MUSIC 120 SPRING 2008: LISTENING ASSIGNMENTS*
(Each week’s focus piece or pieces appear[s] in boldface)
WEEK 1: Kamien CD 1: Listen to “Alleluia: Vidimus Stellem,” tracks 47–49; Josquin, “Ave Maria . . . Virgo
Serena,” tracks 56–58; Weelkes, “As Vesta was Descending,” track 62. From online reserves, listen to “Kashmir,”
versions by Led Zeppelin and Matt Haimowitz.
To begin our studies of the Baroque era, listen to five selections from Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, available from online
reserves: “Toccata,” “Prologo,” “Tu se’ morta,” “Ahi caso acerbo,” and “Possente spirto” (“Tu se’ morta,” is also
included on Kamien CD 1, track 71);
In addition, explore the multimedia website for Kamien, Music: An Appreciation, 6th ed.; go to
www.mhhe.com/kamien6, click “Student Edition,” and then from the pull down menu explore Part 1 (you will need
Internet Explorer to use this feature). Click on the links marked “Interactive Chapter” under each section.
WEEK 2: Continue listening to the five online recordings from the opera L’Orfeo (see above). Kamien CD1:
Purcell “Dido’s Lament,” recitative and aria, from Dido and Aeneas, tracks 72–73; “Hit the Road Jack,” Ray
Charles, online; Vivaldi, La Primavera, from The Four Seasons, all three movements: First Movement Allegro,
tracks 1–5, and Second Movement, Largo e pianissimo sempre, track 6; and Third Movement, Danza pastorale,
tracks 7–9.
WEEK 3: CD 1: J.S. Bach, Organ Fugue in G Minor, tracks 68–70; CD 2: J.S. Bach, Suite No. 3 in D Major,
Bourée, tracks 10–11; Cantata No. 140, Wachet auf, ruft uns, die Stimme, Fourth Movement (“Sleepers Awake”),
tracks 12–14, and Seventh Movement, track 15; Handel Messiah, aria “Ev’ry Valley Shall Be Exalted,” track 16,
and “Hallelujah Chorus,” tracks 17–22.
WEEK 4: Haydn String Quartet in B-flat major, Opus 1, no. 1, available online; Kamien CD 2: Mozart, Symphony
No. 40 in G minor, First Movement, tracks 23–31; CD 3: Don Giovanni, Act I Introduction, tracks 1–4; CD 3:
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488, tracks 5–11.
WEEK 5: CD 2: Beethoven, Symphony No. 5, all four movements, tracks 45–69; Beethoven, String Quartet in C
Minor, Op. 18, No. 4, tracks 41–44. Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 (“The Pastoral”), First Movement, available
online; Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor (“The Moonlight Sonata”), all three movements, online.
WEEK 6: CD 3: Schubert, Erlkönig, tracks 12–17, and “Gretchen am spinnrade,” online; Foster, “Jeannie with the
Light Brown Hair,” online; Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique, Fourth Movement (“March to the Scaffold”), tracks
30–33; Paganini, “Caprice No. 24,” available online; Chopin, Étude in C minor (“Revolutionary”), track 29;
Gottschalk, Bamboula Danse des nègres, online reserves; Mendelssohn, Overture to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,
available online.
WEEK 7: CD 3: Dvorák, Symphony No. 9 in E minor (From the New World), First Movement Adagio; Allegro
molto, tracks 41–47; Brahms, Symphony No. 3 in F Major, tracks 48–50; Verdi, “Va pensiero,” from the opera
Nabucco, and “La donna è mobile,” from Rigoletto, both online; CD 4: Wagner, Act I, Love Scene from Die
Walküre, Kamien tracks 1–8, and the Prelude (Vorspiel) to Tristan und Isolde, available online; Bizet, Carmen,
“Habanera,” online; Mahler, Symphony No. 1, First Movement, and from Kindertotenlieder, “Nun will die Sonne,”
both Mahler pieces available online.
WEEK 8: CD 4: Debussy, Prélude é L’Après midi d’un Faune (Prelude to ‘The Afternoon of a Faun’), tracks 9–
15: Stravinsky, Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)—Introduction, Omens of Spring—Dances of the
Youths and Maidens, and Ritual of Abduction, tracks 16–23: Satie, Gymnopedies Numbers 1 & 3, online.
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WEEK 9: CD 4: Schoenberg, "Mondestrunken," from Pierrot Lunaire, track 24; A Survivor from Warsaw, tracks
25–27; Webern, “Third Piece” from Five Pieces for Orchestra, track 28; Ravel, two versions of the “Menuet”
movement of Le Tombeau de Couperin—one for solo piano and the other arranged for orchestra; Tallis, “Why
fum’eth in sight . . . “, and Vaughn Williams, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, both online; Ives, The
Unanswered Question, online; Copland, from Appalachian Spring, “Theme and Variation on ‘Simple Gifts,’” tracks
41–47.
WEEK 10: Kamien CD 4: Cage, Sonata II (from Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano), tracks 47–48; Varèse,
Poème èlectronique (excerpt), tracks 49–50; Shankar, Maru-Bihag, tracks 69–71; The Beatles, “Tomorrow Never
Knows,” “Within You Without You,” and “A Day in the Life,” online; Hendrix, “Purple Haze” and “1983 . . . A
Merman I should Turn to Be,” online reserves, and Dimmu Borgir, “Progenies of the Great Apocalypse,” online;
Cradle of Filth, “Gabrielle,” online.
*PLEASE NOTE: I may revise the list of listening examples as the quarter unfolds, and I will announce any such revisions in
class. In addition, if anyone is having trouble accessing any of the recorded materials, whether in terms of the CD, or online
reserves, please promptly let us know. However, the university’s computer help department, [email protected], can best
address online problems.
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