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FINAL EXAM CHOICES:
ALL FINAL EXAMS ARE DUE BY FRIDAY, JUNE 8TH IN CLASS
CHOICE #1: MULTIPLE CHOICE TEST
CHOICE #2: A ROUNDED BINARY OR TERNARY COMPOSITION FOR PIANO AN SOLO INSTRUMENT CONTAINING: ALL TYPES OF TRIADS, ALL TYPES OF 7TH CHORDS, A GERMAN, FRENCH OR ITALIAN 6TH, A NEAPOLITAN, SECONDARY DOMINANTS.
TRADITIONAL FORM STRUCTURE SHOULD BE FOLLOWED (I.E., 4-8 BAR PHRASES, A THEME IN TONIC, B THEME IN DOMINANT, RETURN TO TONIC). 32 BAR MINIMUM. INCLUDE RNA AND MACRO ON SCORE. NO HANDWRITTEN SCORES.
CHOICE #3: A COMPLETE ANALYSIS OF A SHORT PIANO PIECE ACCOMPANIED BY A PAPER EXPLAINING THE ANALYSIS IN PROSE FORM. ANALYSIS SHOULD INCLUDE FORM, RNA, MACRO, NON CHORD TONES, PHRASES, SEQUENCES, TEXTURE AND MODULATIONS.
CHOICE #4: A SCHOLARLY RESEARCH PAPER ON A MASTERPIECE COMPOSITION INCLUDING COMPOSER BACKGROUND, HISTORICAL CONTEXT, COMPOSITIONAL BACKGROUND, COMPOSITIONAL DETAILS, IMPACT OF PIECE AND BIBLIOGRAPHY WITH 5+ SOURCES (3 NON-INTERNET)
THE FINAL EXAM CAN COUNT TOWARDS YOUR GRADE IN POINTS (300) OR WHATEVER GRADE YOU GET ON THE EXAM CAN BE YOUR GRADE IN THE CLASS.
DUE FRIDAY: LECTURE 28: THE PLANETS!!!
7.1 Choose three variation techniques and create a composition based on the Russian Folk Song.
7.3 List what variation techniques are being used for each example on a seperate sheet.
theory ch 7
DUE WED: Complete chorale bass part (on board)
DUE FRI: Lecture #23 Mahler 5
DUE MON: AP Practice Test 42-75 Times (35 min) and #5,6 and 7 in the back
BACH 2-PART INVENTIONS:
Listen to all 15 and follow along in the sheet music:
Then, analyze the invention in the book (Assignment 2.1), labelling motives, countermotives, sequences, cadences and free material as well as key centers
Lastly, compose a 2-part invention using music notation software. This is due MARCH 7th.
*Lecture Notes 21 & 22
*Read Ch. 1, Volume II
Music in Theory & Practice Volume II
*Listen to Renaissance Playlist (will have 10 songs)
*Kyrie composition: on a piece of staff paper, compose an eight measure imitative counterpoint in the Renaissance style using two voices and the lyrics “Ky-ri-e E-lei-son”. HINT: use 5th species counterpoint and what you learn in the chapter.
AP Practice Test questions 64-71
Ch16 and 17
HOMEWORK FOR WINTER BREAK:
Ch 11-13 Take Home Test (100 PTS)
Lectures #14 & #15: Brahms Symphony No. 4 & Violin Concerto (20 PTS)
Ch. 14 Project (50 PTS): Compose an 8 measure melody in 4/4 time containing two 4-bar phrases that form a parallel period. Then harmonize the melody by assigning chords and writing out a left hand piano accompaniment. The chord progression MUST contain at least one secondary dominant and at least three 7th chords (dominant, minor, major, half dim, fully dim). Do a complete Roman numeral and Macro analysis of your progression. You will be graded on each of these elements as well as the neatness of your score. You may want to start by writing the chord progression and then coming up with a melody.
Extra Credit (50PTS): Turn in the analysis packet COMPLETE by the first day of class in January
Extra Extra Credit (25 PTS): Listen to music over the break and identify 5 songs that use secondary dominants. Write out the chord progressions to the section of each song that uses the secondary dominants and analyze with Roman numerals.
DUE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15:
Homework, Ch. 13:
13.1 – 13.3 AS MANY AS YOU NEED FOR PRACTICE
Homework, Ch. 14:
14.4 #1 and #7
DUE MONDAY, DECEMBER 4:
Homework, Ch. 11:
analysis packet due after winter break for 50 XP
DUE THURSDAY, NOV 9:
Homework Ch. 9:
9.1 #3, 5, and 7
DUE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25:
Homework Ch. 8:
8.3 #3 and #4
Lecture #9 Beethoven Piano Concerto
DUE MONDAY, OCTOBER 16:
Lecture #6 AND #7 (Mozart Piano Concerto and Symphony #41)
Homework Ch. 7:
7.1 #3, 5, 7 and 9
7.2 #2, 4, 6 and 8
DOWNLOAD CH 7 & 8 HERE: Ch 7-8
DUE WEDNESDAY, October 11:
Lecture #6 notes (Mozart Piano Concerto)
DUE MONDAY, October 2:
Lecture #5 notes (Haydn Symphony)
DUE MONDAY, September 25:
Lecture #3 notes (Bach Brandenburg Concerto)
4.1: As many as you need to do
4.2: As many as you need to do
4.3: Pick 3
We will work on 4.8 in class on Monday
Download Textbook Appendix F for transposition info:
Music in Theory and Practice Appendix F
Download textbook Chapters 4-6:
Music in Theory and Practice Chapter 4-6
Homework DUE Wednesday, September 13:
3.1 #1-3, #11-13
3.2 #1-3, #11-13
3.3 #1-3, #11-13
3.10 #2-10 EVEN
3.11 Pick one line
3.12 Line #1
3.13 Pick from the following three groups of instruments:
a. Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax
b. 2 Violins, Viola, Cello or Bass
c. 2 Alto Sax, Trumpet, Tenor Sax
Transpose the String Quartet for each instrument. Put each part on a different piece of staff paper so we can play them in class.
Homework DUE Friday, September 8:
Writing Assignment DUE Wednesday, September 6:
In 250 words or more, tell me who your favorite composer is. Why do you like this particular composer? What about his or her music moves you? Give an example of one of the composer’s pieces that particularly stands out for you.
Homework DUE Friday, September 1:
1.2 #4 ONLY
1.8 ODD (Staff Paper Needed)
Please download Chapters 1-3 of our textbook:
Music in Theory and Practice Ch 1-3