Day 1: Welcome (Aug 28)

The music played before class was Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring (1944)

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In-class activity — may be submitted for grading by students who were absent

Writing prompt:

Welcome to Mu 102, a course whose purpose is to encourage you to think more deeply and in new ways about something that is often everywhere in our daily lives: music. Let’s begin with our first assignment of the semester. Take the first 10 minutes of class to write a paragraph in response to this question:

When has a piece of music, something you either created or heard, made a significant impact on your life? What qualities or context made that piece so significant?

Day 2: Music and the Brain (Sep 4)

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Video played in class (How playing an instrument affects your brain): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0JKCYZ8hng

Music played before class: Igor Stravinsky, “Gavotte” from Pulcinella (1920), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNJUVjd4mQU

Day 3: Melody and texture (Sep 5)

Lecture notes

Video played in class (Melody and expectations — sing along!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne6tB2KiZuk

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Music played in class

Piece played before class: Simon Shaheen, Dance mediterranea, performed by the Imani Winds (2000): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0llYDha2x2o

Pieces played in class that are readily available online:

  • Ke$ha, “We R Who We R” (2010)
  • The Weeknd, “The Hills” (2015)
  • Simon and Garfunkel, “Scarborough Fair” (1966)

Anonymous, Kyrie eleison (c. 500 AD)

Kyrie eleison

Day 4: Thinking like a musicologist: Medieval and Renaissance (Sep 9)

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Music played in class

Piece played before class: Josquin des Prez, Absalom, fili mi (1513): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2MuqpcfuM4

Pérotin (1160-1230), Viderunt omnes

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-94), Jesu, Rex Admirabilis

Day 5: Rhythm (Sep 11)

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Music played in class

William Byrd, Fantasia for 5 viols: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViFKtZEUPL0

Day 6: Thinking like a musicologist: Baroque (Sep 16)

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Music played in class:

Dave Brubeck Quartet, “Unsquare Dance”
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Jean-Baptiste Lully, Gavotte from Atys (1676)

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Day 7: Instruments and voice types (Sep 18)

The music played before class was Benjamin Britten, “Dawn” from Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op. 33a (1945)

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