Music Appreciation

Listening Assignment:
The Firebird: Igor Stravinsky (CD1/Track1)
C-Jam Blues: Duke Ellington (1/3)
Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra: Benjamin Britten (1/11)
Prelude in E Minor for Piano: Frédéric Chopin (1/36)
“Farandole” from L’Arlesienne Suite no. 2: Georges Bizet (1/37)
“Dance of the Reed Pipes” from The Nutcracker: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1/42)
Contradance no. 7: Ludwig van Beethoven (1/45)
Select one of the pieces that you have listened to in this chapter. Listen to it again. Then, open the textbook and listen a third time while following the listening guide. Finally, listen using the interactive listening guide on ConnectKamien. Discuss how the use of the listening guides affected your experience. Did it allow you to hear things that you couldn’t before? Did it change which elements of the piece caught your attention? Did it facilitate you ability to understand the particular musical element that was highlighted by that piece (e.g. could you then understand and hear the difference between monophonic, homophonic, and polyphonic textures?)? Which guide format did you find most effective, and why? Did it make listening more or less enjoyable?