MSC 1003 - Music in Civilization

FTR: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:10-5:25 in Room 6-170
UR: Thursdays 6:05 - 9:00 in Room 6-170
Class 22FTR: Tuesday, April 16 at 4:10

Notes for the Thursday 4:10 class test

On Tuesday almost exactly half of the class took the test, and we were able to "make our own computer lab" by using everyone's laptops and phones to play the music (with careful supervision by yours truly.) It worked great, and people were able to work at their own pace.

Let's try to do that again for Thursday. Sign out a laptop, bring your own, or just be ready to use a charged-up phone. I'll have my stash of headphones on hand but hopefully some people will have their own.

Everything you need to study is here on the website, and feel free to email if you have any questions.

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 (or watch the video lecture at the top.) Then Assignment 15 asks you questions about it.

This one is due before our Romantic-period quiz (Thurs, April 18).

Assignment #16: Quiz Three Preview

Assignment #16 gives you the usual selection of real quiz questions in advance of the quiz on Thursday. Complete notes and study guide are already up on our documents page.

As one might expect this is due before the quiz on Thursday, April 18 (= Class 23).

Quiz Three News

Quiz Three will be on Thursday, April 18 for all sections. This is the day before spring break, so if you plan to travel early make sure you discuss it with me ASAP.

Complete notes and study guide are up on our documents page, and here are complete quiz playlists:

YouTube list for phones
Apple Music

Richard Wagner

In this class we discuss German composer Richard Wagner, and look at how he pushes music to extremes in the latter half of the Romantic period.

We see the Ride of the Valkyries, an example of his loud and bombastic side.

We see the beginning of Das Rheingold, as an example of his penchant for music that moves in extreme slow motion.

and finally we listen to the Prelude from Tristan und Isolde, which shows how he could create very complex music with a sense of constant flux. Some might argue that this is the ultimate Romantic piece.

None of this opera stuff is on Quiz 3 or 4, but we need to cover it. :)

Larry David's Wagner Bit

This is apparently from the Season 2 Episode 3 of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," where Larry David plays with the taboo against Wagner in his usual subtle and sensitive way.