Listen to Ives: Country Band March. Is the structure Ives uses a true march structure? Explain your answer. Also, list and explain at least two innovative techniques Ives commonly utilized in his music.
2 Listen to the Copland, Appalachian Spring excerpt . Do you think this piece has a more “accessible” sound than some of the other twentieth century works we have listened to (your opinion)? Why might Copland’s music appeal to a listener more so than Schoenberg’s music (or not)? Try to use some specific music concepts to explain your answer.
3 What three early twentieth century musical forms were original to America? List and explain the three forms, and if they continued to develop throughout the twentieth century.
4 This week you need to watch one movie – either on video, DVD, television, or go to the theater (this works better if you see a film for the second or third time, rather than the first). While watching the film, you are to actively listen to the music and try to objectively observe what role the music plays in the film. Indicate what film you watched, if the music simply supported the film, if the music was an integral part of the story line, or a little of both.
5 Do you think the practice of “sampling” elements of other musician’s work is plagiarism? That is, in past musical periods, composers would “borrow” from one another by writing unique variations on thematic material. Could today’s practices of “sampling” be the same as “borrowing” from other composers? Please explain your answer.
6 Electronic Music began to develop in the 1940’s with advances in technology. What were the two approaches to Electronic music in the 40’s and 50’s, and from which country did each originate? What was the 1970’s evolution of these approaches?