Greetings everyone! Just a friendly reminder of upcoming grades and assignments:
Musicianship for Friday 9/16: Sing & Play 1-2
Bach Fugue in C Major, Tenor & Bass m. 4 to m. 10
sing Bass and play Tenor
NB: excerpt ends with the Tenor on beat 3
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Theory Assignment for Monday 9/19:
Assignment: 21-2 (analysis) & 22-2 (analysis) NB: Your homework is the analysis portion only!
Exercises (21-1, 22-1) may be turned in for extra credit.
Great work on the Bach harmonizations!!! Here is a rundown of our schedule for the first Preludes Project.
- Over the week, look over the remaining pieces in the score packet I handed out yesterday. We will cover a few if we have time.
- Select your model(s). Minimum of 2 pieces for the composition majors, min. 1 piece for the non-composition majors. Maximum of 3 pieces for everybody.
- Be prepared to present your model(s) for the class. Discuss anything you found intriguing about the piece: form, harmony, melodic/motivic development, texture, etc. Describe what your "point of departure" will be for your own piece.
We will coach each other's pieces together, providing constructive feedback for potential revisions. Please email or drop off in my mailbox by NOON, so I can make copies
We will cover questions of notational and clarity together.
Preludes, Part I Due
We will play through the final, beautiful preludes, and provide some final comments and feedback on the whole composing process.
Musicianship due Wednesday Sept. 9th
S&P No. 1
17.E Rhythhm Translation
Bach - Fugue in C Major to m. 19 beat 3
Schumann - Violin Sonata, mvt. I, to reh. B
Make sure you are current with Hall Rhythm Ch. 17 and the Dept. Sight-singing Book!
Period Expansions Assignment now due Friday, Sept. 9th
Solfege Schumann, Sonata in A Minor, beginning to Reh. A
Bach in groups: measures 1 to 14 (see post below)
Due Wednesday: Rhythm 17.E translation sheet
NB: Period Expansion assignment now due Friday, Sept 9th!
We will continue the lecture on period expansions Wed. Sept. 7th
Period Expansion Assignment: http://goo.gl/BDHXCZ
Phrase Review Links
Inherently Irregular: goo.gl/3MEPRb
Extension at the Beginning: goo.gl/hfkWOQ
Extension in the Middle: goo.gl/TOUvjZ
Extension at the End: goo.gl/BZPsy4
Find time to practice with your assigned Bach groups for Friday. While practicing, try trading off different parts - don't just sing your own the whole time. In addition, sing lines in unison. Whatever you don't, DON'T PITCH AT THE PIANO!!!
We will take a performance grade on Wednesday of either Solfege or rhythm. Not telling which though.
for Friday: Sing in 4 parts Bach Fugue in C Major, m 1-14
Quartet 1: Niko, Molly, Yang, Charlie
Quintet 2: Rachel, Sebastian P., Jeff, Thomas, Sebastian Q.,
Quartet 3: Yangfang, Brett, Ziying, Ben
Quartet 4: Alyssa, Brent, Sally, Mike
Music Theory Notes:
Period Analysis Assignment is due Wednesday!!!
Recordings of the assigned pieces are available here: http://www.sfcmtheory.com/analysis_lectures/08_period_assgs.htm
Thanks to everyone for a very productive first day of Comp Workshop! I’m very excited for all the beautiful music you’ll compose this semester. I wanted to follow-up with a pdf of Bach’s solution to the given melody. It is very informative, and you may want to compare your own with his. Especially take notice of the unity in types of cadences, and use of 1st inversion chords to create clear, other linear, bass lines. If you are interested (this won’t be graded!), try filling in the Alto and Tenor. This is Chorale No. 4 in the Riemenschneider edition of Chorales, if you want to compare.
In addition, I have created two Spotify playlists; one is of pieces I referenced in passing in class today. I tried not to overdo this. The second is a collaborative playlist that anyone may add pieces too. If there is something you want to look at next week, feel free to post. Please send me a note on the particular characteristics of form, harmony, counterpoint, motivic development, etc. that you are particularly intrigued by. Remember, we are looking for shorter works!
SFCM Comp Workshop Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/josephstillwell/playlist/3iRsF0AQ25JFHe1YBT3WXY
Comp Workshop Collaborative: https://open.spotify.com/user/josephstillwell/playlist/42Ul7xvRZTBbP9ijiaNXiZ
Please let me know if you have any questions! Finally, I will be trying to keep the SFCM page on my personal website up to date (see below) with materials from class.
Have a great weekend!
Welcome back everyone! I am excited for another great year of making music and training our ears and artistry. I will try to get back in the habit of posting materials from class to this site for reference.
PDFs of handouts attached below. Anything posted on www.sfcmtheory.com will be linked to.
I want to share one quote that has stuck with me from this summer: "Every time you give yourself a pitch, you sacrifice an opportunity to develop your inner ear. Please keep this in mind as you practice. Octave drones are a great tool. Other than that, give yourself a single pitch per exercise, and hold it in your imagination.
Here is a recording of the excerpt for analysis.
SS = SFCM Sight-singing Textbook