January 14 - Birth of Opera.pdf

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Published on 17 Apr 2013
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McGill University
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Music-Arts Faculty
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MUAR 211
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Housekeeping
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Concert Reports
Recitals are fine but see an ensemble at some
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Housekeeping
Finish up some key terms from the Baroque
overview
Basso continuo
Ground bass
Basso ostinato
Birth of opera
Monteverdi, The Coronation of Poppea (1642)
Purcell, Dido and Aeneas (1689)
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12 students so far interested: buying the e-book online. Anyone having trouble through the website: mycourses has been updated. Need ms office 2007 in current format. Housekeeping: finish up some key terms from the baroque overview. Basso continuo explained: it includes two parts, what are the two parts that make up a basso. Basso continuo explained: the bass melody is written in music notation, which of the two parts is improvised? and must be played precisely as the composer has indicated. Basso continuo explained: the harmonies are written using number symbols that only partly specify what chords to play. The performer is free to improvise how the chords are realized. Likely play the continuo: bassoon and cello, harpsichord and cello, violin and cello. Basso continuo explained: the continuo instrument(s) can be: A combination of a chordal instrument (e. g. harpsichord, lute) that plays alongside a bass instrument (e. g. cello, bassoon)

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