MSC 1003 - Music in Civilization

Section ETR: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30-3:45 in Room 6-170
Section FTR: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:10-5:25 in Room 6-170
Section UR: Thursdays 6:05-9:00 in Room 6-170
Class 18ETR: Tuesday, April 10 at 2:30
FTR: Tuesday, April 10 at 4:10
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Don't forget about the Baruch Art-A-Thon this Thursday. I wrote up a blurb on our concert blog about a marimba demo from 1:00-3:00 that I think will be cool.

Buds, Yo

Somebody from the 4:10 class dropped their earbuds on the way out of the door on Tuesday. I left them on the piano in the classroom.

Quiz Three News

I've got our last two quiz dates worked out.

Quiz Three will be Tuesday, April 24.
Quiz Four will be Thursday, May 10

I've made a special page called Quiz Three Sneak Preview. It's just links to the quiz three playlists and a suggestion for a study exercise.

Assignment #13: Don Giovanni Listening Quiz

Classes 17 and 18 are going to include some more opera. We will watch parts of Mozart's Don Giovanni.

Now that we've seen the first act, we can do this quick listening quiz. This exercise covers only the two scenes that are discussed in detail in our textbook, pp. 198-203 in the eighth edition and pp. 200-205 in the seventh.

These two scenes are included in the video we watched (also posted in the Class 17 blog), but I think you'll find that understanding them from the audio alone is a little different. This is actually how a lot of opera fans learn pieces, by listening to a recording and reading along with the translation. Sometimes the real staged opera is very disappointing when you compare it to the action that you imagined in your mind!

So BE WARNED that this exercise is almost impossible to do without the translation laid out in front of you. Read along in the textbook as you listen to one of these playlists:

Youtube Playlist
Spotify Playlist

...and then you'll be ready to identify four short clips in the listening quiz.

This assignment is due before Class 19 (the Thursday after break).

Assignment #14: Form Timeline Project

This is the one project that we are doing on paper. If you did not get your handout yet please email me and I'll tell you which document to download.

Here are all the support pages for the various projects:

Form Timeline Project: Beethoven
Form Timeline Project: Haydn
Form Timeline Project: Mozart1
Form Timeline Project: Mozart2
Form Timeline Project: Mozart3

This project is due on Class 21 (Thurs, April 19). I apologize for botching the date on your handouts, I meant the 19th.

Assignment #15: Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition

Here is another little online lecture based on something I used to do in class. First, read our special page about Mussorgsky. Then Assignment 15 asks you questions about it.

This one is due before class 22 (Tues, April 24).

Don Giovanni, Act II

Here is the last 22 minutes or so of Mozart's Don Giovanni. This is another video that streams directly from the website. Act II is not relevant for Exercise No. 13, so if you are working on that it's probably not productive to watch this yet.

Late Beethoven

We started by talking about the final years of Beethoven's life, when he is completely deaf and withdrawn from society. We took a quick tour of Ninth Symphony.

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"

This is the one which features a Theme and Variations based on the famous "Ode to Joy" melody. Lots of crazy things happen in the finale.

I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso

We open with a Sonata Form which features some particularly mysterious chords.

II. Molto vivace - Presto

Next is a hyperactive Minuet and Trio-type movement.

IV. Presto - Allegro assai etc.

Skipping over the third movement, we jumped to the finale. It is basically a Theme and Variations treatment of the Ode to Joy tune, but Beethoven packs in all sorts of unusual events. We open with a musical "Storm" and an imaginary recitative that is being "sung" by the low strings. We get odd flashbacks from the earlier movements. Eventually the singers stand up and present vocal variations on the famous tune, and there is even a Turkish-style marching band-within-the-band that plays a few variations.