Music History

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Section III: Music History

Essay Question #1: Musical instruments are constantly changing, along with the way musicians play them. As a group, how has the orchestra changed since the Baroque Era? Briefly describe its evolution up to the present day. Be sure to include in your discussion:
which instruments have been especially important in different eras

  • when new instruments were introduced
  • how the size of the orchestra has changed
  • how instrumental sections have changed

Question #2: It is a popular saying that great works stand the test of time. Some composers who enjoyed fame in their own time have since been forgotten, while others, like Beethoven, are almost household names. In your opinion, which composer from the list deserves another hundred years of fame? Choose ONE composer from the list below. Be sure to include in your discussion: background of the musical time in which the composer lived

  • important events in the composer’s life
  • the style(s) of music each composer is best known for
  • if relevant, brief description of specific work(s)
  • why you feel that this composer is unique

Composers:
Hildegard von Bingen, Guillaume de Machaut, Orlande de Lassus, Giovanni Gabrieli, J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Joseph Haydn, W.A. Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Hector Berlioz, Robert Schumann, Richard Wagner, Arnold Schoenberg, Igor Stravinsky

Question #3: Music has been described as the ordering of sound in time. Composers have shaped music into countless forms, many of which have endured for hundreds of years, such as the symphony or the string quartet. Compare and contrast TWO musical forms in detail from the list below. CIRCLE your choice. Be sure to include in your discussion:

  • the defining characteristics of these forms
  • when in musical history these forms developed and how they have evolved
  • major composers who wrote in these styles

Possible Choices:

  1. mass vs. madrigal
  2. opera vs. symphony
  3. sonata vs. song cycle

SECTION III: MUSIC HISTORY
Essay

Directions: Choose TWO of the possible three questions to answer in detailed essays. Make an “X” next to the question that you choose to leave blank

Question #1: Some people feel that music is meant to put a smile on our faces, or make us dance and forget the troubles of the world. In your opinion, is music meant to be pure entertainment, or does it serve a social and/or political purpose? Choose a historical period. Then, using specific examples from musical history of that period, discuss the role of music in society. Be sure to include in your discussion:

  • important musical and social events in the chosen historical period
  • key musicians associated with this period
  • if relevant, brief description of specific work(s)

Question #2: A performer makes a musical mark by playing his/her instrument or singing in a special way. Throughout musical history, the way that instruments are played has radically changed. For example, would Mozart have recognized “Pine Top” Smith’s boogie-woogie piano as the same instrument that he wrote piano concerti for? Choose one performer from the list below and describe his/her impact on musical history.Be sure to include in your discussion:

  • background of the musical time in which each performer lived
  • important events in the performer’s life
  • the style(s) of music each performer is best known for
  • if relevant, brief description of specific work(s)

Possible Choices:

  1. Louis Armstrong (Jazz)
  2. Gertrude “Ma” Rainey (Blues)
  3. James Brown (Soul)
  4. Willie Nelson (Country)
  5. Bill Monroe (Bluegrass)
  6. Elvis Presley (Rock)
  7. Queen Latifah (Hip-Hop)
  8. A musical artist of your choice

Question #3: When you love a piece of music, it instantly “speaks” to you. Music appreciation is about learning to recognize all styles of music, even the ones that you’d rather not listen to. It’s also about understanding how your favorite musical style/s fit into the larger picture of music history.

Compare and contrast a style of music that you knew you loved before the course with a style of music you’ve come to appreciate during the course.

Be sure to include in your discussion:

  • the defining characteristics of each style
  • when in musical history these styles developed and how they have evolved since
  • major artists who have written or performed in this style
  • why you like or dislike each of the styles

Possible Choices:

JazzBluesGospel
SoulMotownBluegrass
FolkCountryRock
Hip-HopLatin MusicReggae
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