MUSIC 3134: Choral Music Literature
Index #93795--Fall Semester 2001--Prof. John R. Howell
12:20-1:10 pm--Squires 162

 


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Thinkwork Assignments

Assignment 1
Assignment 2
Assignment 3
Assignment 4
Assignment 5

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Assignment 1

When due: 1st draft Wed Aug 23; final draft one week after you get the 1st draft back.

What form: On paper, brief written report, 2 or 3 paragraphs, not more than 2 pages following the format for written work. Be prepared to discuss in class and turn in paper at the end of class. You may work on this assignment with one other class member if you wish.

Specifics: Develop comprehensive definitions of "choral," "chorus," and "choir." Also look up "Glee Club." Consult the textbook, at least one music-specific dictionary or encyclopedia, and at least one general encyclopedia. How are these words used today? Are there any terms that can be used for any and every historical period?

Scoring: Automatic 20 points for completing the first draft. Automatic 30 additional points for completing the final draft. (This counts toward the Writing Intensive requirement.)

Assignment 2

When due: 1st draft Wed Sep 6; final draft one week after you get the 1st draft back

What form: Written, brief (1 or 2 paragraphs, 2 pages maximum), following the format for written work. You may work on this assignment with one other class member if you wish.

Specifics: There is often a choice between performing choral (or solo vocal) music in the original language or in the language of the audience/congregation. Detail the arguments for each option. Explain the factors that would cause you to decide one way or the other in different situations. Do not take one side, but explain why there is no single answer that is always right.

Scoring: Automatic 20 ponts for completing the first draft. Automatic 30 additional points for completing the final draft. (This counts toward the Writing Intensive requirement.)

 

Assignment 3

When due: 1st draft Wed Sep 27; final draft one week after you get the 1st draft back.

What form: Written, moderate length (3 or 4 pages maximum), following the format for written work. You should complete this assignment individually.

Specifics: As you have learned, it is not always possible to say absolutely that a work was "intended" for choral or chamber performance, or that a work "should be done" in choral or chamber performance. Explain the criteria that you will use in the future to make such decisions, balancing the original "intent" of the composer with the needs of a modern choral or vocal chamber ensemble.

Scoring: Automatic 20 ponts for completing the first draft. Automatic 30 additional points for completing the final draft. (This counts toward the Writing Intensive requirement.)

Assignment 4

When due: 1st draft Wed Oct 11; final draft one week after you get the 1st draft back.

What form: Written, brief (1 long or 2 short paragraphs), following the format for written work. You should complete this assignment individually.

Specifics: Select a specific piece and write program notes for it. It need not be a choral piece, but it may be, and it may be a piece that your choral ensemble is preparing. If you or a friend have a recital coming up, pick something with a practical use. Research the composer, the type of piece, and the specific piece. Reduce the amount of information to the minimum needed to inform the reader. Present that information as briefly and as clearly as possible.

Scoring: Automatic 20 ponts for completing the first draft. Automatic 30 additional points for completing the final draft. (This counts toward the Writing Intensive requirement.)

Assignment 5

When due: 1st draft Wed Nov 1; final draft one week after you get the 1st draft back.

What form: Written paper sufficiently long to cover the subject, following the format for written work. You should complete this assignment individually.

Specifics: Select a specific single-movement choral piece from the Robinson Anthology. It may be from any style period. Prepare a conductor's analysis of that piece, using the theoretical tools appropriate to that style period. Include preliminary background material (source of text, when set to music and for what purpose, place in the composer's overall works). Next, provide a written description of the piece including sectionalization, use of contrasting textures, use of instruments, harmonic language (and structure), melodic type(s), and any other pertinent information. Finally, prepare a graphic analysis in the form of a conductor's memorization chart showing overall form and form for each specific section of the work. A copy of the score with analysis marked on it may be included but is not required.

Scoring: Automatic 40 ponts for completing the first draft. Automatic 60 additional points for completing the final draft. (This counts toward the Writing Intensive requirement.)


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