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Prompt for Blog 2

REMINDER: I will be collecting your notes worksheet on the musical elements on Wednesday 2/19. Paper copies only.

Under Monday 2/10 in the schedule, I’ve included links to three pieces of assigned listening: Alapana from Sitar, Sarode, and Tabla; Kyrie (monophonic); and Kyrie from the Pope Marcellus Mass. For this blog, you will pick two of these listening examples and discuss them in connection with any three of the musical elements: melody, rhythm, harmony, timbre, texture, or form.

Your discussion can take many forms–the most important aspect of this assignment is that you listen closely, make an effort to apply the musical concepts from class, and describe the results. Here are some things you can choose to do in your blog:

  • define your musical elements or terms
  • describe how these elements or terms are present in your example
  • if you think the elements or terms don’t apply to your example (or you can’t hear them), describe why the music doesn’t fit within these categories, or what information you’re missing to make a decision
  • compare/contrast how your examples utilize a musical element
  • talk about your process of close listening with the musical elements in mind

You can learn more about the listening examples as well as the elements by consulting the following resources: Chapter 2 of the textbook (available in three sections as PDF files under 2/5 and 2/10 in the schedule); class slides (2/5 and 2/10); your class notes; or finding sources online (but make sure to quote or give credit as necessary!).

This blog is due Sunday 2/16 by 12:00pm. Don’t forget to comment on a classmate’s post and consult the posting guidelines pinned at the top of the blog.


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