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Unformatted text preview: List of Things to Know for Music 15 Spring 2009 Midterm Please note : Handel's Water Music and Mozart's Piano Concerto are dropped from the syllabus. You will not be responsible for them on the midterm Please note : Although all of the questions on the midterm will be multiple choice, they will not be multiple guess. They are designed to make guessing unprofitable, so a thorough understanding of the material is necessary to do well. On the other hand, I work hard to make sure that they are NOT tricky, so if you know the material very well, you should be fine. Please note : It is best when reviewing not only to understand what they mean, but to be able to connect them to specific works. (e.g. melisma: prominent in Hildegards Alleluia and the Notre Dame School anonymous piece, Gaude Maria virgo ; ground bass in .which work? etc.) Please note : Although the sample questions I provided in lecture this week pertained to audio examples, remember that there will be plenty of questions that do not directly relate to something I play during the midterm. You will only be tested on material that we covered in lecture and sections. Be able to identify the works we studied in class from listening to the beginning of each work. For purposes of the exam, the beginning means the beginning of any movement we studied. A list of the pieces (and individual movements) is posted on the course website. o By identify, you must not only know the name of the piece, you must know salient information about it, and about the composer, the genre, form (when significant), original and current function, social contexts in which they were composed, etc. Basically, anything important we talked about in lecture. o If it is an opera, you must know basic information about the plot and important characters (ones we discussed in class) Be able to identify other easily-identifiable musical characteristics if I play an example of them in class (melisma, disjunct melody, imitative polyphony, etc.). Representations of classical music in popular culture Eras in Classical Music history Common practice era Which eras most commonly found in classical music concerts today Harmony: two or more pitches sounding simultaneously Form: Meter & types of meter o I will not ask you to identify a meter of a piece unless it is one we studied in class AND the...
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- Spring '09