Listening Journal 7

Write at least 200 words explaining what you hear for all the artistic musical performances. This journal entry should explain your understanding concerning each piece listened to, so comment on what you hear, how it associates with the video lectures and/or corresponding readings from the assignment text, your impression of what you hear, any of the questions listed to encourage deeper thought you feel appropriate, etc. Musical terminology gained from the vocabulary assignments are appropriate and expected to be used in the appropriate fashion, as well as the use of complete sentences, correct grammar, spell check, and other tools at your disposal, including proper use of valuable information in the accompanying descriptions. *I want to see evidence in your reports that the clips were viewed and the descriptions were read.* Listed here are some basic ideas on what to include in your journals to help get you started:

Example ONE: Originally written for 3 violins and continuo, the ‘Canon in D Major’ by Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706) remains one of the most recognizable Baroque works in the modern era. Think back to the Renaissance chapter regarding the definition of a canon, and though the technique is not used as extensively as in the previous era (a result of the homophonic influence in opera), polyphonic techniques such as this make an incredible resurgence during the Late Baroque. The organ is considered the ‘king of instruments’ because of it’s power and numerous sound possibilities, and as such perhaps fitting that the canon is here played on the organ since Pachelbel was a tremendously skilled organist as well as one of the most influential German composers in his time. HD Canon in D major – Pachelbel – Organ Solo John Hong – 파헬벨 캐논 (Links to an external site.)HD Canon in D major - Pachelbel - Organ Solo John Hong - 파헬벨 캐논

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) is one of the ‘big three’ names of Baroque music. Watch the following mini-biography: (Links to an external site.)He is most remembered as a prolific composer of concertos. The Baroque concerto features a flashy soloist (or small group of soloists in a concerto grosso) in opposition to a large group relegated to playing the same material over and over. Usually in 3 movements also of alternating character (fast-slow-fast), the alternation between full orchestra (tutti) and the soloist sets up the ritornello form. Vivaldi composed a series of 4 concerti for solo violin that became known as the ‘Four Seasons’ due to their association with poetic description. The first movement (of 3) in his ‘Spring’ concerto has the soloist imitating bird calls, flowing streams swollen with snow melt as well as a thunderstorm. See if you can identify these motifs when he plays them…
Spring – Nigel Kennedy (Links to an external site.)Spring - Nigel Kennedy

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