Mus 15 Paper 2

Mus 15 Paper 2 - Seth Klebe Emma McCullough Section: F...

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Seth Klebe Emma McCullough Section: F 10:00 A.M. Music 15 Music 15, Fall 2010: The Sound of Generations Music is a fluid art form. It will appear into one’s auditory consciousness, and then it will be gone when the note, phrase, movement, or piece comes to an end. However, the history and music theory that lies behind each piece are stable entities. The contemporary genres borrowed themes either directly from Classical music, or adapted the music into something completely new. Ludwig van Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata is just one piece of many that helped to influence other composers’ music within the Classical era all the way up to contemporary music. Also, the notable music critic Alex Ross believes that classical music is on the decline for audiences and music listeners. Despite the fact that classical music may very well be on the decline, I believe that whether most acknowledge it or not, Classical music still plays a significant role in today’s generation of music, and is still appreciated for what it is. The Classical era is characterized in part by the socio-economic change that was occurring due to multiple revolutions, and by the decline of aristocratic rulers. Also, this period is known as an age of reason and enlightenment, which focused on rational thought, science, and a renewed interest in ancient cultures. The aesthetics of the time valued balance, symmetry, simplicity and gracefulness within musical works. This was the age of absolute music where many pieces were not created based on text or vocal models because there was a rise of instrumental music. The Classical era gave rise to the Sonata Form, which is a single movement piece in three organizational parts of instrumental music that contains an exposition, development, and recapitulation. The exposition displays the pieces’ two primary themes while the development allows the music to go off into new tangents. Then, the recapitulation brings the piece back into a near copy of the exposition.
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This note was uploaded on 08/26/2011 for the course MUSIC 15 taught by Professor Demaio during the Spring '09 term at UCSB.

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Mus 15 Paper 2 - Seth Klebe Emma McCullough Section: F...

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