Week 6 – October 6, 2010

| October 10, 2010

This week we dove right into finishing up the rest of the rapitatives. Here’s a link to all of the pieces from this week.

Joey Boom Box
People enjoyed the name and the beats.

It was refreshing to hear the different timbre. The form made it sound like the rap was the aria when paired with the recitative.

Humor of the story coming through and the baseball cap was a nice touch.

Lisa Boombachs
Interesting going from spoken to singing and vice versa. The piano can be so helpful but also a crutch.

Reminiscent of Bone Thugs & Harmony, different way of hearing Christian music.

Clever rhyming, felt like there should be more to the music (just an introduction).

Very charming, innocent in the music, words, overall theme. Reminiscent of old musicals.

Almost like an introduction to her as a person (getting to know you).

Great beat (aviary.com), reminiscent of early rap with an almost urgent message.

Very rhythmic driving feel to the words.

To conclude: What did we learn about this kind of music?
— Storytelling is a huge part of the experience; helped to get to know people better
— Noticing more about rap
— Leveled the playing field because of the sharing of people’s lives
— Did away with stereotypes of rap that people had
— Possible applications for working with children (reminiscent of even jump rope songs)

To get back into the Prelude, Esther played the Prelude while everyone did the same singing exercise we did last week. We then repeated this a little faster. We then did it a third time without the piano to see how far we could get a cappella.

We then began to look at non-harmonic tones now (a tone that doesn’t fit into the chord with which it is being played) in order to prepare for the upcoming assignment. Dr. Pogonowski passed out a sheet with some melodies featuring non-harmonic tones. The class sings the melodies over Esther playing the first four measures of the Prelude.

Here are the non-harmonic tones we covered:
— passing tones
— neighboring tones
— suspensions
— retardations
— appogiatura
— anticipations
— escape tones

Get together and revise the analysis of thep iece with a partner. Write a melody incorporating non-harmonic tones to be played over the prelude with your major instrument.

Discussion Topics (Suggested; Feel free to discuss any topic or one of your own choosing)
What was your experience during the analytic part of this assignment?
What was your experience during this new composition assignment?
How did this assignment develop/not develop your appreciation of either/both of these types of music?