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Unit 1 Class Notes

by: Esmeralda Winland

Unit 1 Class Notes MUS 15

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These notes are from Unit 1 and include notes from the first 2 days of class. Hope this helps!
Music Appreciation
Matthew Roy
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Music, Corelli, Italianopera, music15, UCSB




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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Esmeralda Winland on Friday October 7, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to MUS 15 at University of California Santa Barbara taught by Matthew Roy in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 213 views. For similar materials see Music Appreciation in Music at University of California Santa Barbara.

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Date Created: 10/07/16
Unit 1:Patronage, Power, and the Performance of Prestige ● Things to consider: ○  Why was it written?  ○ Who is the Audience? ○  Who paid to have it written/performed?  ○ What is the purpose?  ○ What can we learn about the time period and composer? Setting: Late 17th/ Early 18th Century in Rome ● There was a pope who was the leader of Europe Catholic Church members ● Pope was the ruler but the papacy elected ● Powerful people included cardinals, italian families, and foreign dignities Patronage in the 17 Century ● The nobel upper class and those with prestige  ● Performed prestige and displayed their wealth ● It was NOT a generable public ● There was Aristocratic support of the Arts because it illustrates your high social status (show off) ● Commision art to build image/status/alliances The “Modern” Orchestra ● Before → split into choirs (1 person per part) ● Orchestra later → massed group with multiple string players per part with a predominance of the  violin family Corelli 1653­1713 ● Leader, gifted violinist, and Italian composer ● Extremely talented because he could compose music, lead an orchestra, and also play in the  orchestra → not everyone was as talented ● Only composed instrumental works → no vocals ● Gained popularity based off supply and demand of Italian Opera ● Rome had a high demand of Instrumental music ● Patronage for Pamphili & Ottoboni (Nephew of Pope Alexander VIII) → looks good Palazzo della Cancelleria ● Place to play ● Every large performance was led by Corelli ● Corelli as an orchestra leader  Connecting the Dots ● Spectacle and Power → Corelli and 80 Musicians ● Rise of Orchestra was dependent on social, cultural, and historic background → many patrons  competing for power  ● Corelli as cultural capital and currency → he is worth something & made a name for himself  through his talent→ high status and high quality


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