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Published on 7 Dec 2010
School
UTSG
Department
Music
Course
MUS111H1
Professor
MUS110H1 Lecture 10 Language 10-12-07 2:11 AM
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Music & Transmission; Music & Language
Exam:
Describe everything you hear
Essay question:
o 3 choices
o touch mostly on things weve discussed since the midterm
Aural Transmission
Advantage
o Living traditions and techniques are passed on from
generation to generation. This is the manner in which most
non-western music has been passed down.
Disadvantage
o Should those traditions die, and techniques change or evolve
without attention to tradition, those traditions are:
! A. simply lost
! B. unconsciously changed or mutated to something
different (examples of this will be seen shortly)
Written Transmission
Advantages
o Helps to solve some of the negative characteristics of aural
transmission
Disadvantages
o Notation is always challenged by and falls short of actual
musical performance practice
! i.e. Arcangelo Corelli, Sonata in C Major, Op. 5. No. 3,
Movements 1 & 2 (1700)
o notation gives us an idea of pitch, meter, rhythm, etc.
the detailed score as an accurate transmitter?
o i.e. Claude Debussy, “Gollywog’s Cakewalk”, Childrens
Corner (1908)
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electronic recording media as the perfect transmitter?
o i.e. Daniel Arfib, Souffle du doux (1979)
! cant change the composition because its recorded
digitally, no interpretation involved
Music & Language
Music & Rhetoric
Rhetoric the art of persuasion, how we use language to persuade
or communicate
Word painting: matching music gestures and expressions to portray
visually the textual content
o i.e. Johann Hermann Schein, “Die mit Tranen saen,
Israelsbrunnlein/ Fontana d’Israel (1623)
o i.e. Heinrich Schutz, “Die mit Tranen saen,Geistliche
Chormusik (1648)
o i.e. Heinrich Schutz, “Die mit Tranen saen,Psalmen Davids
(1619)
Morleys Dedication of the Triumphs of Oriana (1601)
madrigals 5 voices
i.e. Thomas Weelkes, “As Vesta was from Latmos hill Descending”
(1601)
o as vesta was from Latmos hill descending
o she spied a maiden Queens the same ascending
o attended on by all the shepherd’s swain
o to whom Dianas darlings came running down amain
o first two by two, then three by three together
o leaving their Goddess all alone, hasted thither
o and mingling with the shepherds of her train,
o with mirthful tunes her presence did entertain
o then sang the shepherds and nymphs of Diana:
o long live fair Oriana
Music and Text in the Twentieth Century
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Exam: describe everything you hear, essay question, 3 choices, touch mostly on things we"ve discussed since the midterm. Aural transmission: advantage, living traditions and techniques are passed on from generation to generation. This is the manner in which most non-western music has been passed down: disadvantage, should those traditions die, and techniques change or evolve without attention to tradition, those traditions are:  b. unconsciously changed or mutated to something different (examples of this will be seen shortly) Written transmission: advantages, helps to solve some of the negative characteristics of aural transmission, disadvantages, notation is always challenged by and falls short of actual musical performance practice i. e. arcangelo corelli, sonata in c major, op. Movements 1 & 2 (1700: notation gives us an idea of pitch, meter, rhythm, etc, the detailed score as an accurate transmitter? i. e. claude debussy, gollywog"s cakewalk , children"s.