Discuss the entire concert (not only one piece or one segment) in your report. F


Discuss the entire concert (not only one piece or one segment) in your report. Feel free to write in the first person to describe your experiences and to express your opinions. Please structure your report as an essay (not as a series of numbers and answers).
Each paper must have four distinct sections, as outlined below. You must include the aspects that are underlined. The questions following can be used as a launching point to guide the discussion and reflection of your experience. Your paper shouldn’t just be a list of answers to these questions, but provide a detailed description of your experience that reflects the knowledge that you have gained in this class throughout the semester.
1. Basics (15 points):
• The paper is at least four full pages, double-spaced, and discusses the basics of the concert listed
below: up to 5 points
• Proof of concert attendance has been demonstrated by an attached program/ticket stub (COVID:
up to 5 points
• Paper has correct punctuation, spelling, and grammar: up to 5 points
Each grammatical error will deduct one point.
If research material is used from outside the textbook (like the program, for example), please include a citation of the material. Use MLA citation format. If you need help with this citation type, please see: http://library.madonna.edu/research/citation-guides
Describe the basics of the performance, including type, compositions, performers, and location. • When and where did the concert take place?
• How many pieces were performed, and what were they called? (include movements)
• Who were the performers? (ensemble name, soloist names, conductor)
• What type of instruments were played or what type of vocal parts were featured?
• Was there any special purpose to the concert?
• You may include some historical background on the composer and the compositions, but
keep it brief. The focus of this paper is your concert experience.
2. Musical Observations (45 points):
Provide THREE musical observations PER PIECE discussed.
• This should be the bulk of the paper. You’ll want to describe all of the compositions that
appeared on the program (see note below). Explain what they sounded like, the musical elements they contained, and what the performances were like.
• Use the musical vocabulary and concepts we have been learning in class to comment on the music that you are hearing, especially those present in Chapters 1-5.
• Some topics you might want to consider include: rhythm, meter, tempo, pitch dynamics, timbre, scales, melody, harmony, texture, tonality, mode, musical form, character, and musical style.
• Compare the pieces from this performance with other pieces you have studied in the class. You may want to look for a piece by the same composer, the same style period, or the same genre from the performance.
or other
suitable substitution, including a digital image of the program or accessing the material electronically)
:
If the performance involves more than three complete works, or if it is a full-length opera or musical, you may choose three selections (works/scenes/songs) to discuss. The pieces you choose are up to you, however they should be selected from both the first and second halves of the program.
3. Cultural Observations (20 points):
Comment on the behavior of the musicians and audience members as they engage in the concert ritual/tradition.
• Were there any interesting interactions that happened with the musicians, or between the performers and the audience? Was there anything that was confusing/fascinating to you?
• How was the attention of the audience? Quiet? Attentive? Distracting? Bored? Excited? • Is this type of concert experience new to you? Does this experience change the way
you think about live musicians and classical music?
• What do you feel is gained or lost by experiencing the music live instead of a
recording? Do you have a preference?
• What kind of behavioral expectations do performers and audiences bring to the concert?
How are these expectations satisfied or frustrated?
4. Personal Experience (20 points):
Discuss the personal experience that you had to the performance as a whole, discussing each work and its impact upon you.
• What was the emotional reaction you had to each piece? Is what you expected? Did one selection affect you differently than the others?
• What aspect of the experience made the biggest impression on you?
• Did you ever feel uncomfortable? Why? What part of the experience needs to change for you to feel
better about the experience?
• How does the emotional experience of a classical show compare to that of a concert
type you are more familiar with (like rock/pop/jazz.)
• Did this experience change your opinions of classical music?
• How do you see yourself interacting with classical music in the future?
• Would you ever attend another classical concert in the future? Why or why not?


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