Everything begins with a basic roadmap in our mind in order to process it - what is heard,
remembered, and anticipated. Music falls into this same format while we are listening to it
through repetition and contrast. With that insight, I have been able to
With which contemporary movement can the composer John Cage be linked?
A) theater of the absurd
B) aleatoric music
Of the following, who was not a prominent musical entertainer during the Depression?
A) Bing Crosby
The piece, Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra by composer Benjamin Britten, is pretty amazing with
how he begins with the entire orchestra playing together. At about 3 minutes in he goes into adding the
form of many variations by showcasing each of the
Discussion Topic/Question #1
Discuss the influence of Eastern culture on Western musical composition. Why do you think composers and
audiences alike were drawn to Eastern elements in their music? Have we seen Eastern influences historically
before this ti
Discuss African musical traditions and their appearance in the music of the United States.
Did African music influence African-American music? What influence did African-American
music have on American popular styles?
African music influ
Discuss Berliozs Symphonie fantastique as the epitome of Romanticism. Include a
discussion of the extra-musical inspiration of the piece, the use of the bizarre/macabre, the
subject content of the program of the symphony, etc.
Discuss religious life in the Middle Ages. What role, if any, did monasteries and convents
have in the preservation of knowledge? Why are we studying religious life in a music
class? What role, if any, did women have in the Christian chu
Discuss some of the post-World War II trends in the arts.
The arts post-World War II went from a frenzied appearance to a calm with almost a
spiritual quality. The artists put a lot of personal feelings and most times the actual
act of p
What was so important to music about the Council of Trent? Did the Council of
Trent have anything to do with the Counter-Reformation? How did both these
events have an impact on music making in the Christian Church? Please use
Explain the role that music played in the religious life of colonial America. Include specific
examples of composers and pieces of music. Outside reading, if youre interested, is
Religious music was the first music of early c
Discuss the musical importance of the 1889 Worlds Fair in Paris. What did Debussy and
Ravel hear there? Did it appeal to the Romantic notion of long ago and far away? How are
musical ideas from other cultures shared among cultures today?