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)

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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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Day 8: Musical portraits (Sep 23)

The music played before class was Julius Eastman, Gay Guerrilla (1979)

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Music played in class

Johann Sebastian Bach, Fugue No. 2 in C minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier

Day 9: Form (Sep 25)

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Music played in class

  • Jackson 5, “I Want you Back” (1969)
  • Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe” (2012)
  • Journey, “Any Way You Want It” (1981)
Frédéric François Chopin, Mazurka Op. 17 No. 2 in E minor (1833)
Edvard Grieg, Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46, IV. In the Hall of the Mountain King (1875)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Trepak from The Nutcracker (1892)

Day 10: Intro to Musical Analysis 1 (Oct 2)

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Music played in class

Franz Schubert, Der Erlkönig (1815)

Day 11: Intro to Musical Analysis 2 (Oct 7)

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music played in class

Franz Schubert, Gretchen am Spinnrade, Op. 2 (1814)

Day 12: Exam #1 (W Oct 16)

Rewrite/make-up instructions are available here.

Day 13: Roundtable #1: Aesthetics (M Oct 21)

Assignment prompt and assigned articles are available here.

Day 14: Thinking like a musicologist 4: The Classical period (W Oct 23)

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Music played in class

Johann Sebastian Bach, Fugue No. 1 in C Major from The Well-Tempered Clavier
Johann Sebastian Bach, Fugue No. 2 in C minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sonata in C Major, K. 545, I. Allegro

Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 5 in c minor, I. Allegro con brio – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msolhqi-PC0&t=140s

Day 15: The string quartet (Oct 28)

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Music played in class

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), Tafelmusik, Quartet in G Major, I. Adagio-Allegro-Adagio (1733)

Joseph Haydn, String Quartet Op. 76, No. 3, “The Emperor,” I. Allegro (exposition) (1796-97) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHJolteDIzc

Joseph Haydn, String Quartet Op. 33 No. 2 “The Joke,” IV. Presto (1781)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131, II. Allegro molto vivace (1826)
Anton Webern (1883-1945), String Quartet, Op. 28 (1937-38)

George Crumb, Black Angels (1970):
https://youtu.be/11o8nHk-l_o

Day 16: The symphony (Oct 30)

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Music played in class

Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 5 in c minor, I. Allegro con brio – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msolhqi-PC0&t=140s

William Grant Still (1895-1978), Symphony No. 1 in A-flat Major “Afro-American,” I. Moderato assai (1930)
Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90, II. Andante (1883)

Video, minuet dancing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yurw5Cf4HY

Joseph Haydn, Symphony No. 46 in B Major, III. Menuet (1772)
Louise Farrenc, Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 36, IV. Finale: Allegro (1847)

Day 17: Music and disability (Nov 4)

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Day 18: Opera 1 (Nov 6)

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Music played in class

Day 19: Opera 2 and the concerto (Nov 11)

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Music played in class

Day 20: Unwritten Music (Nov 13)

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Day 21: Musical careers 1 (Nov 18)

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