Lyrics assignment [middle of the term]
Groove v. flexible tempo, pop v.
classical: Greg Sandow
Notes on language & music and contrasts between popular and classical music
Song forms – descriptions of common song forms to help you analyze your song project.
Text painting – examples of the variety of relationships between words & music.
Notes on melody – help in analyzing the melody of your song for your analysis project
CONCERT REPORT date due 3 May, 2010.
Concerts are listed on the syllabus. Alternatives need to be approved in advance via email. Possibilities may be found at the following links:
Many good choices at Stanford University listed on their music department’s calendar.
The San Francisco Symphony website is worth exploring, and it lists their concerts.
Tips on Taking Notes During a Piece of Music when in class.
Harmony (blues and other chord progressions) and form is demonstrated here.
A critic reflects on the live concert experience, authenticity, and rock.
A discussion of excessive compression on CDs.
Douglas Wolk explains why people like to use the device: "Compression is like salt: a little of it makes everything sound better. Compressed voices sound more authoritative; compressed instruments sound more precise and energetic. Done properly, it gives sound more oomph." But: "Making CDs very loud means that you can't do much else with them. When a recording is ultra-maximized, its dynamic range is severely limited, and it loses what's called 'headroom' — the amount by which a recording can get louder than it is, the sound-engineering equivalent of available space. Without headroom, the entire recording starts turning into one dense, undifferentiated clump of sound." posted on Alex Ross’s blog.
Steve Reich @ 70 website has excellent clips and info on this composer.
Classical (and Post-Classical) music blogs of interest
by a critic who ventured into punk and other sorts of rock but ultimately returned to writing about classical music for the New Yorker magazine, Alex Ross: The Rest is Noise
by a composer/critic Greg Sandow,
who thinks the classical music world currently is like the
by a composer/critic rather positive or at least indifferent about the “death of classical music,” as long as Post-Classical music rises to replace it, Kyle Gann: Post-Classic
great insights into what it feels like to be a thinking and working musician:
by a pianist based in
by a classical singer in
It is not easy to determine the nature of music, or why anyone should have a knowledge of it.
rev. Jan 2010
Spring 2009 Spring 2009 Class Notes.
Spring 2008 THE CLASS JOURNAL
Spring 2008 Final Exam due by e-mail or hard copy on Tuesday, 27 May at NOON.
Guidance for Your Music Analysis Project
Step One – select a song, write a few thoughts about why it might be a good song to analyze;
write out the lyrics and, based on the
lyrics, make a chart of the form of the song.
This is a first draft and may be handwritten. .
Step Two – meet with me (5-10 minutes) before presentations start.
Step 3 – Data Collection & Observations (.doc format) Detailed basic analysis –
Step 4 Interpretation (paper) and Step 5 Presentation (guidelines in .doc format).
Fall 2007 class journal
Final exam Fall 2007 (.doc format)
Spring 2007 class journal
FINAL EXAM SPRING 2007 (.doc format; includes the following live links)
Website on Steve Reich for question #3
Dudamel Beethoven audio example website for question #4. Click “track listing” and then click the 1st track.
Levitin/Byrne discussion for question #7
Outline of second half of the course, Fall 2006, on classical and post-classical music issues
FINAL EXAM for FALL 2006.