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 11UR: Thursday, November 08 at 6:05
(= "Class 21/22")
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Quiz Three News

Quiz three will be next week, Thurs Nov 15. The complete notes, blogs, and study guide are now posted.

Romantic Period Playlist: Youtube / Spotify / Youtube for Phones

Pro-tip: Turn on the closed-captioning in the Schubert video to get English subtitles.

Assignments #12-14

We have three assignments due before this session. Consult the previous class's blog for more details on each of them.

Assignment #15: Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition

Here is another little online lecture based on something I used to do in class. First, read our special page about Mussorgsky (or watch the video lecture at the top.) Then Assignment 15 asks you questions about it.

This one is due before our Romantic-period quiz (Thurs, Nov 15).

Assignment #16: Quiz Three Preview

Assignment #16 gives you the usual selection of real quiz questions in advance of the quiz on Thursday. Complete notes and study guide are already up on our documents page.

As one might expect this is due before the quiz on Thursday, Nov 15 (= Class 12).

Felix Mendelssohn, Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream

Here's another video that is hosted on my website, not youtube.

Track Links: YouTube Spotify Apple Music
Album Links: MusicBrainz Google Play

Robert Schumann, "Im Wunderschönen Monat Mai" from Dichterliebe

This piece isn't really discussed in the book, just here on the web.

Listen for: The uneasy way the piano part undercuts the emotion of the words.

Im wunderschönen Monat Mai,
als alle Knospen sprangen,
da ist in meinem Herzen
die Liebe aufgegangen.

Im wunderschönen Monat Mai,
als alle Vögel sangen,
da hab' ich ihr gestanden
mein Sehnen und Verlangen.

In the wonderfully fair month of May,
as all the flower-buds burst,
then in my heart
love arose.

In the wonderfully fair month of May,
as all the birds were singing,
then I confessed to her
my yearning and longing.

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

Robert Schumann, Carnaval

This piece is actually only discussed in the seventh edition, on p. 269 - in the eighth he switches over to something else. I want to keep it on our list, though. No need to track down Craig Wright's discussion if you don't have it, our class notes should be sufficient to study off of.


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


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

Chopin, Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

This piece is discussed on pp. 279-281 in the eighth edition, 270-271 in the seventh. A "Nocturne" is supposed to be a night-time chillout piece.

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

Liszt, Transcendental Étude No. 8, "Wild Jagd"

This is another one that is only in the seventh edition ( pp. 272-275). He picks a different piece in the eighth, though he still discusses Liszt and the the concept of the "virtuoso" (pp. 281-283).

a different recording by Evgeny Kissin:

Album Links: Spotify Naxos
Track Links: Spotify Naxos

Romantic Opera

In this session we may also look at some of the "greatest hits" from opera's most important era. This is all non-quiz material.

We usually start with the "Largo al factotum" from Rossini's Barber of Seville [1816]

...and then we watch two scenes from Verdi's La Traviata [1853]

For our last "mainstream" Romantic opera we hear is the famous Habanera from Bizet's Carmen.

Richard Wagner

Then we turn to German composer Richard Wagner, and look at how he pushes music to extremes in the latter half of the Romantic period.

We see the Ride of the Valkyries, an example of his loud and bombastic side.

We see the beginning of Das Rheingold, as an example of his penchant for music that moves in extreme slow motion.

and finally we listen to the Prelude from Tristan und Isolde, which shows how he could create very complex music with a sense of constant flux. Some might argue that this is the ultimate Romantic piece.

None of this opera stuff is on Quiz 3 or 4, but we need to cover it. :)

Larry David's Wagner Bit

This is apparently from the Season 2 Episode 3 of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," where Larry David plays with the taboo against Wagner in his usual subtle and sensitive way.