Listening to Music

Yale Course , Prof. Craig Wright

Lecture 1: Introduction

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Listening to Music (MUSI 112)Professor Wright introduces the course by suggesting that "listening to music" is not simply a passive activity one can use to relax, but rather, an active and rewarding process. He argues that by learning about the basic elements of Western classical music, such as rhythm, melody, and form, one learns strategies that can be used to understand many different kinds of music in a more thorough and precise way -- and further, one begins to understand the magnitude of human greatness. Professor Wright draws the music examples in this lecture from recordings of techno music, American musical theater, and works by Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy and Strauss, in order to introduce the issues that the course will explore in more depth throughout the semester.00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction to Listening to Music03:23 - Chapter 2. Why Listen to Classical Music?12:14 - Chapter 3. Course Requirements and Pedagogy21:11 - Chapter 4. Diagnostic Quiz33:56 - Chapter 5. Pitch42:04 - Chapter 6. RhythmComplete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://oyc.yale.eduThis course was recorded in Fall 2008.

Course Description :

Introduction - Introduction to Instruments and Musical Genres - Rhythm: Fundamentals - Rhythm: Jazz, Pop and Classical - Melody: Notes, Scales, Nuts and Bolts - Melody: Mozart and Wagner - Harmony: Chords and How to Build Them - Bass Patterns: Blues and Rock - Sonata-Allegro Form: Mozart and Beethoven - Sonata-Allegro and Theme and Variations - Form: Rondo, Sonata-Allegro and Theme and Variations - Guest Conductor: Saybrook Orchestra - Fugue: Bach, Bizet and Bernstein - Ostinato Form in the Music of Purcell, Pachelbel, Elton John and Vitamin C - Gregorian Chant and Music in the Sistine Chapel - Baroque Music: The Vocal Music of Johann Sebastian Bach - Mozart and His Operas - Piano Music of Mozart and Beethoven - Romantic Opera: Verdi's La Traviata, Bocelli, Pavarotti and Domingo - The Colossal Symphony: Beethoven, Berlioz, Mahler and Shostakovich - Musical Impressionism and Exoticism: Debussy, Ravel and Monet - Modernism and Mahler - Review of Musical Style

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