There are five CDs in the course listening guide
set. It will be necessary to listen to every piece, often
repeatedly, in order to identify these works on the three tests.**
Beyond that, you are asked to select one entire piece from each of
the five CDs and write a brief summary of each of those five works.
Pick one that you like. Pick one that you hate. :-)
Please note that some complete works span several CD tracks.
These reports should be typed, and more than one page, but not more
than two pages. Format: all margins one inch,
double-spaced, 12-point standard font (Times New Roman, Arial,
etc.). Due dates are provided on the syllabus.
So, CD Report number one will be a write-up about
one tune from the first CD. CD Report number
two will be a write-up about one tune from the
second CD, etc.
**You may take notes on the pieces and use the notes
during only the listening portion of each of the tests.
Report heading should include:
Your name, date, CD report number
Composer's last name,
composition title (italicized), duration of the
piece in minutes & seconds, e.g., (4:25), CD number
and track number(s)
The structure of the paper should generally be
designed as outlined below. In fact, a bullet point may be
used for each item if you prefer. Not all items have to be
addressed, but most should be.
Begin with a couple sentences
relating to the mood of the piece. If the
music were a soundtrack in a movie, what kind of
scene might you see on the screen?
Melody: What are its
characteristics? Is it smooth (conjunct) or
jagged (disjunct)? Is the range large or
small? Do you clearly hear phrases, or are
they difficult to distinguish?
Rhythm & Meter: Is the piece
in a triple or quadruple meter, or something more
complicated? Is the meter simple (duple
subdivision of the beat) or compound (triple
subdivision of the beat)? Is there mixed
meter? Is the rhythm at all syncopated
(accents on weak beats)?
Harmony: Does the piece
generally sound relaxed (consonant) or tense
(dissonant)? Does it have a distinct major or
homophonic or polyphonic?
Form: Can you distinguish the
form? Binary (AB), Ternary (ABA), Rondo
(ABACA), Through-Composed, etc.
Tempo: Can you take a guess at
the tempo marking if it is not indicated in the
title? Grave? Moderato? Presto?
Dynamics: Is there a range of
dynamics, from soft to loud, or is everything at a
Please feel free to add any other observations.