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 14UR: Thursday, May 09 at 6:05
(= "Class 27/28")
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Quiz Four News

The first wave of quizzes is now graded and posted. I have some more things to go over before the overall grades for the class are finalized but for most first-wave people all the info should be there.

If you are second-wave (taking the quiz on May 16 at 6:05) please remember to bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone, in that order of preference. Also, bring earphones/headphones if you can (though I'll have some, too.)

Complete notes and study guide are now up, and here are your playlists:

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

Absolute Homework Deadline

Website homework will remain open until midnight May 16, and I'll continue to accept timelines by email until then. Duedates for our last three assignments are on the last class (May 9) but if you choose the optional late test date you can also do the last three assignments late - just email me and ask for an upgrade if you get the "this would have been a check plus but it's late" message.

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 May 9).

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 Modern Classical Music at all until May 9, 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 May 9).

Modern Classical Music I

This session is devoted to some relatively "mainstream" Modern composers who remained somewhat connected to the past as they worked on their own unique styles. I've spun off some more radical, avant-garde composers in an online unit with accompanying homework exercise.

You can read about the Modern period in general on pp. 352-355 in the eighth edition, 331-335 in the seventh.

Claude Debussy

First, though, we have to backtrack a bit and talk about "Impressionism." You could read about this on pp. 337-345 in the 8th edition, 319-325 in the 7th.

Our quiz piece will be this Debussy Prélude. Here's a live youtube:

...and a studio recording by the great Maurizio Pollini

Track Links: Spotify YouTube
Album Links: Spotify Amazon CD Amazon Mp3 iTunes Google Play

Igor Stravinsky

Craig Wright discusses Stravinsky on pp. 355-362 in the eighth edition, 337-343 in the seventh.

We started our discussion of Stravinsky by peeking at The Firebird, his first work with the Ballets Russes. This production by the Bolshoi Ballet is kind of silly and fun.

For the quiz, however, we are going to focus on The Rite of Spring, specifically the first 10 minutes or so. (Even more specifically, we will cover the same parts that Craig Wright discusses in the book.)

Here is video of the part I want you to study:

Using Spotify etc is a bit awkward because the part we want spans three different tracks. I would suggest you use the Modern Classical Playlist to get the specific tracks we need, or you can follow these album links to get the whole thing:

Spotify iTunes Google Play Amazon Mp3

Finally, I played a bit of the Dumbarton Oaks Concerto to show the more mellow, "Neoclassical" Stravinsky that emerged later.

Track Links: YouTube Spotify Naxos
Album Links: MusicBrainz Spotify iTunes Amazon Mp3 Naxos Google Play

Béla Bartók

Bartók is a Hungarian composer who intregrated the traditional music of his homeland into modernist music. I'm not sure exactly how much of his stuff I'm going to do in class.

We'll probably watch the twisty, high-energy finale to his Fourth String Quartet

Album Links: Spotify Amazon Mp3 iTunes Google Play

Aaron Copland

Finally, we'll turn to the dean of American composers, Aaron Copland.

He is discussed on pp. 375-379 in the eighth edition, 362-366 in the seventh.

First we'll sample his Concerto for Clarinet, Strings and Harp, to show him blending a Stravinsky-like Modernist style with a jazz influence.

And here is his "American" style, in Appalachian Spring. Quiz piece!

Track Links: YouTube Spotify
Album Links: YouTube Spotify iTunes Amazon Mp3

Charles Ives

We always run out of time in this session, but you really could stand to know about Charles Ives. You could read pp. 370-1 in the eighth edition, pp. 360-361 in the seventh. He's not on the quiz but he's great.

Here's one of his wild collages of American music, from Three Places in New England.

And here is the hauntingly beautiful Unanswered Question.