 19. It will cover the Medieval and Renaissance periods. The study guide and complete class notes are now up on our documents page, and lemme put the playlists here for your convenience.

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

Youtube Playlist for Phones (Medieval + Renaissance)

Homework #2: The Three Textures

Web Homework Assignment No. 2 asks you to listen to musical clips and decide whether they are monophonic, polyphonic, or homophonic. These terms are discussed in the class two notes.

Remember that we also have an Extra Practice Assignment that is not graded and can be done multiple times.

This assignment is now due before Class 6 (Tues, Feb 19).

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 due before Class 6 (Tues, Feb 19).

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 (Tues, Feb 19).


Time to finish the Renaissance. Read pp. 76-80 in the eighth edition, 81-84 in the seventh.

Secular Music in the Renaissance

Anonymous Pavane and Galliard

I couldn't get the book's choice of Pavane and Galliard, so I found a new pair from a different recording, and I made this video with some basic info about the pieces.

Track Links (Pavane): Spotify
Track Links (Galliard): Spotify
Album Links: MusicBrainz Google Play Amazon Mp3 Spotify iTunes

Weelkes, "As Vesta was from Latmos Hill Descending"

I like this youtube with the score in it and audio by the King's Singers.

That audio is a somewhat obscure live performance, ripped from a DVD they made. For spotify linkage etc we can use a slightly slower and more careful performance by the same guys:

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

Neither of these are the official book version, but you could easily digest Craig Wright's notes (on p. 79 in the eighth edition, pp. 83-4 seventh) by following the words.

Bonus Piece: Thomas Tallis's Spem in Alium

I like to end our Renaissance unit with this spectacular motet from Thomas Tallis, which sometimes has 40 different parts singing at once.