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 8ETR: Thursday, September 26 at 2:30
FTR: Thursday, September 26 at 4:10
document iconClass Notes for Session 8 document icon

Calendar alert: There was no class on Tuesday, Oct 1 because it was Rosh Hashana.

Baroque Playlists

Our date for Quiz #2 is going to be Thursday, Oct 17. Here are our playlists for the Baroque unit.

YouTube Version
Spotify Version
Apple Music version
Blogged Version for Phones (includes one video you can't get on youtube.)

Assignment #6: Meter (Round I)

Assignment #6: Meter asks you to listen to some tracks and decide whether they are in a duple or triple beat pattern.

There are two practice exercises that go with this one as well. There is one based on Baroque music (which is our new historical unit), and one based on old-person indie rock. As before, these are ungraded and you can do them multiple times.

Exercise 6 is due before Class 9 (Thurs, Oct 3).

Opera Stuff

Full videos from class

In case you missed it or want to watch again, I'll embed the in-class video below.

This is a big 230MB file being streamed directly from my website, so I would say to be careful if you play it on your cellular data plan.

Another Dido

This production of the opera was made by the Mark Morris Dance Company, and it's a little different. Here the dancers act out all of the plot, which was not normal in Baroque Opera. The way they dance is in a modern style with a sort of visual "language" that symbolizes various elements in the plot.

Last but not least, Mark Morris dances the roles of both Dido and the Lead Witch in a gender-bending, drag-like performance. Students don't really get why he did this - the short answer is this is what the 90s were like. 😎

And here is one of the clips that I played from the movie Farinelli. This gives you an idea of what it may have been like in the first public opera theaters, and shows an aristocratic patron who is there just to socialize.

Optional Opera Tracks (discussed in the book)

We are not going to worry about these pieces, but in case you are curious here are clips. Some of these tracks are only discussed in the 7th edition.

from Monteverdi's Orfeo

Act I, Toccata Naxos Spotify
Act II: "In un friorito prato" Naxos Spotify
(^The recitative "A l'amara novella" starts in here, around the 2:00 mark)
Act II: "Tu se' morta" Naxos Spotify
Act III: "Possente spirito" Naxos Spotify

Strozzi's L'amante segreto (1631) Naxos Spotify

(This is an alternate recording of the Strozzi, so some details are different from Wright's notes, including the instruments being used.)