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Music History II - Week 1 Notes

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Music History II - Week 1 Notes MUTH 25600

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These notes cover Week 1 (January 25-29). They follow the outline set by the textbook.
History and Literature of Music II
Dr. Mark A. Radice
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Music History




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Date Created: 01/31/16
pp. 462-476 Chapter 20 - Musical Taste and Style in the Enlightenment -in the 1720s a style known as the galant style became prevalent alongside a variety of other distinct musical styles -featured periodic melodies with light accompaniment -became popular because it was able to be appreciated by a wide audience Europe in the Enlightenment -Europe consisted largely of dominant, powerful states with large militaries (ex. France, Britain, Prussia, etc.) -populations grew rapidly throughout Europe/North America due to advancements in agriculture -economy grew with population as trade/manufacturing fields developed -while the poor remained at the bottom of the social ladder, the middle class made gains as the aristocracy declined in significance -1700’s were a cosmopolitan age - marriages amongst powerful families of different states brought foreign-born rulers to a multitude of countries -international music style developed -brought together the best parts of each country’s individual style -nationalistic style was already beginning to form though -specifically through the popularity of opera in vernacular (as opposed to Italian) The Enlightenment -reason, nature, and progress - basis of the Enlightenment -from past scientific discovery, people believed they could solve many issues through reason -individuals had their own right and it was the government’s job to enhance the human state -people preferred doing what was right over following religious beliefs and worked for more equality than had ever been seen before -Enlightenment was led by several French thinkers known as philosophes -ex. Voltaire, Montesquieu, Rousseau -more concerned with social reform particularly with the disparities between social classes -these ideas were later reproduced in the writings of famous American historical documents such as the Declaration of Independence and Constitution -humanitarianism movement -rulers of absolute power attempted to use their power for the betterment of their subjects -led to the Freemasonry movement -secret order of the Masons -music expanded and more enjoyed learning it especially those from the growing middle class -changed the style of writing and subject matter of music -education and the arts became more for everyone and was attempted to become more accessible Social Roles for Music -musicians made a living increasingly from contributions from the public through public concerts and as teachers -amateur musicianship grew as more pursued music -music publishers made music specifically for this type of audience with easy to read and perform pieces -women were allowed to pursue amateur music, but were excluded from professional careers (aside from that as a singer) -children received lessons, particularly young girls -amateur musician groups began to form as more and more people pursued music -opened a whole new group for music publishers to market to -connoisseur became a common term to refer to the informed listener who pursued only the best musicians had to offer -the growth in concerts/concert attendance and amateur music making aided each other -as music became a popular subject the first universal texts describing the history of music were produced Music Taste and Style -many unique styles were around at the same time representing different tastes and countries -popular music of the time was that with a vocal melody apparent in short phrases with a minimal accompaniment -it was thought that the best music was that that was universal to everyone regardless of nationality or musical training -should be natural (not super technical), expressive, and entertaining -idea of naturalism directly related to foundations of the Enlightenment -musical taste at the time was thought to be directed by a person’s reasoning and rationality -break from the Baroque period to the Enlightenment was the creation of music for the enjoyment of listener’s and the audience as opposed to music being created to praise/please God Terms for Styles: Galant, Empfindsam, and Classical -classical style - new style formed from the new values for music -galant - common term for the new style -French word that became used to describe everything modern -known as more songlike and freer, homophonic -melody was important and repetition was common -empfindsam style - unpredictable changes of harmony, chromaticism, rhythms -more speech-like melody -associated with Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s fantasias and slow movements -classical music - very ambiguous term because of classics from greats like Mozart, Handel, and Bach that formed the foundation of what music was -following these composers the expansion of the style/repertoire came to be included under this broad term -Classic period (1730-1815) -classical music is an extremely general term and can describe all of the music within this period Melody, Harmony, Texture, and Form -newer types of music had periodicity - frequent resting points break the melodic flow into distinct section that relate as part of a larger work -musical phrases were expressed in short phrases (2-4 measures) -2 or more phrases formed a period - complete musical thought ending in a cadence -composition has 2 or more periods in succession -started utilizing terms to describe this new musical style from rhetoric -comparing musical ideas to speech -Versuch einer Anleitung zur Composition, 3 volumes by Heinrich Christoph Koch in 1782, 1787, and 1793 - several treatises to learn how to compose -utilized idea of relating musical ideas to speech -division of melody into segments is supported by harmony -ex. does not just have to be 2 or 4 measure phrases -weaker cadences are used internal while strong cadences are used as ending points -basic harmonic motion followed I - V - I pattern -music changes less throughout than baroque music -compensated with pulsing chords/other