Enhanced Listening Focus: Heroines and Villains

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Enhanced Listening Focus: Heroines and Villains

<p>Explore some of the elements of music theory composers use to convey their ideas. Learn to discern qualities of organisation and structure in music new to you and perhaps experience an epiphany in

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Explore some of the elements of music theory composers use to convey their ideas. Learn to discern qualities of organisation and structure in music new to you and perhaps experience an epiphany in music that you know well!


COURSE OUTLINE

  • From contrast to comparison to conflict: we tune our ears and awareness to the most important composition elements in Western music. We listen to clear examples of these elements in the music of Poulenc, Beethoven, Stravinsky and others. We prepare the way for the musical delin-eation of characterisation and meet a few of the protagonists.
  • Classic characterisations, often melodramatic, of Heroines and Villains. Word set-tings provide the clearest possible insight to a composer’s intentions (Beethoven Fidelio). Our grow-ing familiarity with music elements (Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture) will entail more in-depth apprecia-tion of structure. (Janáček Sinfonietta).
  • Mythological and lighter characters. We look at more extended examples of conflict in musical terms as well as dramatic situations. (Weber Der Freischütz, Kodály Háry János, Stravin-sky The Firebird ,Prokofiev Lieutenant Kijé and Wagner Siegfried.)
  • Idealism and patriotism. We will review aspects of musical theory visited thus far and extend our listening reach to music that is less story and character driven. We end with a piece that both predates and outdoes anything that Hollywood has ever created. Works include Sibelius Finlandia, Poulenc Figure Humaine, Shostakovich Symphony No. 5, Britten War Requiem, Berlioz arrangement of La Marseillaise.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Use a vocabulary of musical terms to appropriately describe/discuss compositional techniques they listen to during the course.
  2. Listen to music familiar and new to them with concern for sound layering, a heightened awareness of linear structure and a more refined acuity for orchestration and instrument combinations.
  3. Be more aware of the subtleties and nuances that distinguish good music from the truly inspired.