MSC 1003 - Music in Civilization

ETR: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30-3:45 in Room 6-170
FTR: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:10-5:25 in Room 6-170
UR: Thursdays 6:05 - 9:00 in Room 6-170
Class 25ETR: Thursday, November 29 at 2:30
FTR: Thursday, November 29 at 4:10
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Quiz Four News

Our quiz 4 will be on the next-to-last class, Thursday December 6. It is 90% on the history of jazz and 10% on a little modern classical music.

The study guide and complete notes are now up on our documents page, and here are the playlists:

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

Homework #18: Quiz Four Preview

Here we are folks, the dream we all dream of - it's the last homework assignment of the semester! Homework #18 presents a selection of real quiz questions about jazz and modern classical music.

This is due on our quiz day (Thurs Dec 6).

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.