Listening Exercise 2
Much of medieval music has come down to us in multiple manuscripts that differ in detail but remain the same in shape. As in the first listening exercise, the purpose of this exercise is for you to hear directionality and shape in a phrase of music. That is, to hear a melody moving in certain directions rather than as individual notes. This exercise asks you to match up a pattern that you see with something you hear.
In the Part One, I ask you to match up squiggly lines (pardon my Photoshop artistic skills) with melodies.
Part Two asks you to imagine the squiggly lines. What you see is a musical melody. You are asked to match the melody with one of the six recorded examples from troubadors, other medieval secular music, and chant. Some of you may find it helpful to fill in the lines between the notes in this set. It is more important for you to be listening for shape of the melody than for exact notes. In some cases I have marked off phrases within the melodies (with lines drawn halfway or fully through the staff at important structural points), either at pauses in the melody or at major rhythmic moments.
Part One uses midi files; Part Two uses mp3 files. All are designed to pop up in a separate window (at least on my Macintosh).
In doing this exercise, I recommend you print out the page with the music before you try to match the recordings as you will be more able to see all the melodies.
Please write your answers on a sheet of paper and turn them in. Thank you.