Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fugue - A rich polyphonic composition consisting of a series of successive melody imitations.

These are two great examples of Fugues by J.S. Bach. Notice on the second video the lined interpretation of the musical performance!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Is it Baroque - or Broke?

Watch this (exciting) video that details the characteristics of word-painting in the Italian madrigal -

Listen to the first third of Claudio Monteverdi's Orfeo. Click here to read more about Orfeo, the ancient Greek tragedy about Orpheus's decent into Hell!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Unit 2 - The Beginnings of Western Music!

- Listen to Hildegard von Bingen: O Pastor Pnimarum (plainchant) and then to Michael Praetorius: Two Dance Clusters from Terpsichore. Write 3-4 paragraphs comparing and contrasting these two early works in Western Music. Who was Hildegard von Bingen and who was Michael Praetorius? When did they live and what was the purpose of the music that they wrote?
Due: Fridat March 25, 2011! (First Grade of 4th Quarter)

How to love Classical Music-

Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it -- and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.

Friday, March 18, 2011

A Different Way to listen?

Ms. Glennie's Web-Site
Embed this video to your blog and write 2-3 paragraphs of your reaction to her talk on listening. Be sure to keep in mind that Ms. Glennie has been fully deaf since she was 12 years old.

Due: March 22, 2011!