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Unformatted text preview: January 19: o Aaron Copland (1900-1990) • Hoedown, a movement from his ballet, Rodeo Movement: a piece, especially instrumental, is part of a larger piece that is split into sections Piece from beef commercial – westernish • He gave us a distinct American sound Frontier, wild west, Jazz, folk music • Wanted to make art music accessible to the public • Concerned that music was going in a “werid” – technoish direction that he makes and writes books about more traditional music o Copland’s Three Layers of Listening • Sensual: Music that our senses perceive and enjoy the music but without conscience consideration Commercial-type effect • Expressive: We attempt to apply some sort of meaning to the music • Musical (Active Listening): 3 rd and highest level of listening We focus our attention on the music itself How the notes are cohesive and melded together to make a whole o Active Listening • Focus solely on the music • Remember what you hear (repetition vs. contrast) • Notice the important musical ideas • Listen to a piece more than once o Modest Musorgsky (1839-1881) • Russian nationalist • “The Mighty Handful” or “The Russian Five” At the time, people were writing music that is native and sounds like their country. In other words, they were playing Russian music that sounded Russian. • Pictures at an Exhibition (1874) – inspired by the paintings of Victor Hartman Hartman, died in 30s due to brain anerism, was a friend of Musorgsky. o Pictures at an Exhibition (listening guide on pgs 8-10) • Orchestration – Music initially conceived at the keyboard but later allocated to various instruments (Wright 6) • Made ten pieces but studying four of them: • Need to know: the major theme, composer, title, and meaning Promenade (major)- Not a painting: walking music to symbolize someone walking from painting to painting- Formal, Related to courting tradition - Composer stumps around the exhibition before coming to stop at the first painting that interested him...
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