Emus 1832 004 Appreciation of Music



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EMUS 1832 004 Appreciation of Music

  • Rebecca Maloy, Instructor

COURSE MATERIALS

  • TEXTBOOK Machlis/Forney THE ENJOYMENT OF MUSIC Shorter (8th edition),
    • WITH
  • CDS The Norton Recordings
  • Course Syllabus, Activity forms (3)

GRADING

  • Exams: 60% (3 @20% each)
  • Quizzes: 10%
  • Activities: 20%
  • Concert report 10%)

Exams

  • Multiple choice questions, true & false questions, listening section
  • Quizzes
    • Based on the music on the CDs
  • Listening (active listening!)
    • identify & know historical information
    • know what to listen for--the musical components you hear
    • Be sure to keep up with your listening (on syllabus)
    • For LG# (Listening Guide) see Machlis inside covers

Activities (1-3): Number 1

Second Activity

  • Music Journal
    • for 4 days you record the times you hear music
    • fill out the form and
    • attach a 1-2 page typed commentary (see instructions)
    • Due 3/20

Third Activity

  • Viewing Opera or Musical Theater from Home due 4/10

Concert Report

  • Attend a concert of western art music
    • There are many free concerts on campus this term
  • Turn in a 2-3 paged, typed essay on the music and musical experience
    • Discuss elements and
    • the relationship of works (music) you hear to the works we studied in class
  • Due 4/24

Concert announcement

  • WHEN: Thursday, January 16, 2003 @ 7:15PM
  • WHERE: CU-Boulder Macky Auditorium
  • WHAT: Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra Open Rehearsal
  • TICKETS: $1 per ticket, available at the door

Contact information

  • Office: N 147
  • Office hours: W 3-4, TH 2:30-3:30
  • (and by appointment)
  • Office Phone: (303)492-8219

The ELEMENTS of MUSIC

  • MELODY
  • RHYTHM
  • HARMONY
  • TEXTURE
  • FORM
  • DYNAMICS/TEMPO
  • TIMBRE
  • Melody
  • succession of single tones (pitches) the mind perceives as a unit
  • Horizontal element (what you usually end up humming)
  • Melody
  • Range-- distance between lowest and highest notes
  • Wide range: “Star-Spangled Banner”
  • Narrow range: “Shall we Gather at the River”
  • Melodic Shape
  • Shape-- direction (up, down, wave, arch)
  • “Joy to the World” opens with?
  • …descending/ascending
  • Barber’s Adagio
  • … long arch
  • Melodic movement
  • Conjunct : stepwise movement
    • Steps of the scale
  • “Joy to the World” conjunct
  • Disjunct: leaps between pitches
  • Brahms “Violin Concerto” (first you hear conjunct, then disjunct)
  • Melodic Phrase
  • Phrase: a unit of meaning (like a sentence)
    • Symmetrical (balanced)
    • Asymmetrical (unbalanced)
  • The phrase ends with (and therefore is defined by) cadences (like a period)
    • Cadences: musical points of rest
    • Usually governed by rhythm and harmony
  • “Amazing Grace”
    • 4 phrases (with 4 cadences)
  • Rhythm
  • Rhythm-how music is organized in time
  • 1. beat-or pulse, basic unit of length, regular clocklike pattern
  • 2. meter- the measurement of time in music: groupings of beats with accented patterns
  • a) duple meter-ONE two : ONE two … etc.
  • b) triple meter- One two three: One two three …etc.

Triple meter

  • My Country ‘tis of Thee

More sextuple meter

  • Greensleeves

What kinds of meter are these?

  • Sousa, Stars and Stripes Forever
  • Star Spangled Banner
  • Rhythmic activity
  • Upbeat, a phrase begins on the last beat of a measure (or on a part of it)
    • see “America, the Beautiful”
  • Syncopation, accent occurs on weak beat, or anywhere unexpected
    • Very prominent in Folk, Ragtime, Jazz, Rock
    • 20th century music of Western tradition (Stravinsky, Bartok-- both influenced by Folk music)
    • Example: Cakewalk
  • Rhythmic activity
  • Non-metric, music that defies meter
    • Example: Gregorian Chant
    • Example “Haec dies”
  • Polyrhythmic, simultaneous use of different rhythmic patterns

For next class

  • Read assigned pages in book on elements of music.


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