|Class 4||Monday, June 18|
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.
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.
Craig Wright discusses a different Corelli Trio Sonata in the book. Again, not a quiz piece.
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.
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.
"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.
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.