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Using the two lists below, identify one Western musical choice and one non-Western musical choice. You may also choose your own examples from YouTube as long as you provide a link. The critical thinking checklist will help you gather the evidence to support your assertion that you have chosen a Western or a non-Western musical style/choice. For each piece of music, write at least 1 paragraph that fully explains all of the items on the critical thinking checklist.
Critical Thinking Checklist:
What year was the song created? Where was the song created?
Who is the musician/group of musicians?
What instruments were used in the song?
What background details can I find about the group/musicians?
Is there any cultural or religious significance to the song?
What elements of music are present? (for example: Rhythm, Tempo, Pitch and Scale, Melody, Harmony, Dynamics, Tone Color/Timbre)
What do I hear?
What similarities and differences can I hear between my two choices?
Gregorian chant: Alleluia…vidimus stellam
Josquin des Prez, Ave Maria, virgo serena
Weelkes, As Vesta was from Latmos Hill Descending
Vivaldi, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, “La Primavera,” 1st mvmt.
Bach, Brandenburg Concerto no. 5, 1st mvmt.
Handel, Hallelujah chorus, from “Messiah”
Mozart, Symphony no. 41, “The Jupiter,” 4th mvmt
Beethoven, Piano Sonata no. 14, 1st mvmt. (“The Moonlight”)
Chopin, Etude in C minor, “The Revolutionary”
Bruckner, Symphony no. 4, “The Romantic,” 1st mvmt.
Debussy, Clair de lune
Schoenberg, Modestrunken from “Pierrot Lunaire”
Stravinsky, Dumbarton Oaks Concerto, 1st mvmt.
Reich, Music for Six Pianos
China: music for pipa and flute
Northern Canada: Inuit throat singing
Japan: traditional Kabuki theater music
Java: music for gamelan ensemble
New Zealand: Maori haka and chant
Senegal, West Africa: live griot performance
North America: Sioux tribal chants
India: traditional Hindu music
Australia: aboriginal didgeridoo music
East Africa: traditional Somali bride and groom dance
Tibet: Gelug monks throat singing
Vietnam: traditional folk music
Bolivia: traditional folk music
Southeastern Russia: traditional Tartarian folk song
Serbia: Goranine cafanine
Respond to the following prompt:
Choose a work of music; it can be either Western or Non-Western. In a well-written paragraph (a minimum of 4-5 clear sentences, if not more), critique this work on an evaluative level (you might want to refer to Practice Exercise #1). What do you like about the work? Is there anything that you don’t like about it? Explain. And finally, in a minimum of at least 2 clear sentences, answer the following: what is your favorite genre of music? Why? Explain.