For this paper, you will write an analytical paper on a complete work or a movement / portion of a larger work from the seventeenth or eighteenth century.
Length: 1500 words, typed, double-spaced, using a 12-point font, heading and page numbers.
Your essay needs to include the following components:
Please do NOT consult any source beyond the score, recorded performance, and our text. This essay is strictly about what YOU hear!
This essay will then be revised and expanded to a total of 3000 words by comparing performances of the same composition.
You are required to attend at least 2 concerts featuring the music of the seventeenth or eighteenth centuries and write a 500-750 word report on each experience. If you have any questions about a concert program, please let me know. Concert reports must discuss each work on the concert in a thoughtful way. A successful report will be organized effectively and demonstrate competence with the fundamentals of writing (spelling, punctuation, grammar, and syntax). Reports should be submitted with the concert program and ticket.
The following questions are designed to help you think about the music you will hear during the concert. You do not have to limit yourself to these questions, but be sure to focus your report on the music and its performance. Taking notes during the performance can disturb those around you; try writing down a few short ideas at intermission and immediately after the concert. Then write a draft of your report just after or within one day of the concert.
What is the form of the piece?
What techniques are used to create a sense of expectation?
Is the performance convincing?
If there is more than one performer, do you get the feeling of an ensemble working together?
Do you think the pieces played were programmed to reflect a theme or purpose? In what way(s) were the compositions related?
If the composition is on our syllabus, how does your prior knowledge of the piece affect your understanding of this particular performance? Does familiarly with the piece change the listening experience? How does this compare with hearing a piece for the very first time?
You will create two listening outlines, one on a work / movement from each century studied, to share with your fellow students as part of a class presentation.