50:700:202:40 INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC

FALL 2003 Julianne Baird
Tuesday Evening 6:00 pm - 8:40 pm
Fine Arts Building Room 215


Email: jbaird@crab.rutgers.edu
Telephone: 856-225-6210
Office hours: Tuesday 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

REQUIRED FIELD TRIP, TEXT and CDs:


OBJECTIVES: The primary goal of this course will be to give the student an understanding of the development of Western Music from the Middle Ages to the late twentieth century. Understanding the major trends in Western music as well as its function in society, and examination of the parallels with other fine arts is a further goal.

The focus of the course will be the study of musical literature. Major works from all instrumental and vocal genres will be studied from historical, theoretical, and social perspectives. The course will place a high degree of emphasis on listening, and there will be one comprehensive listening examination in the course of the class.


GRADING:

A = 100% - 92%
B+ = 91% - 88%
B = 87% - 82%
C+ = 81% - 78%
C = 77% - 70%
D = 69% - 60%
F = 59% - 0%


COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

1. Visit to the Opera

MANDATORY ATTENDANCE at the October 21st Opera Company of Philadelphia at the ACADEMY OF MUSIC performance of the opera Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi. Presentation of ticket stub and a ONE PAGE description of the opera is required to get credit for attendance.
Lab Fee: $ 22.00 payable by September 9th. (Covers ticket to the Opera - Transportation is NOT provided)

2. Class Attendance

Regular class attendance is also mandatory. Three missed classes lower your letter grade.

3. Exams

  • There will be approximately 5-6 take-home tests given during the semester with multiple choice, True/False, or ID questions worth 50-100 points per test. These tests will be available on the web, accessibly on this syllabus by clicking on the hyperlink.
  • A few in-class multiple-choice quizzes covering material presented in the films will be given.
  • One listening test (1/2 of the final exam) will also figure in your grade. The examples for the listening test will be drawn from the CDs accompanying the text. Play these CDs on while you are studying and become as familiar with them as you can. (See Listening Exam Information).

Extra Credit Option

If the student desires to bring up his/her grade, s/he may do so by attending a classical music concert * and by submitting a WELL WRITTEN two-page "Musical Review" which reflects Cliff Laman's rules and procedures in HOW TO WRITE A MUSICAL REVIEW. Two accepted Musical Reviews can bring up the grade by one grade level (i.e., B+ --> A).

* You may choose any of the FREE Wednesday Concerts on the Camden Campus
Location: Mallery Room: Time 12 noon-1:00

October 8, William Carr, pianist
October 15th Seraphim String Quartet
October 22nd "Unseam'd Shakespeare" - Dr. Baird and Richard Store, Lute
October 29th Rieko Aizawa, piano--Sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven
November 5 Mark Kramer--jazz piano, bass and drums
November 12 11:40- 2:20 Madrigal Festival
November 12 NOON--Music of G.F. Handel Philomel Baroque and Arco Argento
November 19 Seraphim Quartet

NO INCOMPLETES WILL BE GIVEN!


TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE
Tuesday, September 2

Class Introductions
Read Pages 1-57 and fill out Take Home Test: "Elements of Music"
To print the test, click the icon of your choice or

Films from "Exploring the World of Music" Rhythm/ Melody/ Harmony/ Timbre

Click here for Study Guide 1

September 9

Take Home Test: "Elements of Music" due
Read pages 62-88, Middle Ages and Renaissance
Films: Medieval Instruments and Hildegard von Bingen: Ordo Virtutem

Due: $ 22.00 for Opera ticket (October 21st Opera Company of Philadelphia at the ACADEMY OF MUSIC performance of the opera Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi.)

September 16

Renaissance, cont'd / First Secular Music / Luther and the Reformation
Renaissance Dances / Elizbethan Golden Age
Take Home Test: "Medieval and Renaissance"
To print the test, click the icon of your choice or
Click here for Study Guide 2

September 23

Take Home Test: "Medieval and Renaissance" due
Transition to the Baroque
Read pages 88-142
Films: “Monteverdi in Mantua,” “Orfeo,” Poppea," and “Venice and the Gabrielis”

