Friday, April 28, 2017

Music Study Guide: JS Bach, Fugues, and The Blues

Minnesota High School Music Listening Contest 2004-05 (rev*2008-09)

Authored by K. Christian McGuire
Hosted by Steve Seel, MPR

Click on the chapter heading to view the PDF of the subjects within the chapter. Click on the commentary or track title to listen to the audio.
For instance: To view the text regarding Magister Leoninus click on "Medieval and Renaissance Music" and scroll to his entry. To hear his music, Click on "Viderunt Omnes"

Concepts in Music and Introduction

Medieval and Renaissance Music

Magister Leoninus, Viderunt Omnes
Perotin, Viderunt Omnes
The Carmina Buruna, Olim Sudor Herculis
Philippe de Vitry, Tribumque/Quoniam secta/Merito hec patimur
Tomas Luis de Victoria, O Magnum Mysterium
Tomas Luis de Victoria, Missa O Magnum Mysterium

Baroque Period (1600-1750)

Girolamo Frescobaldi - Toccata No. 3
Girolamo Frescobaldi – Canzona
Girolamo Frescobaldi – Passacaglia
Jean-Baptiste Lully – Overture from Armide
Francois Couperin, Les Moissonneurs (The Field Workers)
Francois Couperin Les Langueurs-Tendres (The Languishers)
Francois Couperin La Bersan

Classical Period (1750-1820)

Beethoven - Symphony No. 1
Mozart - Piano Concerto in Eb K.482
Mozart – Terzetto No. 7 from The Marriage of Figaro
Haydn - Symphony No. 101 in D major (‘The Clock’) Hob. I/10

19th Century

Hector Berlioz - Symphony Fantastique
Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 4
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade

20th Century

Example of Eastern European folk music
Bela Bartok - 4th String Quartet
Igor Stravinksy - Concerto for Piano and Winds
Aaron Jay Kernis - Musica Celestes from String Quartet no. 1

Featured Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1751)

Cantata - Nun Komm Der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61 (1714)

  • Chorus
  • Recitative and Arioso
  • Aria
  • Recitative
  • Aria
  • Chorus

  • Brandenberg Concerto 4 BWV 1049 (1720)


  • 1st movement
  • 2nd movement
  • 3rd movement


  • Partita No. 2 in D Minor for Violin Solo, BWV 1004 (1720)


  • Allemande (Ger.) - 4/4 Moderate
  • Courante (Fr.)- 3/2 Moderate
  • Sarabande (South American)- 3/4 Slow, accented 2nd beat
  • Gigue (Irish/Anglo)- 6/8 Lively, wide skips
  • Chaconne - 3/4 Slow, continuous variation

  • B Minor Mass BWV 232 (1733)

    Musical Offering BWV 1079 (1747)

  • Ricercar a 6
  • Canon a 2
  • Trio Sonata

  • Featured Genre: Fugues and Canons

    J.S. Bach - Fugue No. 2 in C minor from WTC
    Beethoven - Grosse Fuge, Op. 133
    Charles Ives – 3rd Movement from the 4th Symphony
    Arnold Schoenberg - Der Mondfleck from Pierrot lunaire
    Darius Milhaud - La Creation du Monde
    Paul Hindemith – Fuga in C from Ludus Tonalis

    Featured Influence: The Blues and its Heirs

    Work Song - Rosie
    B.B. King – It’s My Own Fault Baby
    George Gershwin - "It Ain’t Necessarily So", from Porgy and Bess
    Charles Mingus -


  • The Work Song
  • Theme for Lester Young (a.k.a. Goodbye Porkpie Hat)

  • The Beatles - I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
    Jimi Hendrix - Manic Depression
    The Who - My Generation

    Appdendix

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