MSC 1003 - Music in Civilization

Summer Session I: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00-7:30 in Room 6-170
Class 4Monday, June 18

This is, of course, our quiz one date. Everything you need for the quiz is gathered together on our documents page, and details on all of the assignments due today are on the class three blog entry

Assignment #5: Meter (Round I)

Assignment #5: Meter asks you to listen to some tracks and decide whether they are in a duple or triple beat pattern.

There are two practice exercises that go with this one as well. There is one based on Baroque music (which is our new historical unit), and one based on old-person indie rock.

Exercise 5 is due before Class 6 (Thurs, June 21).

Assignment #6: Reading About Baroque Opera

Here's one of the rare assignments that requires you to read up on something in the textbook. Before you try it, you want to have access to pp. 85-96 in the eighth edition or pp. 89-102 and 104-7 in the 7th edition.

Then Homework #6 asks you a few questions about the material.

This is also due before Class 6 (Thurs, June 21).

Intro to Baroque

Corelli, Trio Sonata in D Minor Op. 5 No. 3

This is the instrumental piece I play first in the lecture. Not a quiz piece. Mostly I just want you to check it out as an early example of the basso continuo at work. (That is the harpsichord player and cellist in the video, below.)

This Trio Sonata has four very short movements in a slow-fast-slow-fast pattern. You could easily listen through the whole thing, but in particular I want you to check out the second movement (2:15 - 3:45 in the youtube) because it is nice and intense.

I like this live performance on Youtube:

And here's a commercial recording we can use on Spotify.

I. Grave (slow)
II. Allegro (fast)
III. Largo (slow)
IV. Allegro (fast)

Craig Wright discusses a different Corelli Trio Sonata in the book. Again, not a quiz piece.

Loop-Based Compositions

Pachelbel, Canon in D

This is going to be our first "quiz piece" of the Baroque era. Remember that (a) the basso continuo part runs on a loop and (b) the three violin parts follow each other in a canon.

I don't really like Craig Wright's notes for this one very much. If you want to try and figure them out, be advised that this recording is much faster, so the things he talks about happen sooner than he says.

I've made my own animated guide to the piece which I'll embed below.

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

Bonus Track: J. S. Bach Passacaglia in C Minor, BWV 582

Next we listened to another loop-based composition that is perhaps a bit more impressive than the Pachelbel Canon. This is not a quiz piece.

Album Links: Amazon Mp3 Google Play iTunes Spotify

"When I am Laid in Earth," from Purcell's Dido and Aeneas

Finally we took a first look at the opera aria we are going to learn for the quiz.

This recording begins with the recitative "Thy Hand, Belinda..." and then continues into the aria ("When I am Laid in Earth") around 0:57.

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

Duple and Triple Meter

In class we are going to talk about the metric pattern or "groove" of music. You definitely want to read the class notes on this, and I made an extra youtube video to illustrate one of the more technical aspects.