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 12UR: Thursday, November 15 at 6:05
(= "Class 23/24")

Quiz Three News

This was our quiz three day. Despite the total meltdown on the roads in the late afternoon we actually had pretty good turnout. (And of course my heart goes out to anyone who had a hellish trip home after that.)

I've sent a group email to the people who could not make it with makeup options. If you have not gotten one please contact me.

I'm not going to see you guys for a while so I probably won't correct the papers until after Thanksgiving. I'll post an update here when I do.

Quiz Four News

Our quiz 4 will be on the last class, Thursday December 6. It is 90% on the history of jazz and 10% on a little modern classical music.

I'm actually going to lecture a bit in the beginning of the last session and then do the test second. This is a little unusual so I'll also give you the option to put the test off and do it during our finals period instead. Unfortunately, though, the date we got for the final is pretty awful, Thursday December 20 so I don't know if anybody really wants to do that. We'll see how it plays out.

Here are playlists:

Jazz playlist: Youtube / Spotify / Youtube for Phones
Modern Classical playlist: YouTube / Spotify / Youtube for Phones

Notebook News

Someone left a brightly colored (pink? purple?) notebook behind in the classroom. I put it in my mailbox cubby in the Fine and Performing Arts office, room 7-235 on the theory that this would make it easier to retrieve on Monday or Tuesday before 5:00. Ask the man at the main desk for it.

Homework #17: Roots of African American Music

This homework assignment is the "prequel" to the material we began after the test. First read the online unit and then answer 11 questions in assignment 17.

The questions follow the sequence of the discussion with a little light shuffling. As always I recommend opening the online unit and the exercise in separate tabs so you can flip back and forth and do it open book.

This one is due before the last class (Thurs, Dec 6).

Homework #18: Avant-Garde Classical Music

We also have one last online unit on the wacky world of Avant-Garde Classical Music in the 20th Century. I'm not going to lecture about this kind of thing until Dec 6, but this is all very radical stuff that isn't really connected to the past and you can check it out any time.

Then, exercise 18 asks you questions about the material.

This one is also due before the last class (Thurs, Dec 6).

New Orleans-Style Jazz (1900-1930)

Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five (with guest Lonnie Johnson on Guitar), "Hotter Than That" [1927] (Quiz piece)


This is a more recent recreation of the New Orleans sound by Wynton Marsalis and co. You can really hear the marching band influence in the drums here, and in general it just sounds a lot more exciting that these old scratchy records.

Swing Era (1930s and 40s)

Here we looked at how jazz becomes more slick and organized in the 30s and 40s, eventually becoming wildly popular, mainstream entertainment.

Louis Armstrong

Arstrong continues to be important throughout the swing era, though he doesn't really follow the "big band" trend like most other musicians do. In class we usually watch this performance of "Dinah" from 1933.

Duke Ellington

In general I emphasized how Duke Ellington is the most accomplished and "artistic" bandleader of the era. In class we listened to Mood Indigo [1930].

Spotify Link to the original 1930 recording.

We also usually spin "Take the A Train" [1941] which was actually composed by Billy Strayhorn (who worked as an assistant to Ellington.)

Spotify link, original record

But our quiz piece for Ellington and the Swing era is going to be the very moody and atmospheric Ko-Ko [1940].

Spotify Link