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 3FTR: Tuesday, February 05 at 4:10
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Getting Started

Don't forget that there are some simple beginning-of-semester tasks you need to do right away (read the syllabus, order the textbook, register for this site, and do the survey.) Details are on the class one blog entry.

Our first quiz date

Our first quiz comes up kind of quickly - it will be here on Thursday, Feb 14 Tuesday, Feb 19 (= Class 6). It will cover the Medieval and Renaissance periods. The study guide and complete class notes are now up on our documents page, and lemme put the playlists here for your convenience.

Medieval Unit: YouTube / Spotify / Apple Music
Renaissance Unit: YouTube / Spotify / Apple Music

Youtube Playlist for Phones (Medieval + Renaissance)

Homework #2: The Three Textures

Web Homework Assignment No. 2 asks you to listen to musical clips and decide whether they are monophonic, polyphonic, or homophonic. These terms are discussed in the class two notes.

Remember that we also have an Extra Practice Assignment that is not graded and can be done multiple times.

This assignment is now due before Class 6 (Tues, Feb 21).

Secular Medieval Music

Reading Assignment

Please read pp. 60-66 in the eighth edition, or 66-72 in the seventh on Machaut, the troubadours, and Medieval musical instruments.

In class we'll spend a lot of time on Medieval instruments and we'll listen to this Medieval dance. I'll embed it here in case you want to rock out at home. It is not a quiz piece.

We'll also talk about the more sophisticated troubadour tradition that emerges in the 1100s. The following piece *is* quiz material.

Machaut, "Douce dame jolie"

(not in the book)

Track Links: Spotify YouTube Naxos
Album Links: Amazon CD Amazon Mp3 Spotify

Video clips on Minstrels and Troubadours

Once again we'll rely on Terry Jones' Medieval Lives to explain this subject in class. In particular we'll use bits on the role of minstrel, and the emergence of troubadours.

Bonus Track: Countess of Dia, A chantar m'er

The book actually uses this song by the Countess of Dia to illustrate the practice of the troubadours. (The Countess was a female troubadour or "trobairitz.")

Mostly I avoid this track because of the improvised vielle intro, which I think might be misleading, and the very free way Pilar Figueras sings the melody. I like our more "dry" and structured Machaut example. This is very pretty, though.

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

Another bonus track: Agincourt Carol

This piece is also discussed in the textbook. We'll leave it off of the quiz, but the historical context of this song is pretty interesting, and musically it is pretty awesome IMO.

Track Links: YouTube Spotify
Album Links: Google Play

One last, random detail

In class we talk about the Medieval and Renaissance string family, and the fact that they would have used gut strings. It turns out that modern musicians playing "old" instruments still use real gut strings.