Music Appreciation F16

Welcome to Mr. Thomson’s Music Appreciation Class page.

Watch an interesting video reviewing the different textures here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_J2R20X16Jc (he adds two less common versions to the “big three” that we have studied)

Musical Instruments and Ensembles (textbook Unit II, chapters 7-10):

Read the chapters; view the videos in the playlist below, and a performance of Britten’s “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” The quiz I gave on musical instruments is available here: MUSIC APPRECIATION Instrument quiz

An “Instruments of the Orchestra” YouTube Playlist:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5BFCE9F5763D1241

This is a playlist of 19 videos from various sources covering all of the instruments of the orchestra. In the middle somewhere is a complete performance of Britten’s “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra”; see also below.

YouTube performances of Britten’s “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra”:

Old-school British performance with the narration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBLWdK6Hv-c

Conductor Simon Rattle introducing the work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqlXkr81t9c

Good performance by a German orchestra: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vbvhU22uAM

YouTube Symphony Orchestra (no narration) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HhTMJ2bek0

The Middle Ages (textbook Unit III, pages 70-95)

We start with Gregorian Chant, the oldest written-down music in the Western tradition, and continue with early polyphony. Here is a study guide for the weeks of October 13-22: MUSIC APPRECIATION October 8 Chant. Be able to answer the first three study questions and define all of the key terms (the textbook chapters are good for this). The text at the bottom of the page goes with the first of the items in the YouTube Listening gallery below. Look and listen to these videos. We will have a quiz covering chant and early polyphony on October 22.

YouTube Listening gallery: chant, troubadours, medieval polyphony, early motet

Chant Viderunt Omnes with scrolling chant notation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN73kO2_PZA

Leonin Viderunt Omnes (2 voices): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anIChU_7Nws

Perotin Viderunt Omnes with music in original notation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpgaEFmdFcM

Perotin Viderunt Omnes with music in modern notation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aySwfcRaOZM

Raimbaut Kalenda Maya (see textbook listening guide, pp 88-89): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-YEP3pX4SA

Anonymous Alle psallite cum luya (Montpellier Codex, early polyphony): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvAMe9rTsKc

2 13th-century motets, one for two voices, one for three (with music–you can follow the texts): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nem2irwphsE

Machaut: Puis qu’en oubli (Rondeau) (see textbook listening guide, p. 91): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHjWbgRZSrQ