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Lecture 1

MUS 152 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Percussion Instrument, Idiophone, Cymbal


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MUS 152
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Analysis Assignment: Putting Things Together
The principles of Unity and Variety apply to all music, regardless of composition style or
historical period.
Now that you are familiar with the concepts in the first section of the course (Basic
Musical Concepts), and you have seen how they work on different pieces of music, try
your hand, mouse, and ears, at finding how they operate in a music selection below that
you haven't heard yet in this course (although you may have elsewhere).
Assignment #3 Audio
Your analysis should include:
The number of different musical ideas in the piece (can we say, for example, that
there are two ideas A, and B? Or is there only one?)
The timings (start and stop times) of the different sections of the piece. (Hint:
Listen for changes in musical ideas and timbre, e.g. points where different
instruments come in or give way to others)
How unity and variety are exemplified in those sections through the use of:
1. Dynamics
2. Timbre
3. Pitch
Whether, although there are sections that feature one instrument over others, you
think this is this is a piece for solo performer or for an ensemble.
A list of the characteristics of the musical style closest to the one this piece
exemplifies. (Hint: Look at the last lecture in the first section of the course)
Whether you think this piece serves, or could serve a specific purpose.
Whether or not it has any specific connotation/s for you.
On the Submit Web Query Assignment page, type your answer into the empty box. When
you are ready, click Submit to send your answer to your instructor.
Have fun!
This song has two ideas which are A and B, and they are played in A-B-B-A. The idea A is being
played from the beginning to the 1:18. Beginning with the percussion instrument like the
Idiophone, the first idea A has the repeated rhythm with the brass instruments like the
Trumpeter, which play the flowing melody smoothly. Also, the piano is used together with
several kinds of percussion instruments like Cymbal to accompany with the main melody. From
the 1:18 to the 2:18, the second B is being played. A solo brass instrument like the saxophone is
being played loudly as the main melody, and percussion instruments continue to accompany.
Also, the melody begins to be changed from the long notes to short notes. At the 2:18, the third
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