October 3 Readings/Class Notes – History
How do the elements of a piece of music discussed in the first three weeks of
class the form of a piece?
“Music of a narrative or descriptive kind, the term is often extended to all music
that attempts to represent extra=musical concepts without resort to sung words.”
- Roger Scruton, New Grove Online
Brings up images, stories and words which are not native to the music itself
Some works tell a complete story:
“Symphonic poem” Like Dukas's L'Apprenti sorcier from Fantasia
Some programmatic music forms part of a larger work:
Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
– Roméo et Juliette, “symphonia dramatique”
– Vocal movements interspersed with instrumental movements (which are
– Composed in 1839.
– Unstaged opera – oratorio style, reciting the work.
– Berlioz was impacted by the production of Romeo and Juliet in 1827. Saw it
in English and did not understand it, but incredibly impa