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Week 1

Jan. 8-12

The Middle Ages: Chapters 11-13


Hildegard of Bingen  Alleluia, O virga mediatrix

Notre Dame School Organum  Gaude Maria virgo

Machaut  Puis qu'en oubli


Medieval & Renaissance instruments




The Black Death


Medieval Map



Link to Course Outline

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WebCT setup

  1. Log on to WebCT6

  2. Click “My Settings” in the upper right portion of the screen.

  3. Select “My profile” tab and edit the profile to include the email address you actually check.

  4. Click Save.

  5. Now click on “My Tool Option” tab and scroll to the Mail portion of the screen.

  6. Select the box “Forward all mail messages to the e-mail address in my profile.” 

  7. Click Save.


CPS setup


Your class key is G25630C547 (case sensitive)



Due Thurs

Study Guide M1

Listening  CD 1: 1-10

CPS setup

Week 2

Jan. 15-19

The Renaissance: Chapters 14-16, Transition

Josquin  Ave Maria

Palestrina  Pope Marcellus Mass, Gloria

Farmer  Fair Phyllis

Renaissance Map 

"Nothing on earth is so well suited

 to make the sad merry, the merry sad,

to give courage to the despairing,

 to make the proud humble, 

to lessen envy and hate, as music."
--Martin Luther


The Baroque: Chapters 19-24


Purcell  Dido and Aeneas, Act III, Dido's Lament

Strozzi  Begli occhi


Bach  Cantata No. 80, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

(No. 1, Choral fugue, No. 8, Chorale)

Handel  Messiah

(No. 18, "Rejoice greatly"  No. 44, "Hallelujah")



Due Tues

Study Guide M1

Listening  CD 1:11-20




Due Thurs

Study Guide M1

Listening  CD 1:21-44


Josquin de Prez

c. 1450-1521

 Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina



Week 3

Jan. 22-26

The Baroque: Chapters 25-26


Vivaldi  Spring from The Four Seasons  1st movement

Handel  Water Music, Suite in D major  Alla hornpipe

Bach  Prelude and Fugue in C minor, from WTC, Book I

 Map in Baroque era

Review for Unit Test #1

Study Sheet


Sample Test


What is classical music??


Due Tues

Study Guide M1

Listening  CD 1: 45-59



Johann Sebastian Bach


George Frideric Handel

1685 - 1759

Week 4

Jan. 29-Feb. 2

Unit Test #1


Tues:  Unit Test #1


Due Thurs

Study Guide M1

Listening  CD 1: 60-79  CD 2: 1-7


Week 5

Feb. 5-9


18th Century Classicism




Due Tues

Study Guide M1

Listening  CD 2: 8-48


Franz Joseph Haydn



Week 6

Feb. 12-16


18th Century Classicism (cont.)

Mozart  Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525

Haydn  Symphony No. 94 in G major (Surprise), 2nd mvt.

Beethoven  Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Mozart  Piano Concerto in G major, K. 453, 1st mvt.

Beethoven  Piano Sonata in C min, Op. 13 (Pathetique) 2nd mvt.

Mozart  The Marriage of Figaro  Act 1, Scenes 6 and 7

Ludwig Van Beethoven



No class on Thursday (TMEA)


Due Tues

Study Guide C1


Due Thurs

Study Guide C2


Anna Maria, Wolfgang and Leopold Mozart


Week 7

Feb. 19-23


 18th Century Classicism (cont.)


Drag cities onto the European map



Due Tues

Study Guide C3


Due Thurs

Study Guide C4




Week 8

Feb. 26-Mar 2


The Nineteenth-Century

Schubert  Erlking

Robert Schumann  "And if the flowers knew," from A Poet's Love, No. 8

Chopin  Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48, No. 1

Clara Schumann  Scherzo, Op. 10


Berlioz  Symphonie fantastique  4th mvt.

Smetana  The Moldau

Brahms  Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90, 3rd mvt.

Brahms  A German Requiem, 4th mvt.

