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Class Notes for Music at The College of New Jersey

MUS 246 Lecture Notes - Lecture 14: Ambient Music, Brian Eno, Soundscape

Lecture 14 Ambient Music - by Brian Eno • records and radio were around long enough • novelty wore off • people wanted to make more sophisticated choices about their music • music in a different way ...

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MUS 246
Gary Fienberg
MUS 246 Lecture Notes - Lecture 13: Bipedalism

Lecture 13 Darwin - Chapter 6, Man • Origin of Species was explicitly derived from Malthus’s Essay on Population (geometrical increase in human populations) • man must be viewed as an animal species • human evo...

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MUS 246
Gary Fienberg
MUS 246 Lecture Notes - Lecture 12: James Ussher, Carl Linnaeus, The Foundations

Lecture 12 Darwin - Chapter 2, The Foundations of Darwinism • Darwin’s theory of biological evolution • species • adaptation • evolution • 3 aspects of biological classification: ...

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MUS 246
Gary Fienberg
MUS 246 Lecture Notes - Lecture 15: Rachel Carson, Bioaccumulation, Counting Crows

Lecture 15 Silent Spring • described the physiological effects, impact on human health and wildlife, and inadequacy of pesticide regulation of DDT and other pesticides and chemicals in society • Silent Spring...

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MUS 246
Gary Fienberg
MUS 246 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Louis Sarno, Mushroom Hunting, Pentatonic Scale

Lecture 11 The Necessity of and Problems with a Universal Musicology • lack of evidence for historical diffusion leads us to suppose that they come from spontaneous universal genotypes • comparing music to animal...

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MUS 246
Gary Fienberg
MUS 246 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Word Painting, Symphonic Poem, Program Music

Lecture 5 The Sixth Symphony (Pastoral) • Beethoven’s 5th Symphony was very intense • 6th released into the tranquil world of nature • softer experience of the countryside • Beethoven’s Pastoral S...

Music
MUS 246
Gary Fienberg
MUS 246 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Ethnomusicology, Klaus Wachsmann

Lecture 10 An Ethnomusicologist Contemplates Universals in Musical Sound and Musical Culture • identification of universals depends on definitions of music, of musical units analogous to culture units, and on an inte...

Music
MUS 246
Gary Fienberg
MUS 246 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Scherzo, Timpani, Pizzicato

Lecture 6 A Critical Study of Beethoven’s 9 Symphonies • 5th: • Symphony No. 5 in C minor • most celebrated symphony • Beethoven utilizes his vast imagination • not guid...

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MUS 246
Gary Fienberg
MUS 246 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Pantheism

Lecture 3 • Modern Period: • 1900-present • impressionism (1890-1925) • music written after WW2: “contemporary” • rise of new technology • La Mer • How to distinguish...

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MUS 246
Gary Fienberg
MUS 246 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Pentatonic Scale, Semiotics, Emic And Etic

Lecture 9 The Universals of Music • universal traits in music • for a trait to be universal, it must be effectively encountered everywhere (no counterexamples) • the more accumulated information, the smaller th...

Music
MUS 246
Gary Fienberg
MUS 246 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Gregorian Chant, Systems Music, Electroacoustic Music

Lecture 7 The Art of Noises - Russolo • letter to Balilla Pratella, a Futurist composer • saying that Pratella could create “The Art of Noises” • ancient life was silent • when machines were invented, noi...

Music
MUS 246
Gary Fienberg
MUS 246 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Greek Revival Architecture, Ancient Greek Philosophy, Counterpoint

Lecture 4 Beethoven and Greek Classicism • it is difficult to find clear ideas in music, partially because of its abstractness • musical history teaches that the classical period was a golden age of order that expr...

Music
MUS 246
Gary Fienberg
MUS 246 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Claude Debussy, Singing Melody, Glissando

Lecture 2 The Cult of the Natural • some writers emphasize that “naturalness” is the highest aesthetic ideal in music because a lot of music is too technically complex • an individual must gain experience in musi...

Music
MUS 246
Gary Fienberg
MUS 246 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Esthesic And Poietic, Semiotics, Inuit Throat Singing

Lecture 8 A Quick Introduction to Nattiez’s Semiology • semiology: “the study of signs” • sign: • a thing created to be representative of another thing • sign could be: • a name...

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MUS 246
Gary Fienberg
MUS 246 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Clef, Gregorian Chant, Monophony

Lecture 1 • polyphony: • harmonizing • example: in a round • monophony: • chanting together • in unison • Domine: • put markings to show the shape of the melody ...

Music
MUS 246
Gary Fienberg

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