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Music History Resources

This page is for the live Thursday Music History 8D class only.

Midterm Essay Prompts (choose one):

1. Compare and contrast the music and careers of Debussy, Ravel, and Satie.

2. Describe the influence of Jazz on early 20th Century composers such as:

Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud, and Kurt Weill.

3. Describe the influence of World War I on composers such as:

Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky, Ralph Vaughan-Williams, Charles Ives.

Final Essay Prompts (choose one):

1. Compare and contrast: John Cage, Pierre Boulez, and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

2. Describe the history of Minimalism in music from the 1960’s to today.

3. Describe the compositions of Postminimalists (Maximalists) from the 1980’s to today.

4. Discuss the modern history of women composers.

5. Discuss Classical composers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Pacific cultures.

Links for Final (memorize the first minute of the following): 

  1. A.) Gloria (Francis Poulenc)
  2. B.) Mathis der Maler (Paul Hindemith)
  3. C.) Carmina Burana (Carl Orff)
  4. D.) The Love of Three Oranges (Sergei Prokofiev)
  5. E.) Choro No. 1 (Heitor Villa-Lobos)
  6. F.) Ionisation (Edgar Varèse) starts at 25″ in
  7. G.) White Moon (Ruth Crawford Seeger)
  8. H.) An American in Paris (George Gershwin)
  9. I.) El Salon Mexico (Aaron Copland)
  10. J.) Poem for Orchestra (William Grant Still)
  11. K.) Quartet for the End of Time (Olivier Messiaen)
  12. L.) War Requiem (Benjamin Britten)
  13. M.) Sonata II for prepared Piano (John Cage)
  14. N.) Philomel (Milton Babbitt)
  15. O.) Sinfonia (Luciano Berio)
  16. P.) Spirit Garden (Toru Takemitsu)
  17. Q.) Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima (Krzysztof Penderecki) 34″ in
  18. R.) Atmospheres (Györgi Ligeti)
  19. S.) Nixon in China (John Adams) 10″ in
  20. T.) Symphony No. 1 (Ellen Taaffe Zwillich)

Other Resources:

Text: A History of Western Music. Peter Burkholder (2014)

Youtube Videos in Historical Categories (work in progress)

Western Music in Context (series of six books by W.W. Norton & Co.)

Source Readings in Music History. Oliver Strunk/Leo Treitler (1998)

Women Composers

Composers of African Descent

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