rhythms such as Alberti bass - breaks chords into repeating pattern of short notes, named after Domenico Alberti -music had clear section for beginning, middle, and end Emotional Contrasts -new understandings of the human body made people come to the realization that a person’s emotional state was constantly change -this had a direct effect on musical styles - expressed as contrasts throughout pieces The Enduring Enlightenment -much of what we think of music today can be traced back to ideas formed during the Enlightenment -styles, reasons for composition pp. 477-493 Chapter 21 - Opera and Vocal Music in the Early Classic Period -much of the Classic era music can be traced to Italian opera which divided into two distinct types during this type -comic and serious opera -comic opera was less founded in tradition and was open to more musical change so much of the new elements in music were developed through this type -still changes in both though -styles of comic opera spread throughout Europe (France, England, etc.) and appeared to the public with simple/direct musical expression -serious opera had changes more in the introduction of Enlightenment ideals from composers of the time -church music also changed during this time though an integration of the old and new styles Italian Comic Opera -an renewed interest for opera and drama spread across Europe during the eighteenth century which led composers to exclude comical elements -this led to a new genre of opera in comic opera which experienced success to a larger audience Opera Buffa -opera buffa - comic opera -broad term that includes other forms including dramma giocoso, dramma comico, and commedia per musica -opera buffa featured a cast of about 6 singers and introduced the idea of singing throughout unlike other countries’ versions -plot appealed to a wider audience in that it was about average people of the time and played on the dramas and stereotypes of certain social classes -dialogue was extremely important and was typically accompanied by keyboard alone, -recitative was quick declamation -arias in comic opera are in galant style with short melodies that are often repeated -one of the first composers was Leonardo Vinci - Li site ‘ngalera -libretto in Neapolitan dialect -in da capo form -string ensemble accompaniment Intermezzo -short comic opera performed in between acts of serious opera -very contrasting from the main performance -plot included 2-3 people with alternating recitatives and arias -ex. Giovanni Battista Pergolesi - La serva padrona (1733) Later Comic Opera -ensemble finales began to appear in comic operas -ex. comic operas of Nicola Logroscino and Baldassare Galuppi -totally new type of music that had to follow action of the scene without falling apart musically -the elements of Italian comic opera (periods, easy to remember melodies, simple harmony, minimal accompaniment, and entertaining/comic plots) became important parts of music of the time and into the latter part of the 1700s Opera Seria -opera seria - serious opera -opera seria begun by Pietro Metastasio -began the standard form of opera seria -works tried to promote virtue and followed along with ideals of the Enlightenment -typically three acts of alternating recitatives and arias -recitatives would develop plot through dialogue -arias were used when a particular character was expressing their feelings -orchestra was not viewed as important but became increasingly more so The Aria -arias were most musically interesting portion of opera seria -the da capo form for the aria remained popular (ABA) 1) ritornello 2) vocal 3) contrasting B section, d.c. (often a different key for the B section) 4) repeat ritornello and vocal -arias began to reflect a variety of moods throughout as opposed to just one -Johann Adolf Hasse (1699-1783) -very famous opera seria composer -married acclaimed Italian soprano Faustian Bordoni -music reflected Italian style -many of his operas utilize Matastasio librettos/poetry Opera in Other Languages -comic opera was very popular internationally and took on different forms that depended upon the country -popularity of comic opera brought about two ideas: -singing should be clear/simple and easy to understand -growth of distinct national styles France -Paris became divided over those who enjoyed French opera and those who supported the Italian style -Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) supported Italian composers for their skill in writing melodies that were both expressive and simple -opera comique - French opera with spoken dialogue -spoken dialogue was used as opposed to recitative -eventually opera comique turned to serious plots to reflect issues leading up to/during the French Revolution England -ballad opera - English popular opera -spoken dialogue with songs set to popular tunes (ex. folk songs) -over time composers wrote their own music -most successful ballad opera was The Beggar’s Opera Germany and Austria -Singspiel - German comic opera with spoken dialogue and musical numbers -important in that it paved the way for German-language musical theater -ex. composers like Mozart Opera and the Public -all international were initially only supported by the middle and lower classes of society -encouraged the styles to change to fit the regional audience -middle-class public remains important in influencing musical change as the 18th century continues Opera Reform -as Italian opera developed it showed evidence of Enlightenment thought -more simple, but expressive and a more flexible structure -ensemble/choruses was used more to add to drama, orchestra was more important in portraying mood -two important composers in imposing this reform were Niccolò Jommelli (1714-1774) and Tommaso Traetta (1727-1779) -both worked at important courts in Italy and therefore influenced upper class Christoph Willibald Gluck -Gluck was very accomplished at many styles of opera -worked to make the overture more important and get rid of not simple to understand forms/ styles -ex. da capo aria, ornamental singers -Gluck also worked to change the general direction of opera to make it more natural -influenced by French tragédie lyrique -Gluck contributed to the opera scene by utilizing both solos and choruses, the orchestra, and ballet -became a model for future composers in opera, particularly in France


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