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MUS110 Music and Context November 8, 2012 What is “Context”? Text is the object of study: the owrds or notes on the page, the translation of those symbols into sound – but removed from everything else, including its cultural environment Con-: everything that goes with it, relates to it, causes it, is affected by it – economics, politics, religion, changing social roles of musicians, technological developments, music in popular culture Every time you listen to a piece of music, the context has changed. M. Praetorius, In dulci jubilo, for 5 choirs  Was meant to be performed with 5 choirs  In a live setting one would hear each choir from different points of the room o This is removed when you listen to a studio recording st Bach, Brandenburg Converto Nr. 5, 1 movement (1723)  Harpsichord was typically used for accompaniment Mozart ( 1756-91) was a child prodigy. Beethoven (1770-1827) became deaf.  He had contemplated suicide but decided to live on for his music.  Became recluse from paranoia from what others might say about him  Considered himself an artist and therefore superior  Beethoven, Symphony Nr. 3 in E-Flat (1803) o Was supposed to be for Napoleon o Heroic Igor Stra
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