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Concert Report Assignment

Columbia University's Sonic Glossary: a homegrown resource for all manner of musical terms; illustrated with appropriate listening examples.

Music Humanities Webpage: The link to the online reserves: full-length recordings available online; a concert report guide; a major-minor training environment; and more.

A website put together by the Music HUM department listing various concert venues.

The New Yorker's Alex Ross's guide to cheap seats

Time Out NY's online classical and opera listings.

The Calendar for New Music: listings of new music concerts.

The Pages

Listed Alphabetically by composer's last name / page title

John Adams: News Has a Kind of Mystery from Nixon in China
Kofi Agawu, "Theory and Practice in the Analysis of the Nineteenth-Century 'Lied'" Music Analysis, Vol. 11, #1 (March, 1992), pages 3-13, 30
Anonymous: Kyrie IV
Anonymous (Tuotilo?): Kyrie Cunctipotens Genitor
Anonymous, Codex Calixtinus: Kyrie Cunctipotens Genitor
Anonymous: L'Homme Arme
Anonymous: Puer Natus Est
Aristotle: Poetics Chapters 1, 6 (read only the first five paragraphs) and 14(chapters 1 and 6 are in Section 1; chapter 14 is in Section 2)
Augustine on Music

Milton Babbitt: "Who Cares If You Listen" originally published in High Fidelity February 1958
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
J.S. Bach: Cantata 106: Gottes Zeit ist die Allerbester Zeit
J.S. Bach: Fugue in C Minor from The Well Tempered Clavier, book 1
J.S. Bach: Prelude in C Major from The Well Tempered Clavier, book 1
Christopher Ballantine, "Charles Ives and the Meaning of Quotation in Music" Musical Quarterly Vol. 65, No. 2, (April 1979) 167-184
Beethoven as a Person
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony Number 9 in D minor
Ludwig van Beethoven: Variations on God Save the King
Boulez: Structures
Bukofzer: "Speculative Thinking in Medieval Music" Speculum, April 1942

John Cage: Music of Changes
Mark Carroll: Commitment or Abrogation? Avant-Garde Music and Jean-Paul Sartre's Idea of Committed Art Chant Notation from Early Days to the Present
St. John Chrysostom on Music
selections from Johanes Ciconia: Nova Musica on musical symbolism
Johanes Ciconia: Sus un fontayne
The Council of Trent
Henry Cowell, Charles Ives from "American Composers on American Music" (1933) p. 128-145
George Crumb: Todas las Tardes from Ancient Voices of Children

Claude Debussy: Voiles
Josquin Despres: Sanctus, Benedictus from Missa Hercules dux Ferrariae
Guillaume Dufay: Kyrie from Missa L'Homme Arme
Guillaume Dufay: Nuper Rosarum Flores / Terribilis ist locus iste
John Dunstable: Preco preheminenciae / Precursor premititur / Internatus mulierum

Early Opera: Some Perspectives

Gaucelm Faidit: Fortz chausa es
Brian Ferneyhough: L'Chute d'Icare

George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Philip Glass: Akhnaten, Prelude

Charles Ives: Tom Sails Away; "Thanksgiving" from New England Holidays

Pope John XXII: Papal Bull Docta Sanctorum

Lawrence Kramer, "The Harem Threshold: Turkish Music and Greek Love in Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy'" 19th Century Music, Vol. 22, no. 1 (Summer, 1998) pp.78-90
Kramer: MIDI versions of the examples in the articleExample 1; Example 2; Example 3

Alvin Lucier: I am Sitting in a Room

Guillaume de Machaut: Kyrie from Messe de Notre Dame
Susan McClary, "The Blasphemy of Talking Politics during Bach Year" in Leppert, Raymond and McClary, Susan Music and Society: The Politics of Composition, Performance and Reception (Cambridge, 1987); pp. 13 - 41; 55 - 62
Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry: Better Day
The Meter Identification Game
Raymond Monelle: Exceprts from Linguistics and Semiotics in Music
The Monteverdi/Artusi controversy
Claudio Monteverdi: Cruda Amarilli
Claudio Monteverdi: Mentre Vaga Angioletta (pdf)
Claudio Monteverdi: Orfeo
Libretto to Orfeo - scroll down on the page for links
Claudio Monteverdi: Si ch'io vorrei morire
Wolfgang Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, mvt. 3
Wolfgang Mozart: A letter from Mozart to his father
Wolfgang Mozart: Non so pił cosa son, cosa faccio
Wolfgang Mozart: Symphony Number 9, mvt. 4
Wolfgang Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G Minor

Luigi Nono: Como una ola de fuerza y luz
Luigi Nono: Il Canto Sospeso, mvt. 2
Letter from Notker to Liutwald
Michael Nyman: Foreward and Preface to Experimental Music
Michael Nyman: Experimental Music: Ch. 1: Toward a Definition of Experimental Music

Johannes Ockeghem: Agnus Dei from Missa L'Homme Arme
on Oral and Written Tradition
Ordo Romanus XVII
The origins of Consonance

Giovanni Palestrina: Credo from Missa Papae Marcelli
Perotin: Alleluia Nativitas gloriose virginis
Perotin: Beata Viscera
Perotin: Viderunt
selections from Plato's Republic
selections from Plato's Timaeus
Henry Purcell: An Evening Hymn

Steve Reich: Piano Phase
Rhythm and Meter: An Introduction
Ritornello Form
Lewis Rowell: Thinking About Music: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Music (selections) - AT COURSEWORKS

selections from The Rule of Saint Benedict

Schoenberg on Composition with Twelve Tones
Arnold Schoenberg: Farben from Five Pieces for Orchestra
Arnold Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire
Schoenberg: A Survivor from Warsaw
Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe
Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Timbre: An Introduction
Tonality part one: What is Tonality?
Tonality part two: the development of modern tonality
Tonality part three: scales
Marvin Trachtenberg: Architecture and Music Reunited etc. - at JSTOR

Bernard de Ventadorn: Can vei la lauzeta mover
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for oboe, bassoon, strings and continuo

Wagner on his Break from Operatic Tradition
Richard Wagner: Tristan and Isolde
Wagner: Tristan and Isolde: Libretto Act One
Wagner: Tristan and Isolde: Libretto Act Two
Wagner: Tristan and Isolde: Libretto Act Three
Rob Walker: "The Song Decoders" New York Times Magazine, October 18, 2009
Charles W. Warren, "Brunelleschi's Dome and Dufay's Motet"
Warren: Footnotes to some terminology in the article Brunelleschi's Dome and Dufay's Motet
Anton Webern: Symphony, op. 21

Iannis Xenakis: Achorripsis

Listening Exercises

Listening Exercise #1
Listening Exercise #2
Listening Exercise #3
Listening Exercise #4
Listening Exercise #5
Listening Exercise #6: An Introduction to Meter
Listening Exercise #7
Listening Exercise #8
Listening Exercise #9

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