Elements Of Music
1. Define Melody, contour, interval, phrase, and cadence.
Melody- The line or tune within music, concept shared by most cultures
Contour- How the melody moves up and down an the range, or span of pitches
Interval- Distance between any tw
The Middle Ages and Polyphony GE 135
Week # 2 . Douglas Jackson, Instructor
The Rise of Polyphony
Polyphony, or the combination of two or
more simultaneous melodic lines, is the
single-most important development in the
history of Western Music.
A. Where was Count Basie born and what was his birth name.
(William James Basie, he was born in Red Bank, New Jersey)
B. Were his parents musicians.
(Yes, his mother had taught him how to play the piano)
C. Where did he receive his training.
(He started o
The Elements of Music: GE
135 Summer 2013
Week 2 assignment 1.
Melody: Musical Line
A melody is the line or tune in music, a
concept that is shared by most cultures.
Each Melody is unique in its contour ( how
it moves up and down and th
Read pages 66-73 and study the attached power point presentation. Answer the following
1. Provide the dates for the Middle Ages.
The dates for the Middle Ages are (476-1450)
2. Describe polyphony and why it is different from monophony.
GE 135 Introduction to Music Literature
Summer 2013, Douglas Jackson, Instructor
Week 3 #1 Medieval
and Renaissance Music
As far as can be determined, there has
been music since the dawn of history. But
we have only verbal descriptions and
Tempo and Dynamics
Tempo and Dynamics as
Elements of Expression
The composer adds markings for tempo and dynamics to
help shape the expressive content of a work. The
following example indicates a change in volume from
MP mezzo piano to
Renaissance in Western Europe
June 5, 2013
Intro to Music Lit.
The Renaissance period was a period in which occurred during 1450 ending in 1600.
This was an era of exploration, scientific inquiry, and awakening and secularization. Also,
Intro to Music Literature
May 24, 2013
Music is the ground note; Also a collection of a pitch
which is highness or loudness of a tone depending on the
frequency. Music is a mixture of multiple frequencies put
together in order to produce a s
June 6, 2013
Intro to Music Lit.
Claudio Monterverdi Profile
Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monterverdi whom was
born, May 15, 1567, Cremona, Italy. During his year
Monterverdi published eight books of hymns.
Monterverdi received a musical educati
June 14, 2013
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
One of the greatest composers during the 18th
century was born in, Getreidegasse, Austria, January
27, 1756. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was one out of
many composer during his time that was capable of
GE 135 Intorduction to Music Literature. Week 2 # 3
Douglas Jackson, Instructor.
Harmony, Chords and
Harmony describes the simultaneous
events in music. Harmony can be
compared to the concept of perspective in
Harmony and Instruments
Tiffany C. Cross
Intro to Music
May 29, 2013
The piano was invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori,
in Florence, Italy during the year of 1700, but it is not
known exactly when Cristofori first built the piano.
Although, it is believed t
June 6, 2013
Gregorian chant which is also known as plainsong
or either plainchant is a single line melody; being
monophonic in texture and lacking harmony and
counterpoint. Pope Gregory the Great is the one that
can be ackno
1. Musical instruments are divided into four groups. Indentify the groups and provide two
examples in each group. Idiophones: xylophones & cymbals, Membranophone: Kettle
drums & friction drums, Chordophones: violin & guitar, Aerophones: Bagpipes &
Rhythm and Meter: Musical
Music is propelled
forward by rhythm. In
this chapter we will
explore the elements of
Music is propelled forward by rhythm, the
movement of music in time. There are a
variety of rhythms in music. Listen to the