For this paper, you’ll choose two pieces from two different eras that we study this term that share the same genre. That means, one piece will be from the Romantic era, and the other from a later period such as the 20th or 21st century.
In your paper you’ll examine each piece in more depth than in our previous assignments to make an informed comparison between them. The music that your writing addresses must be linked in a rhapsody playlist you create yourself. A working rhapsody url to that playlist is required to get credit for the assignment. Include a biography at the end of you paper that lists your sources, which should be available on the internet.
Information to include:
Compare the bios of the composers
Compare the changes in the instruments, ensembles or technology between the eras that directly affects the pieces you’ve chosen
Choose a movement from each piece and describe what you hear in the music, using track timings to pinpoint details. What instruments are playing, or what voice range is singing? Point out contrasts: does the tempo speed up or slow down? Is the overall dynamic level louder or softer? How do those changes affect the mood of the piece.
Be sure you include a working rhap url to the music you’ve written about, and a short bibliography at the end of the paper with correct urls to the external web sources you used in your research.
Genres that lend themselves to this assignment most easily are:
Tone poems (symphonic poems)
Concertos (be sure both your concertos use the same featured instrument)
Large scale sacred vocal works such as Mass, Oratorio
Programmatically titled short piano works
Since figuring out the two pieces is tricky, there is a discussion posting that is part of the preparation for this assignment. In discussion posting 2, you are to choose the piece from the Romantic era, write about why that interests you, link it via a rhapsody url. Then, the reply postings should offer something helpful. (more details on that in the discussion forum).
Be sure your rhap url works, and that your bibliography urls are correct. Your paper must include a bibliography to receive full credit. To get any credit at all for the paper, your rhapsody url must work and it must directly link the reader to the music your paper covers.
Turning in your paper:
Save your assignment in a file format the instructor can open. Those are .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf
Be sure you have named your file with your own last name so that it is not easily overwritten by other identically named files. This is a standard requirement in any fully online college course. Examples of good files names for a student named Jane Doe would be jdoeMus301.docx, janeDoeGenrepaper.pdf, etc. Problematic file names that can get lost or overwritten are overly generic, such as musicpaper.doc, musicassignment.pdf, etc.
Upload your file to the assignment drop box located in D2L and linked here as well as several other locations on the home page and in Course Content. If you have never used the dropbox feature in D2L before, this tutorial should help you.
The due date for full credit is Monday March 12th, 11:55 pm Pacific time.
There is a short grace period for late uploads, for partial credit (-30 points) which ends on Thursday March 15th.
The dropbox will be locked at the end of the grace period, and no files whasoever will be accepted after that time.
Because the paper deadline comes at late in the term as possible, there is no additional flexibility beyond the grace period. The instructor will have her hands full grading all the papers for both her courses during that last week of the term. There will be no chance for you to rewrite a failed paper, or to include a rhap url or bibliography that you “forgot.”
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