September 30
Purcell and Vivaldi
Films: Purcell: “England My England,” “Venice and Vivaldi”
Concerto Grosso Form/Ground Bass Forms/ Continuo/ History of Ospedale della Pieta
October 7
World of Opera
Films: Monteverdi and Mantua/ DrottningholmTheater/ Handel and the Royal Academy of Music
Castrati/ Purcell; Dido and Aeneas/
Wednesday, October 8
William Carr, pianist--- FREE Wednesday Concerts for Extra Credit-Plus Concert Report
Location: Rutgers-Camden - Fine Arts Building, Mallery Room
Time: 12 noon - 1:00pm
October 14
Lecture on Verdi's Il Trovatore in preparation for Oct 21st Attendance to OCP performance
Wednesday, October 15
Seraphim String Quartet--- FREE Wednesday Concerts for Extra Credit-Plus Concert Report
Location: Rutgers-Camden - Fine Arts Building, Mallery Room
Time: 12 noon - 1:00pm
Tuesday, October 21
7:00 pm

at the
Academy of Music
in Philadelphia, PA


Guiseppe Verdi's
Il Trovatore

This class is replaced by attendance at
Il Trovatore in Philadelphia

Attendance is REQUIRED!
Transportation is PATCO High Speed Line or Private Carpool
(Note: The last stop of the PATCO Speedline brings you directly to the West side of the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.
See map: 15th-16th and Locust Streets)

EARLY STARTING TIME: 7:30 pm ----- You should be there by 7:00 pm
-- If you are late OCP does not permit late entrance
to the theatre until after the FIRST ACT!
Wednesday, October 22
"Unseam'd Shakespeare" - Dr. Baird and Richard Store, Lute
FREE Wednesday Concerts for Extra Credit-Plus Concert Report
Location: Rutgers-Camden - Fine Arts Building, Mallery Room
Time: 12 noon - 1:00pm
Take Home Test: " Baroque Era"
To print the test, click the icon of your choice or
October 28

Take Home Test: "Baroque Era" due
Baroque Era

Read pages 92-142

Films:
Johann Sebastian Bach: A Documentary Biography - Bach Masterpieces to Order
Fugue/ Brandenburg/Orchestral Suites/ Cantata


Click here for Study Guide 3

Wednesday, October 29
Rieko Aizawa, piano--Sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven
FREE Wednesday Concerts for Extra Credit-Plus Concert Report
Location: Rutgers-Camden - Fine Arts Building, Mallery Room
Time: 12 noon - 1:00pm
November 4
Classical Era
Read pages 142-201
Celebrating Haydn/ Haydn and the Esterhazy’s/ sonata form/ variation form/Minuet and Trio, Rondo Symphony, Opera, and Concerto Forms.
Click here for Study Guide 4
 
Wednesday, November 5

Mark Kramer--jazz piano, bass and drums
FREE Wednesday Concerts for Extra Credit-Plus Concert Report
Location: Rutgers-Camden - Fine Arts Building, Mallery Room
Time: 12 noon - 1:00pm

November 11
Beethoven and Mozart
Films: Mozart - “Dropping the Patron, ” "Amadeus"
Beethoven - “Composer as Hero,” and “Beethoven and the Age of Revolution”
Wednesday,
November 12th
Rutgers-Camden

FREE WEDNESDAY CONCERT @ 11:40 am - 2:20 pm at the Walter Gordon Theater
Madrigal Festival at the Rutgers- Camden
(with video files)

FREE Wednesday concerts on Campus for Extra Credit
Plus Concert Report /
Music of G.F. Handel/ Dr. Julianne Baird, soprano, Philomel Baroque and Arco Argento (Rutgers Camden Student String Group)

view and listen to Dr. Baird's performance: Too Hot to Handel
November 18
Films: Schubert: The Young Romantic “ Peter Ustinov’s Mendelssohn” “Brahms” and “Chopin”
Read pages 202-277
In Class Quiz
Wednesday,
November 19

Seraphim String Quartet
FREE Wednesday Concerts for Extra Credit-Plus Concert Report
Location: Rutgers-Camden - Fine Arts Building, Mallery Room
Time: 12 noon - 1:00pm

Tuesday,
November 25

Thanksgiving Recess
December 2
Take Home Test: " Classical Period"
To print the test, click the icon of your choice or


Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Symphonic Poem/ Exoticism/ Nationalism/ Verismo / Program Music/ Berlioz/ Smetana Verdi, Wagner Puccini,
December 9

Take Home Test "Classical Period" due

Films:
“Spring Symphony” Biography of Clara Schumann/ Puccini La Boheme.

In Class Quiz

Monday, December 15

Review for Listening Exam 6 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, December 16
Final Examination
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Cumulative Final and Listening Exam


Professor Cliff Leaman’s Guidelines for writing a review of a Musical Event

When writing a review of a musical event, always remember that this is a subjective, personal opinion which may be agreed with or not by the reader. Your opinion of what happened is the most important aspect of the review. As a part of the review, however, you need to keep in mind that your readers may not have been at the concert. Because of this you will need to mention certain basic information as a part of the review.

