Week 5 – September 29, 2010

| October 3, 2010

We began the class by discussing people’s reactions to listening to the two different genres. For some members of the class, rap served as the backdrop to parts of their lives and had an almost transporting quality. Many stated that they better understood how the two genres, rap and recitative, could be compared. There was a lot of discussion about the storytelling aspects of both genres and how some rappers even chose to take on characters with creative names that served to create a persistent identity for these characters. Others were very impressed with the vocal technique needed to rap.

Here are some of the things people listened to during the past week:
Sir Mix-A-Lot, Blackstreet, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, Run DMC, Beastie Boys, Tupac, Eminem, LL Cool J, Grandmaster Flash, and Big Daddy Kane.
Don Giovanni, the Messiah,  Rinaldo, the Marriage of Figaro, and various works by J. S. Bach.

We then listened to “Thy Hand, Belinda / When I Am Laid In Earth” from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas on Naxos Music Library; you can find this by searching that database as well. Afterwards we moved onto student compositions.

Stephanie S.
— Outer and inner dialogue describing feelings at a wedding
— Thematic content was telling a story that was not her own but still a true occurrence
Ji Hye
— Very powerful message, similar to message-themed raps she listened to
— Complexity of notating rap rhythms
— Audience participation; very circular lyrics to go along with the feeling of being dizzy
— Carrying over of the rhythm over the bar, corresponding with the intensity as the story builds

To end the class (the other people will go next week), Dr. Pogonowski introduced the Prelude and asked Lindsay to play it on the piano while the rest of the class picked one of the five voices and followed it along, humming at first, throughout two cadences. The second time, everyone was asked to pick a different pitch and follow the Prelude for the same amount of musical time.

Analyze the piece up until the C in the second cadence.