Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Listening Portfolio #5: ROMANTIC ERA and 20th CENTURY  (the last one)

We are going to listen to pieces that cover the major features of these important eras. Your job:

Pick 3 (THREE) of the following pieces and 1 (ONE) of your choice.

Listen to them. For the pieces below, visit (see Ms. Simmons for password) or find a version on YouTube.

Write a paragraph (150-200 words) response to EACH piece. In writing your response, consider the questions of the Critical Analysis Process:

 Initial Reaction
  • What is your first impression of the music?
  • What does it remind you of?
  • What is your emotional reaction?
  • What puzzles you about this music? Do you have any questions?
  • Can you make any personal connections to it?
  • rhythm - speed?
  • melody - improvisation?
  • harmony - major/minor?
  • texture - layers?
  • form - how is organized?
  • dynamics - loud, soft?
  • timbre - the instruments used?
  • other comments on the feel, mood or affect of the piece

Playlist #5: ROMANTIC ERA and 20th CENTURY

Pick one of these:
1. Wagner - "Ride of the Valkyries" from Die Walkure
2. Rachmaninov - any of his piano pieces - watch this version
3. Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake Theme

Pick one of these:
4. Scuhmann - "Ich grolle nicht"
5. Bizet - "Toreador" from Carmen
6. Paganini - any of his Caprices - watch this version

Pick one of these:
7. Debussy - "Claire de Lune"
8. Schoenberg - Pierrot Lunaire (get ready to be spooked out)
 9. Bartok - Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta

Plus one of your own choice from the Romantic era.

Due emailed to Ms. Simmons by Monday Dec 16.

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