Music 1500: Main Terms to Focus On in Each Segment of the Class . . .

Note: This list is provided for basic study purposes only in preparation for understanding the lecture material--it is NOT the only material that you need to know for exams (you still need to do the assigned reading, listening and online assignments)--the topics are listed in the order they are presented during the semester, and will be updated at the end of each week.

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Musical Elements: (know definitions of these elements and subterms)
-Rhythm (also know that "tempo"= speed of the beat)
-Dynamics,
-Melody,
-Harmony,
-Texture,
-Tone Color
-Form
(see Webbook: "The Elements of Music"

 

The 6 historical style eras in chronological order:
-Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classic, Romantic, Modern
(see the brief overview at the end of the Webbook Lesson: "The Elements of Music")

 

Chamber Music: c1700-1750
see
Webbook: "Chamber Music"

Know the instruments in the following ensembles:

-Woodwind Quintet- (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn)
-Brass Quintet- (2 trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba)
-String Quartet- (2 violins, viola, cello)

 

Music of the Classic Era: c1750-1820
see
Webbook: "The Classic Era"

(Start this discussion on Wed Feb 8)
- For now, focus on 3 major Classic composers: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven
- Genres [compositional categories]: symphony, string quartet, sonata, concerto
- Know the 4-movement design of Classic instrumental music

 

III. World Music:
see
Webbook: "World Music"
- African traits: Call and response, polyrhythm, improvisation
- Indonesia (Gamelan=percussion ensemble)
- Mexico (Mariachi=traditional ensemble with guitars, violins, trumpets, etc.)
- Middle East ('Ud=lute-like instrument)
- Japan (Koto=13-stringed instrument)