Verdi  Rigoletto, Act III, excerpts

Wagner  Die Walkure  Act III, Farewell and Magic Fire Music



Puccini  Madame Butterfly, "Un bel di"

Japanese Kouta  A White Fan

Tchaikovsky  The Nutcracker, March




Due Tues

Classical Era Exam



Due Thurs

Study Guide R1




Romanticism Timeline


Week 9

Mar. 5-9

The Nineteenth-Century (cont.)


An efficiency consultant gave his critique of

Schubert's Unfinished Symphony:

  1. For a considerable period, the oboe players had nothing to do.  Their number should be reduced and their work spread over the whole orchestra, thus avoiding peaks of inactivity.
  2. All 12 violins were playing notes. This seems unnecessary duplication of activity, and the staff of this section should be drastically cut.  If a large volume of sound is really required, this could be obtained through the use of a single, much less costly amplifier.
  3. Much effort was involved in playing the 16th notes. This seems an excessive refinement, and it is recommended that all notes be rounded up to the nearest eighth note.  Not only would this increase efficiency, but it would then be possible to use paraprofessionals instead of experienced musicians.
  4. No useful purpose is served by repeating with horns the passage that has already been handled by the strings. If such redundant passages were eliminated, the concert could be reduced from two hours to 20 minutes with attendant savings in staff wages.
  5. This symphony had two movements. If Schubert didn't achieve his musical goals by the end of the first movement, then he should have stopped there.  The second movement is unnecessary and should be cut.
  6. In order to avoid such wastefulness in future, it is further suggested that any composer who is writing a symphony should have to get preauthorization, for, say, 12 lines at a time.

In light of the above, one can only conclude that had Schubert given attention to these matters, he probably would have had the time to finish his symphony. 


Due Tues

Study Guide R2


Due Thurs

Study Guide R3


Franz Schubert




Week 10

Mar. 19-23

The Nineteenth-Century (cont.)




Due Tues

Study Guide R4


Due Thurs

Study Guide R5


Week 11

Mar. 26-30


Richard Wagner


Giacomo Puccini



Due Tues

No Study Guide due today.  We will catch up on the listening selections in preparation for Thursday's exam.



Due Thurs

Romantic Era Exam




Wagner's Ring Cycle for Dummies


The Evolution of the Orchestra

Week 12

Apr. 2-6

The Twentieth Century

Debussy  Prelude to "The Afternoon of a Faun"

Stravinsky  The Rite of Spring, Part II

Glorification of the Chosen One

Evocation of the Ancestors

Ritual Action of the Ancestors

Schoenberg  Pierrot lunaire  No. 18, The Moonfleck


Bartok  Interrupted Intermezzo, from Concerto for Orchestra

Copland  Billy the Kid, Scene 1, Street in a Frontier Town

Revueltas  Homenaje a Federico Garcia Lorca, 3rd mvt, Son





Due Tues

Study Guide T1


Due Thurs

 Study Guide T2


Igor Stravinsky


Arnold Schoenberg


Week 13

Apr. 9-13

The New Music

Crumb  Ancient Voices of Children, 1st mvt.

Ligeti  Disorder, from Etudes for Piano, Book I

Lansky  Notjustmoreidlechatter, excerpt

Tower  For the Uncommon Woman

Part  Cantate Domino canticum novum

Adams  Roadrunner, from Chamber Symphony



Due Tues

Study Guide T3


Due Thurs

Study Guide T4



Week 14

Apr. 16-20



Due Thurs

Twentieth Century Exam



Week 15

Apr. 23-27

Review for Final Exam

Composer Table


Web CT Practice Test


Last class day:  Tue., April 24

(Final Exam time: Wednesday, May 2, 11:30am-2:00pm)

bullet Tues:  Drop the Needle Pre-test


 Information for Final Exam

Below is a list of composers which you will have to enter into WebCT as answers for the listening portion of the test.  They must be spelled correctly or they will be counted wrong. 

BrahmsChopinClara SchumannCoplandCrumb
LanskyLigetiMachautMozartNotre Dame

Make note of the following, in particular:

  1. For Clara Schumann, use her full name.  For Robert, just the last name.

  2. Notre Dame refers to the school where Gaude Maria was written, but will be used in place of the composer for that question.

  3. Don't just look at the names.  Practice spelling them (like Tchaikovsky and Schoenberg).




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