W14 Music 160 Week 1 Lesson 2

W14 Music 160 Week 1 Lesson 2 - Introduc)ontoBallads...

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Introduc)on to Ballads: Thinking about Narra)ve January 7, 2014
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Administra)on For those joining today: Course Website: hGps://catalyst.uw.edu/workspace/csunardi/ 17871/ (see website for syllabus, required book, instructor contact info, link to discussion board, etc.±
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Listening examples on e‐reserves Are s)ll issues with the streaming media (listening± items I will let you know when the streaming media items are working properly
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Re: Add codes I am very sorry, but this class is nearly full. Please see David Aarons aWer class or email him about geXng on the wait list. [email protected] I will likely be teaching this class again during the summer (A‐term).
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For today… Start to think about ballads Are many types of ballads and many ways of categorizing ballads For today, will focus on Bri)sh‐American ballads – ballads that came to the U.S. from the Bri)sh Isles Also referred to as Anglo‐American ballads (such as in your reading assignment for this week by Daniel Kingman± Also referred to as Bri)sh Isles ballads or ballads of the Bri)sh Isles Focus on a ballad as a form of “story sung” (Kingman 1979:5±
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Focus on the text Will focus on ballads as a form of song that tells a story—a form of narra)ve Will also think about how stories are told through ballads
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Some Characteris)cs of Bri)sh‐American Ballads Narra)ve songs (songs that tell a story± Many verses Some ballads include refrains or choruses (more on form tomorrow± Usually sung solo
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Tradi)onally sung a cappella (that is, just voice± But can also be accompanied by an instrument, such as a banjo or guitar Can have male or female voice Strophic form ‐ same melody used for every strophe (includes verses, verse and chorus± (more on form tomorrow± Ex: “The House Carpenter”
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“The House Carpenter” (E‐reserves Unit 1) (please note that the singer might sing the words slightly diferently than what is wriGen) 1. “Well met, well met, you old true‐love!
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W14 Music 160 Week 1 Lesson 2 - Introduc)ontoBallads...

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