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Music and the Media, Week Three Notes

by: Kaitlyn Gendron

Music and the Media, Week Three Notes MUNM-25100

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These notes cover what was discussed during the in-class lecture as well as the readings that were assigned for homework during week three of class.
Music and the Media
Dr. Peter Rothbart
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Music, Media, Music in Film, Music in Television
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Kaitlyn Gendron on Thursday February 18, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to MUNM-25100 at Ithaca College taught by Dr. Peter Rothbart in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 15 views. For similar materials see Music and the Media in Music at Ithaca College.


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Date Created: 02/18/16
Music and The Media Notes Week Three Vocab Motif/Leitmotif- A short, recognizable musical idea Notes on Reading “What to Listen for in Music” Copland Ch. 7-8 Tone Color- The quality of sound produced by a particular medium of musical tone production o Tone Color is also referred to as timbre  Timbre in music is equivalent to the use of color in painting The intelligent listener should have two main objectives in relation to tone color o 1.) To sharpen his/her awareness of different instruments and their separate tonal characteristics o 2.) To gain a better appreciation of the composer’s expressive purpose in using any instrument or combination of instruments Composers choose instruments for their pieces to be played on which best expresses the meaning behind their idea o Difficulties in execution must be kept in mind by the composer because whatever instrument they choose must be able to preform in the appropriate range of the work The ‘Principal’ Single Tone Color Instruments Used in Music The four principal string instruments are: o 1.) Violin o 2.) Viola o 3.) Cello o 4.) Double Bass The four principal woodwind instruments are: o 1.) Flute o 2.) Oboe o 3.) Clarinet o 4.) Bassoon The four principal brass instruments are: o 1.) French Horn o 2.) Trumpet o 3.) Trombone o 4.) Tuba Percussion- has no definite pitch Its main purposes in music are to: o 1.) Sharpen rhythmic effects o 2.) Dramatically heighten the sense of the climax o 3.) Add color to the other instruments Musical Texture There are three kinds of musical texture: o 1.) Monophonic- A single, unaccompanied melodic line (no harmony)  ex. Gregorian Chant o 2.) Homophonic- A principal melodic line and a chordal accompaniment o 3.) Polyphonic- Separate and independent melodic strands coming together and forming harmonies  Makes greater demands on the attention of the listener  It requires that we listen in a more linear fashion


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