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 3UR: Thursday, September 13 at 6:05
(= "Class 5/6")

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Homework #2: The Three Textures

Web Homework Assignment No. 2 tests your ability to hear the difference between monophonic, polyphonic, and homophonic music. It is due before class 4 (Thurs Sept 20). Remember that we also have an Extra Practice Assignment that is not graded and can be done multiple times.

Homework #3: Palestrina

This assignment takes a piece that I would usually discuss in class and throws it online. Technically it belongs at the end of class three, but you could look at it now if you want to. 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 (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 date is Thursday, Sept 20. It will cover the Medieval and Renaissance periods. All class notes, playlists and the study guide are being collected together on our documents page, and let me link a few of those items here as well.

Quiz One Study Guide

Medieval Playlist: YouTube / Spotify
Renaissance Playlist: YouTube / Spotify
Youtube Playlist for Phones (Medieval + Renaissance)

Reading Assignment

If you are keeping up in the textbook you could read pp. 68-81 in the eighth edition, or pp. 74-85 in the seventh on Renaissance sacred and secular music.

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

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.