Music Appreciation F16

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

Watch an interesting video reviewing the different textures here: (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:

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:

Conductor Simon Rattle introducing the work:

Good performance by a German orchestra:

YouTube Symphony Orchestra (no narration) :

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:

Leonin Viderunt Omnes (2 voices):

Perotin Viderunt Omnes with music in original notation:

Perotin Viderunt Omnes with music in modern notation:

Raimbaut Kalenda Maya (see textbook listening guide, pp 88-89):

Anonymous Alle psallite cum luya (Montpellier Codex, early polyphony):

2 13th-century motets, one for two voices, one for three (with music–you can follow the texts):

Machaut: Puis qu’en oubli (Rondeau) (see textbook listening guide, p. 91):