Music & Culture I: Getting to Know the Sound of Instruments

Over the next two weeks, we will focus on getting to know what instruments (i.e. flute, trumpet, bass drum, etc.) and instrument classes (i.e. strings, brass, percussion, etc.) sound like.  Today in class, we will watch Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, which demonstrates the sound of all of these instruments.

Homework for Wednesday, 10/12/16

Listen to Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra at least two times.  Answer the following questions:

1.     How many times was the piece fast, slow, or medium speed?  Count the number of times as you listen to the piece and write down a total count for each speed.

2.     How many times was the piece really loud (ff), loud (f), medium loud (mf), medium soft (mp), soft (p), or really soft (pp).  Count the number of ties as you listen to the piece and write down a total count for each dynamic.

3.     How many times did you hear the main theme (played in the beginning of the piece) recur throughout the piece?

4.     How many times was the texture thick (lots of instruments playing), medium, or thin (light instrumentation)?

Homework for Wednesday, 10/19/16

Follow the link to the website: 

http://www.mhhe.com/socscience/music/kamien9e/part01/chapter02/youngpersonsguide/brittenguideinteractive.htm

Here you can listen to the various instruments and instrument classes of Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

Play each section of instrument classes (those under "Theme") and instruments (all of the variations), and in 1-2 sentences for each, describe what it sounds like.  You do not need to complete the "concluding section".

There will be a quiz on Wednesday, October 19 on which you will need to identify instruments and instrument classes by listening to them.

 

Music & Culture I: Listening for the Week of 9/14/16

This week, you will begin your listening journey to great music from throughout history!  Each week you will be required to listen to the assigned pieces and fill out an analysis form for the listening.  Each piece will be listened to a total of 6 times throughout the course of the year. 

Weekly listenings will be structured in "sittings", meaning that you will ideally listen to all of the music in that sitting without interruption.  The schedule of "sittings" will also help you to manage the amount of listening that you need to complete within a given week.  Each sitting will average between 6-15 minutes.  Very occasionally there will be a required 20-30 minute sitting due to the length of a particular piece. 

It is highly recommended that you complete listenings 1-2 and 3-4 in one sitting, and the analysis forms are structured in this way.  

THIS WEEK'S REQUIRED LISTENING

Sitting 1 (13:28)

Sitting 2 (17:34)

Music & Culture I: Listening for the week of 9/7/16

This week, you will begin your listening journey to great music from throughout history!  Each week you will be required to listen to the assigned pieces and fill out an analysis form for the listening.  Each piece will be listened to a total of 6 times throughout the course of the year. 

Weekly listenings will be structured in "sittings", meaning that you will ideally listen to all of the music in that sitting without interruption.  The schedule of "sittings" will also help you to manage the amount of listening that you need to complete within a given week.  Each sitting will average between 6-15 minutes.  Very occasionally there will be a required 20-30 minute sitting due to the length of a particular piece. 

It is highly recommended that you complete listenings 1-2 and 3-4 in one sitting, and the analysis forms are structured in this way.  

This Week's Required Listening

Sitting 1 (9:48)

Sitting 2 (9:48)

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