Criteria: The length of your paper should be 600-1000 words.
You are expected to use proper grammar and punctuation, along with college level sentence structure and thought organization.
What to Do:
Listen to the selections on the MP3 files provided to you by email. You should listen to these selections several times, each time focusing on a certain aspect of the piece; Structure, Form, Texture, Melody, Instrumentation, Style, Dynamics, Tempo, etc. As you listen, jot notes on your thoughts about these elements of music as a start to your final paper.
When you “analyze” the selections I want you to do more than say whether you liked or disliked the piece, though you certainly can include that information. Use your knowledge of music fundamentals to talk intelligently about each selection. What makes it interesting? What form does the piece have? What style(s) does the composer use? How does the composer use instrumentation/orchestration to express the musical idea? Finally, compare the selections and talk about the similarities and differences as applied to the elements of music listed above. Consult your text book often regarding music fundamentals.
You should include a BRIEF biographical note on the composer and the time period of the composition. This can be done with minimal research and should not be more than a few sentences. This information is important in building an understanding of music, but should not be the major portion of your paper.