We're knee-deep in finals right now, which means that students are busy with projects including their last listening journal. In many ways, the music from the past 60 years is among the most diverse that we have explored and is a good opportunity to uncover styles you never even considered, like Meredith Monk's vocal virtuosity or John Zorn's stylistic cornucopia. So take the time to listen through the list at the right and be sure to let the students know if you've been enjoying their writing.
Just in time for Spring Break, the listening journals for music from 1900-1945 have been posted. With this unit, we've entered into music that many are either unfamiliar with or perhaps a bit nervous about. In fact, this video sums up many people's reactions to this music.
Music in the early 20th century certainly was full of brash experimentation, but it produced music as strange and as beautiful as any ever produced. You can find out about some of that music by digging into the blogroll at the right. Enjoy!
We're approaching the mid-point of the semester, which means we are rapidly nearing the end of the Romantic era in 352. Over the past month, we've watched how our standard performing repertoire was created and listened to Beethoven and Schumann and Wagner and Verdi, but what of those composers who were important in their day but forgotten now like Louis Spohr? What of those composers who are interesting sidelights few ever experience like Anthony Philip Heinrich? These listening journals will give you a chance to peek under the hood of Romantic music and see perhaps what those living at the time thought about the music that was happening all around them. As usual, you'll find them through the blogroll on the right. Enjoy!
Although we are firmly in February, in many ways this fourth week of class still seems like one of the first weeks. However, by the listening journals that are now posted by students taking 352WI, we know that a quarter of our semester is already behind us. The five students listed in the blogroll to the right have been listening to little-known music by established masters like Mozart and even less-known music by composers many have never encountered like Madalena Laura Lombardini Sirmen. I know you'll enjoy reading their thoughts and joining in their conversation through the comments, so pick a link and enjoy.
This blog is designed for students enrolled in Writing Intensive courses through the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance to share their thoughts and reactions to the rich tradition of Western Music. Follow the blog links below to read on.