8-28-08 - WritingAboutMusic Verbalization Announcement

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Writing About Music Practice with Observation and Verbalization
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Announcement I need everyone’s t-shirt size for this Tuesday’s ACT in Asheville event Service learning opportunity I’ve got lessons to teach that morning and will either need to duck out early or miss entirely
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Practice Composition #1 Take out your music writing journal and write down your observations of this first piece of music You will hear this example 2 times through On the first listening jot down whatever thoughts and images come to mind without regard to what you’re hearing and whether or not this relates in any way to the music, simply be aware of where your thoughts go
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Practice Composition #1 On the second listening write down descriptions of the musical elements Melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, form Try to be descriptive enough that someone who isn’t familiar with this music would be able to get a grasp of what it sounds like based on your words alone Feel free to comment about the lyrics, but the emphasis should be on the sounds, not the words
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Yesterday , by the Beatles Written by Paul McCartney Actually the only Beatle to perform on this recording One of the earliest pop tunes to use a string quartet The working title was “Scrambled Eggs” until Paul figured out the lyrics
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Yesterday Intro 4 measures of acoustic guitar playing a single chord A (first section) Acoustic guitar continues chordal accompaniment (homophonic texture) Paul enters and sings a melody that quickly moves to high vocal register and then returns in register
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Yesterday A (second section) Vocal melody the same with different words (new “verse”) Acoustic guitar continues as in first A String quartet enters Initially they play chord “pads” with little rhythmic interest, but by the end of this section they get a little more active
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Yesterday B section (bridge) Vocal melody in two parts Each part is almost the same with different words, but the second part is slightly different Maybe can be broken into “a and a 1” At the beginning of each of these parts the strings play rhythmically with the melody and then go back to chord pads Guitar continues accompaniment, except drops out at the very end (while violin plays descending line)
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Yesterday A (fourth section) Very similar to second A section Different lyrics help provide interest and keep it from getting too repetitive
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Yesterday B section An AABA form is set up, but this song deviates from repeating the entire form again and instead skips the first two A sections and jumps to the bridge here Virtually identical to the first bridge, with some subtle differences The strings are more rhythmically active in between each part At the end of this bridge the vocal sings the descending line instead of the violin
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Final A section The vocal melody is almost the same, but
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