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Music History II Week 2 Notes

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Music History II Week 2 Notes MUTH 25600

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These are the notes for Week 2 (February 1-5).
History and Literature of Music II
Dr. Mark A. Radice
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Date Created: 02/07/16
pp. 494-498 Song and Church Music -secular vocal chamber music was the choice of music for smaller (non-public) gatherings -the church still had an important influence on music, but followed secular music Song -amateur composition was becoming more and more popular -songs had keyboard accompaniment, simple, syllabic, step-wise, strophic design -domestic religious music with different types of secular music coming up regionally -France - romance -Britain - ballad -German - lied -lied - German song, had a special importance -instruments should emulate the voice, songs were simple/expressive -melody was easy to sing and the accompaniment simply followed the melody -popular style with composers like Telemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Carl Heinrich Graun -all of these types of song were very direct and simple -still very important to musical life and into 19th century Church Music -church music during this time focused on tradition rather than new styles -Catholic composers followed styles in opera -orchestral accompaniment, da capo arias, etc. -Italian oratorios became very important, similar to operatic style -Catholic church music also influenced by symphony forms of 17th century -Pergolesi composed Stabat mater -setting of a poem about Jesus’ crucifixion -very similar to his La serva padrona -in Lutheran church hymns were put in galant style -English church music continued to follow baroque styles -followed traditional genres of Anglican music -Calvinists sang in strict meter, song was encouraged -several were trained to sing and everyone was encouraged to learn -William Billings- prominent composer in New England colonies -The Continental Harmony, 1794 -early works were plain tunes but later he started writing fuging tunes -Billings did not follow the strict counterpoint of Europe, created his own style which was seen in his works Opera and the New Language -new styles from this time mainly were meant to influence vocal music, but this in turn affected the instrumental style pp. 499-508 Chapter 22 - Instrumental Music: Sonata, Symphony, and Concerto Instruments and Ensembles -music was written/played for the enjoyment of the players -pianoforte and the piano became very popular -more so than the harpsichord and the clavichord -piano was invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori - hammers hit string and then drop away which allows for control over reverberation and also volume control -2 popular types of piano were the grand piano are the square piano -these pianos are often referred to as fortepianos to distinguish from 19th century models -domestic music frequently featured the piano as women were expected to have a high musical skill on the keyboard -chamber music became popular for string quartet - 2 violins, viola, cello -first violin often had melody, but there were measures of all equal significance (concertante) -clarinet was invented and became a standard in the wind ensemble -wind instruments tended to be left to professional musicians -orchestras were much smaller in size, only about 25 -basso continuo gradually pushed out -violin became concertmaster -wind instruments were still not used as much Genres and Forms -symphony became an important style in the Classic period -three movements: fast, slow, fast -middle movement was often in a different key -minuets were later added after the second movement -late 18th century developed the standard we know today: 3 movement sonatas, 4 movement string quartets, 4 movement symphonies -old Baroque style pieces generally followed the new galant style -common for composers to write in major keys for easy listening with the minor key for instability Binary Forms -binary form - 2 sections, originally form for dances -first moves to usually dominant key -second moves back to tonic -simple: ll: A :ll ll: B :ll -balanced: ll: A B :ll: A B :ll or ll: A B :ll: X B :ll -contrast between tonic and dominant key -rounded: ll: A B :ll: X A B :ll -X - modulation -strong sense of closure Sonata Form -sonata form - common form for first movement of sonata, chamber work, or symphony -Heinrich Christoph Koch - Introductory Essay on Composition -sonata form: expanded binary form -2 large, repeated sections -first goes from tonic to dominant, 1 period -second returns to tonic, 2 periods -symphonies have longer more flowing melodies while sonatas and chamber works are much shorter and separated -set of guidelines -binary form -3 movements -exposition - first them in tonic with transition to closely related key, second theme in new key -development - these from exposition are reworked, works back to tonic -recapitulation - exposition is repeated, but with all themes in tonic key -may be a coda -Koch’s principles followed works of Haydn and Mozart, but later became less important as movements grew longer Other Forms -slow-movement sonata form - no repeats, no period in second section -variations form - small binary form as theme -minuet and trio form - two binary form minuets, ABA style -rondo form - small binary form that alternates with other periods (episodes) with modulation between episodes pp. 508-518 Keyboard Music -many amateur musicians played the keyboard and increased the desire for keyboard music -sonatas were considered the most difficult -Domenico Scarlatti - published harpsichord sonatas (Essercizi) -worked in Madrid for the majority of career, not well known throughout Europe -about 555 sonatas written -sonatas are paired with one in the same key, but with other contrasts -used balanced binary: ll: A B C :ll: D B C :ll I V v V V I i I -harmonic scheme is extremely important and is written with texture in mind -compositions are stand alone because of their figuration -Ludovico Giustini published first sonatas written for piano - 12 Sonate de cembalo di piano e forte -Domenico Alberti - famous for Alberti bass, composed keyboard sonatas in galant style -Baldassare Galuppi - virtuoso harpsichordist, composed keyboard sonatas -Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach - wrote a multitude of music in a variety of styles, court of Frederick the Great, music director of 5 churches, Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments -favored the clavichord, but his later works were for piano -Prussian and Württemberg sonatas showed a new style of writing for keyboard and had a great influence -established the three movement sonata form -showed expressiveness outside of baroque style -utilized galant style (important melody, clear sections, frequent cadences, little accompaniment) -slow movements showed off empfindsam style (musical individuality and expressive intensity) -ex. NAWM 114 Sech Clavier-Sonaten für Kenner und Liebhaber - IV, second movement Orchestral Music -symphony - work of 3-4 movements, homophonic -symphony had Italian origins in the sinfonia, orchestral concertos, church sonatas, and orchestral suites -early symphonies were composed in northern Italy -Giovanni Battista Sammartini - Symphony in F Major, No. 32 -3 short movements: fast slow fast -symphony style spread from Italy to other places throughout Europe, especially important in Mannheim -Mannheim was an extremely renowned orchestra, played works of Johann Stamitz -used standard symphony style: 4 movements, minuet/trio as third movement, fast fourth movement -first to use completely contrasting theme in modulating key -ex. NAWM 116 - Sinfonia in Eb Major -in Vienna Georg Christoph Wagenseil was an important composer of symphonies -three movements, contrasting themes in first movement -in Paris François-Joseph Gossec was important in composing symphonies, string quartets, and comic operas -symphonie concertante - concerto-like composition with 2+ soloists with a regular orchestra -allowed composers to show off their abilities in public, attract students, and encourage sales of their publications Concerto -became popular style for virtuosos -piano concertos became popular due to Johann Christian Bach -wrote a variety of genres, music was mainly in galant style -typically 3 movements: fast slow fast -first movement had a unique design -similar to ritornello design: parts of soloists with orchestra and modulation -three solo sections enclosed with four orchestral ritornellos -NAWM 117 - Johann Christian Bach, Concerto for Harpsichord or Piano and Strings in Eb Major, Op. 7, No. 5 -became tradition for the soloist to play a cadenza Entertainment Music -some music was written for background music (ex. during a meal, social occasion, etc.) The Singing Instrument -instrumental music was still designed to follow vocal style -melody was important -please wide audience


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