1. Who plays -- Mention the performers by name if there are less than 6-8, and mention the type of group which is playing. If they have some professional name (ie. The Greenville Symphony Orchestra, The Canadian Brass, etc.) be sure to include this name as well. Most reviews also include a mention of the date, time, and place of the performance. If there is a large group playing such as an orchestra, mention only those performers who have important solos within the pieces and the conductor.

Always comment on the overall quality of the performance including specific examples of what you heard.

2. What was performed -- List each piece performed and discuss it from the standpoint of both the quality of the piece itself and the quality of the performance. Include all of the vital information needed to identify exactly what piece was performed.

Usually the manner in which it is listed in the program will suffice. DO NOT, however, list the entire program as the opening of your review. List each work and discuss it immediately. Be sure to list any changes to the program or encores played.

3. Include background information -- Some background information can help the reader to understand the program better, but do not go overboard on this aspect. Any background information should be brief and should not take up more than 10 percent of the total paper.

4. Tell the reader whether or not you liked the concert. This is the single most important aspect of a review. Was the program worth hearing? Did you like the pieces chosen, the performance, both, or neither? Please explain as specifically as possible what you did or did not like about the performance. This is the most subjective area of the review and should be the bulk of what you say. You may be critical, but try not to get personal. DO NOT use the word "boring."

5. Refer to performers by full name the first time, and thereafter by last name only. Do not personalize your relationship by referring to Dr. Billy Taylor as "Billy," even if you know him quite well. It should be Dr. Billy Taylor the first time, and "Dr. Taylor" or "Taylor" from that point on.

You may keep notes during the performance, but take in only a small note pad, or write your impressions on the program. It is not appropriate to discuss what you are hearing with anyone during the concert. You may discuss your impressions with your friends afterward, but write your own review. Also, do not enter or leave the auditorium at any time during a performance except in cases of emergency. In all cases you should try to enter or leave during a silence between movements or at the end of a piece. Most of all, have fun and enjoy the concert.


Listening Exam Information

Pieces to be Included on the Listening Final: Please List Genre or Form (sonata, oratorio, cantata symphony, etude etc) the name of piece and name of the composer for each example. Nota bene. They will be played
in random order –not chronological and you will have to identify the piece within the first 2-3 minutes of the piece..

Hildegard von Bingen: O Successores

Guillaume de Machaut “Notre Dame Mass” (mass)

Josquin Desprez “Ave Maria” (motet)

Weelkes, As Vesta Was Descending (madrigal)

Henry Purcell, "When I am Laid in Earth" from Dido and Aeneas (opera aria over a gound bass)

Johann Sebastian Bach. Cantata #140 “Wachet Auf, Ruft uns die Stimme” 4th Movement (Cantata genre)

Johann Sebastian Bach. Brandenburg Concerto #5 in D major (Concerto Grosso)

George Frideric Handel “Messiah” --Hallelujah Chorus (Oratorio)

Antonio Vivaldi “Spring” from “Four Seasons” (Concerto)

Franz Joseph Haydn, “Symphony #94 in G major” (The Surprise Symphony) 2nd movements (variation form)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Don Giovanni (Selections from Act 1) (opera)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony # 40 in G minor (symphony/sonata form)

Ludwig van Beethoven. “Symphony #5 in C minor”. Movement One (symphony/sonata form)

Ludwig van Beethoven. String Quartet in c minor. (Mvt 4) (rondo form)

Franz Schubert: “Der Erlkonig” (The Erlking) (lied)

Clara Schumann “Romance” in G minor (Romance for violin and piano)

Frederic Chopin “Revolutionary Etude in c minor” (Etude)

Hector Berlioz “Symphonie Fantastique” “March to the Scaffold (mvt 4) (programmatic symphony)

Bedrich Smetana. “The Moldau” (symphonic poem)

Giacomo Puccini “La Boheme” (selections from act 1) (Opera-verismo)


Extra Credit may be obtained by attendance at any of the FREE Wednesday concerts on Campus
Location: Mallery Room: Time 12 noon-1:00

October 8, William Carr, pianist
October 15th Seraphim String Quartet
October 22nd "Unseam'd Shakespeare" - Dr. Baird and Richard Store, Lute
October 29th Rieko Aizawa, piano--Sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven
November 5 Mark Kramer--jazz piano, bass and drums
November 12 11:40- 2:20 Madrigal Festival
November 12 NOON--Music of G.F. Handel Philomel Baroque and Arco Argento
November 19 Seraphim Quartet

Last updated November 24, 2003