Lab Assignments

Fall Semester

August

Lab 1 (8/29 – 9/2)

Melodic Examples – Ch. 1 pages 10-11

Ode to Joy

Joy to the World

The Star-Spangled Banner

Amazing Grace

Melodic Examples – Ch. 2 page14

See if you can count along with each piece.

Ah, vous dirai-je Maman (listen up to 1:10)  Duple Meter

America Triple Meter

Battle Hymn of the Republic Quadruple Meter (Chorus is at 1:08)

Greensleeves Sextuple Meter (6 beats, but with 2 pulses)

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – Syncopation

Chapter 3

Example of “dissonance” – very tense right?

Example of “consonance” – this piece is very consonant because all the chords and melodies seem to fit without any clashes.

Chapter 4

Thanksgiving - very diatonic meaning not many notes outside the 7-note scale and it’s in a major key which is relatively bright and happy.  I know, it’s slow, but it’s still not a dark sound.

Minor Key – this in a minor key.  Notice how dark the sound is.  See if you can notice the change from minor to major (happier sound) at around 1:06.

Chromatic – This piece is highly chromatic meaning that the composer uses all 12 notes with almost equal emphasis.  This makes the piece sound more chaotic and complex.

September

Lab 2 (9/5-9)

Chapter 5

Polyphonic Music – Both of these pieces have more than one melody – Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring and Bach’s 2-Part Invention.

Homophonic Texture – Beethoven – You can hear one primary melody with accompaniment.

Canon or Round – Row, Row Your Boat

Chapter 6

Repetition and Contrast – Notice there are two melodic phrases that are different.  Mozart

Strophic form – melody repeats with a different set of words each time.  Hymn  Most religious pieces are in strophic form.

Ternary Form – This is an example of a piece that has 3 parts.  Schumann – the form is ABA

Theme – This famous Beethoven has two themes in the first movement.  The second theme starts around :50.  Beethoven

Chapter 8 and 9

Here is a link with listening examples.  Concentrate mostly on the instruments.  You will be able to identify most with just your ears.

Lab 3 (9/12-16)

Plainchant – Here is a piece that uses both syllabic and neumatic style singing.  Syllabic is when there is one note per syllable.  Neumatic is when there is a small group of notes per syllable (around 4 to 6).  You can see this if you follow the music in the video.  Page 70-71

Melismatic Plainchant – this style is when there are many notes on one syllable.  It can take quite some time just to sing one or two words in this style.  Look at page 70 for an example.

Hildegard of Bingen: Alleluia, O virga mediatrix – Can you tell if it’s mellismatic or syllabic? – Listening guide on page 73

Sumer is icumen (Summer Is Come – This is an example of a round just like Row, Row, Your Boat.  Listening Guide page 76

Farmer: Fair Phillis – English Madrigal – Listening Guide page 79

Luca Marenzio – Solo e pensoso i piú deserti campi – Another beautiful madrigal

Lab 4 (9/19-18)

Note:  You will get the most out of this music if you listen to it multiple times and take notes.  You could even do a little research and share with the class what you found.

Josquin: Ave Maria – page 83

Josquin – Missa Pange lingua – Listen to the incredible polyphonic writing.  There is a lot of imitation.  Is this a cappella?

Palestrina – Pope Macellus Mass, Gloria – page 89

Palestrina –  Pope Macellus Mass, Angus Dei

Lab 5 (9/26-30)

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Act III, Dido’s Lament – Listening Guide on page 104

Contemporary Version “Dido’s Lament” – Just for fun!

Recitative and Aria – A recitative is more speech like than an aria.  The melodies are mostly syllabic.  An aria is more like a song and typically requires a bigger range from the singer.  See if you can tell when the recitative ends and the aria begins.  It should be pretty obvious.

Overture – William Tell Overture – Most of you will have heard the finale of this overture (8:45).  Read about what an overture is on page 101.  Here is a brief synopsis of the Opera William Tell written by Rossini.

Bach: Cantata No. 140, Wachet auf – Listening Guide page 108

Bach Cantata No 140 Unison Choral – Listening Guide page 110

Handel: Messiah, No. 18 – Listening Guide on page 115

Handel: Messiah, No. 44 – Listening Guide on page 115

Handel Water Music, Suite in D Major; Alla Hornpipe – Listening Guide page 120

Vivaldi: Spring – Listening Guide 12

Bach: Contrapunctus I, from The Art of Fugue – Listening Guide page 131

October

Lab 6 (10/3-7)

Review for exam

Lab 7 (10/10-14)

Compare these two pieces.  The first one is from the Baroque era and the second one is from the Classical Era.  What are some of the differences?  Is one more tune-like? Bach Brandenburg ConcertoBeethoven’s 5th Symphony

Haydn: String Quartet – Listening Guide 13 – page 146

Haydn: Symphony No. 100 (Military), II movement – Listening Guide page 149

Haydn Symphony No. 88, 3rd Movement – Minuet and Trio – Form is:  aa ba’  ba’ cc dc’   dc’ aba

Lab 8 (10/17-21)

Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik K. 525, I – Listening Guide page 156

Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik K. 525, III – Listening Guide page 156

Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat Major, III – Listening Guide page 161

Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C-Sharp Op. 27 No 2 (Moonlight), I – Listening Guide page 165

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67 – Listening Guide page 170

Mozart, Don Giovanni, Act I, scene 2 – Listening Guide page 178

Lab 9 (10/24)

Leonard Bernstein on Sonata Form Part 1- Part 2Part 3 (We watched this in class)

Here is another tutorial on Sonata Form

Minuet and Trio – This is pretty clear, but it can be a bit tricky to follow.

Lab 10 (10/31-11/4)

Schubert: Elfking – Listening Guide page 199

Schubert – Winterreise “Gute Nacht”

Schubert – Trout Quintet

Chopin – Mazurka in Bb Minor, Op. 24, No. 4 – Listening Guide page 205

Chopin Nocturne Nocturne Op. 29 No. 2 (very famous)

Chopin – two Etudes (studies) – At 3:23 is the famous tumultuous “Revolutionary Etude”  Andre Watts is on of my favorite concert pianists.

November

Lab 10 (10/31-11/4)

Schubert: Elfking – Listening Guide page 199

Schubert – Winterreise “Gute Nacht”

Schubert – Trout Quintet

Chopin – Mazurka in Bb Minor, Op. 24, No. 4 – Listening Guide page 205

Chopin Nocturne Nocturne Op. 29 No. 2 (very famous)

Chopin – two Etudes (studies) – At 3:23 is the famous tumultuous “Revolutionary Etude”  Andre Watts is on of my favorite concert pianists.

Lab 11 (11/7-11)

Berlioz Symphonie Fantasique IV – Listening Guide Page 219

Smetana: The Moldau – Listening Guide page 225

Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F Major, III – Listening Guide page 231 Note the cellos have the opening theme and the violins repeat the theme.

Lab 12 (11/14-18)

Debussy: Prelude to “The Afternoon of a Faun” – Listening Guide page 260

NO LAB ON THANKSGIVING WEEK 11/21

December

Lab 13 (12/5-8)

Jazz -

Blues – “Billie’s Blues” by Billie Holiday – Listening Guide page 283

Ragtime – “Maple Leaf Rag” by Scott Joplin

New Orleans (Dixieland) – “Hotter Than That” by Louis Armstrong

Big Band – “In the Mood” by Glen Miller

Bebop – “Ko Ko” by Charlie Parker