touch upon two elements of music using relevant language and
terminology as well as discuss where people attended concerts.
Choose 2 compositions from different eras.
See the Weekly Listening Section for some choices or look up a
performance. If you need suggestions for pieces to listen to, contact
me. I can help guide you to some excellent performances (if I do say so
Hildegard von Bingen
Orlando de Lassus
Josquin des Prez
Church music (eg.introit, kyrie, gloria, etc.)
Johann Sebastian Bach
George Frideric Handel
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Choose 2 elements of music to reflect on in your comparison. Here are some resources for discussing the elements of music.
Melody, Harmony, Rhythm, Timbre, Texture, Form
Listen to the pieces (from #1) concentrating on the two elements of music (from #2).
After listening to the performances, write up the following:
Preview the main points that will be addressed in the paper. Be sure to
include the names of the composers and titles of the compositions.
Define Elements: Define
in your own words your choice of two of the following elements of music:
melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, texture, and form.
Evaluate the similarities and differences of the two elements between
the two compositions. In the evaluation expand on the definitions that
you supplied. Use musical terminology and information from the course
materials to express your ideas.
Concert Location: Discuss
where people attended concerts during the Renaissance Era (1400-1600),
the Baroque era (1600-1750 AD) and the Classical era (1750-1800 AD)
using scholarly information to support your ideas.
Concluding paragraph: Wrap up the main points of the paper. Be sure to mention the composers and composition titles in the conclusion
essay should be 750-1000 words in length. This assignment should
reflect knowledge and understanding of the course materials. Points
should be supported by specific information from scholarly sources and
musical terminology should be used to express ideas. This essay should
be written in paragraph form using complete sentences with a clear
introduction and conclusion. Reference both concerts in the introduction
In addition to these elements, fulfill the Requirements for Writing Assignments, including citing all sources (including the concerts) both in the body of the text and on a reference page.