Why Classical Music Matters by sdfwerte


									Course Title               : Music Appreciation: the Western Classical Tradition

Course Code                :   GEC353
No. of Credits/Term        :   3
Mode of Tuition            :   Lecture, Tutorial, Concert Attendance
Class Contact Hours        :   3 hours per week
Prerequisite(s)            :   None
Co-requisite(s)            :   None
Exclusion(s);              :   None
Brief Course Description   :   This course, which is open to all students, focuses on a limited
                               number of representative musical works in the Western Classical
                               Tradition. Bi-weekly musical case studies will spotlight such
                               significant historical and cultural issues as the development of a
                               written tradition, the relationship between music and Christianity,
                               the shifting role of performance, the dominance of piano culture, and
                               the rise of Nationalism. The introduction to the main elements of
                               music as theorized in the West: melody, rhythm, harmony, texture,
                               timbre and articulation, also represents an integral part of the course.
                                     The primary focus will be on the works themselves and
                               ancillary materials will be used to give a greater depth of
                               knowledge. For example, the class will take a trip to a live classical
                               concert, opera videos will be used to augment the listening
                               experience, etc. Students will discuss each work in historical and
                               cultural perspectives, allowing them to put music within the larger
                               context of their university education. Topics are chosen to give a
                               good historical grounding, which will then enable cross-period
                               discussion of the development of a genre, i.e., piano music in the
                               19th century versus the 20th century, the development of opera as
                               indicating societal change, musical interpretation and performance
                               changes, etc. In addition, the course will give students a better
                               understanding of the roles served by classical music and how this
                               can help them in their own real-world functioning.

Aims                       : 1. To explore musical, social, and philosophical currents
                                throughout the history of Western Culture.
                             2. To acquaint students with historical and biographical
                                information – looking at the world through music and at the
                                music through its social/historical context.
                             3. To acquaint students with the music itself, and help them to
                                recognize various musical styles and conventions.
                             4. To provide students with the opportunity for written

Learning Outcomes          : 1. Students will learn a basic body of important works of western
                                classical music.
                             2. Students will understand how each musical period builds on the

                                previous one while also making its own unique contribution.
                             3. Students will be able to write about and discuss classical music
                                with a firm grounding in the elements of a work.
                             4. Students will see each work with a larger cultural/societal
                             5. Students will improve their capacity to enjoy classical music

Indicative Content        : The structure of this course is mainly chronological and students
                            will be encouraged to think about the development of music and
                            how the musicals genres connect across the centuries. As the
                            students begin to develop their knowledge of a period and its forms,
                            cross-period discussion will facilitate the examination of a musical
                            genre across time, such as the development of the symphony from
                            the 18th to the 19th to the 20th century, for example, along with the
                            corresponding cultural developments.

                             Week 1 Introduction: The Elements of Music
                             Week 2 The Middle Ages
                             Week 3 The Renaissance
                             Week 4 Baroque Vocal Music Essay 1 Due
                             Week 5 Baroque Instrumental Music Quiz 1
                             Week 6 Classical Chamber Music
                             Week 7 Classical Symphony and Concerto Essay 2 Due; Class Trip
                                to a Classical Concert
                             Week 8 Nineteenth-Century Art Song and Piano Piece Quiz 2
                             Week 9 Nineteenth-Century Opera and Impressionism Concert
                                Report Due
                             Week 10: The Early Twentieth Century and Nationalism Essay 3
                             Week 11: Later Twentieth Century Quiz 3
                             Week 12: Revision Week Essay 4 Due
                             Final Examination

Teaching Method           : Lecture, tutorial discussion, attendance at a live classical concert.

Measurement of Learning   : •    Classroom discussion of the listening assignments
 Outcomes                   •    Attendance at a live orchestral concert by the class as a whole
                                 (HK Philharmonic or HK Sinfonietta or similar group)
                             •   4 short essays to allow the students to write about music using
                                 the elements of music as a guide for discussion
                             •   3 short quizzes to demonstrate reading, listening and analytical
                                 musical knowledge. It may cover materials from the textbook
                                 and/or anthology of scores and/or from the listening assignments
                             •   1 Concert Report based on attendance at a live classical concert

                                           (concert to be chosen by student with teacher approval)
                                     •     Final Examination: The comprehensive and cumulative final
                                           examination, accounting for 30% of the final grade, will involve
                                           the following: 1) Listening: identify several musical excerpts
                                           from the pieces studied throughout the semester. 2) Definition
                                           and Short Answer: Briefly explain and define musical
                                           terminology and concepts studied. 3) Essay: The Essay will be of
                                           comparative nature, asking, for example, to compare and
                                           contrast piano music from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Assessment                       : 70% Continuous Assessment
                                        Essays: 25%
                                        Quizzes 25%
                                        Concert Report: 20%
                                   30% Final examination

Required Reading                 :       Joseph Machlis and Kristine Forney, The Enjoyment of Music
                                            (Tenth Edition - Essential Listening Edition). New York: W.W.
                                         There are online resources available through the publisher for this
                                         Audio examples are available online via Lingnan’s subscription to
                                            Naxos Music Library. This will permit students to listen to a
                                            wide variety of performances to help with discussion of the
                                            role of interpretation as a part of performance.
                                         Supplemental texts as necessary

Required Listening ( will include the following but not be limited to only these pieces)

   1. Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
   2. Hildegard of Bingen: Alleluia, O virga mediatrix
   3. Machaut: Puis qu’en oubli
   4. Josquin: Ave Maria . . . virgo serena
   5. Palestrina: Pope Marcellus Mass, Gloria
   6. Susato: Three Dances
   7. Farmer: Fair Phyllis
   8. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Act III, Dido’s Lament
   9. Handel: Messiah, Nos. 18 and 44
   10. Bach: Cantata No. 80, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, No. 5
   11. Vivaldi: Spring, from The Four Seasons, I
   12. Handel: Water Music, Suite in D major, Alla hornpipe
   13. Bach: Contrapunctus I, from The Art of Fugue
   14. Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525, I and III

   15. Haydn: Symphony No. 94 in G major (Surprise), II
   16. Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67, I
   17. Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major, III
   18. Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 (Moonlight), I
   19. Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro, Act I, Scenes 6 and 7
   20. Schubert: Erlkönig
   21. Chopin: Polonaise in A Major, Op. 40, No. 1 (Military)
   22. Smetana: The Moldau, from My Country
   23. Verdi: Rigoletto, Act III, excerpts
   24. Brahms: A German Requiem, IV
   25. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, March
   26. Debussy: Prelude to “The Afternoon of a Faun”
   27. Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, Part I, excerpts
   28. Schoenberg: Pierrot lunaire, No. 18
   29. Copland: Billy the Kid, Scene I: Street in a Frontier Town
   30. Cage: Sonata V, from Sonatas and Interludes
   31. Sheng: China Dreams: Prelude
   32. Bernstein: West Side Story, excerpts
   33. John Williams: March, from Raiders of the Lost Ark
   34. Adams: Tromba lontana
   35. Larsen: Go from Me, from Beloved, Thou Hast Brought Me Many Flowers

Recommended Viewing (All titles refer to films unless otherwise stated)

Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro. Art Haus 100328. (Zurich Opera, 2001)
Verdi: Rigoletto. Opus Art OA0829D (Royal Opera House, 2001)
Attendance at a live classical concert as a class [note: reduced price may be obtained for the students]
Attendance at a live classical concert for Concert Report assignment.


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