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 20FTR: Tuesday, April 09 at 4:10
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A new option for quiz three

Because so many people are asking about rescheduling quiz three, I'm going to offer it at the end of class on Tuesday, 4/16. That day we'll do 30 minutes or so on Romantic opera, take a short break, and then anybody who wants to do the test then can do it. We'll work from about 4:55 to 5:25. We may use your cellphones + laptops to play the music, so bring some charged-up tech and headphones.

If you do it in this optional slot you get attendance credit for Thursday.

However, if you DON'T want to do the test on Tues that is also fine. Show up on Thursday like normal!

This is not an opportunity to take the test twice - you have to pick one day or the other.

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.

The study guide is up, and here are complete quiz playlists:

YouTube list for phones
Apple Music

Franz Schubert, "Die Erlkönig"

This cool youtube video dramatizes the action in this song. If you click on the "closed captioning" button you can get subtitles as well.

The text is also translated on pp. 249-251 eighth edition, pp. 243-245 seventh.

Here's a nice commercial recording.

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

Robert Schumann, "Im Wunderschönen Monat Mai" from Dichterliebe

This piece isn't really discussed in the book, just here on the web.

Listen for: The uneasy way the piano part undercuts the emotion of the words.

Im wunderschönen Monat Mai,
als alle Knospen sprangen,
da ist in meinem Herzen
die Liebe aufgegangen.

Im wunderschönen Monat Mai,
als alle Vögel sangen,
da hab' ich ihr gestanden
mein Sehnen und Verlangen.

In the wonderfully fair month of May,
as all the flower-buds burst,
then in my heart
love arose.

In the wonderfully fair month of May,
as all the birds were singing,
then I confessed to her
my yearning and longing.

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

Robert Schumann, Carnaval

Carnaval is discussed in the seventh edition on p. 269 - in the eighth he switches over to something else.

Reconnaissance (= Recognition)

Track Links: Spotify Apple Music Amazon Mp3

Chopin, Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

This piece is discussed on pp. 279-281 in the eighth edition, 270-271 in the seventh. A "Nocturne" is supposed to be a night-time chillout piece.

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