Week 9 – October 28, 2010

| October 31, 2010

We began by finishing the pitch class assignments.

Cynthia – Piano
Almost made the listener forget that there were only five pitches used due to things like the range, deliberate harmonic changes. Had a very specific haunting mood at times. Didn’t want to be Impressionistic but it was hard to get away from this.

Matt – Piano
Had an uneasy feeling of something about to happen. Nice use of overlapped pedals. Some felt a sense of resolution due to a repeated melodic motif despite the lack of a typical resolution.

Mary – Voice & Piano
Nice ascending shape of the music overall that was paired with a decrescendo overall. Was reminiscent of an old folk song. The leap up to the octave seems to be one of her signatures throughout her work so far. The piano accompaniment was very simple and especially effective when it was not supporting her.

Esther – Piano
A riff off “So This Is Love” from Cinderella. The 3/4 time evoked a lot of images like dancing, a carousel and people moving up and down, etc. Very light with a lot of motion as opposed to many of the other pieces we have heard so far which were darker.

Jacquelyn – Flute
Very light and playful, almost explorative. Sounded like some Asian musics because of the pitches used and the timbre.

Irene – Piano
Very surprising ending. The beginning was almost reminiscent of early Copeland and the latter reminiscent of later Copeland. Inspired by Little Red Riding Hood.

In Young – Piano
Could have been a traditional song in a different key and it was made more interesting due to the five pitch classes restriction. One of the few pieces that actually maintained a central tonality through the emphasis of the C and E and repetition throughout the entire piece.

(Bonus: Voice & Piano (Mary & Jacquelyn)

Bonus: Voice & Viola (Mary & James)

Bonus: Piano & Flute (Cynthia & Jacquelyn))

A brief discussion then ensued during the final minutes of class. We talked about how layering pieces together just further develops ear training once we are all used to the original sounds of the five pitch classes and then adding a greater level of difficulty. There are endless possibilities just by changing around different things, changing octaves, pitches, etc.

Read “The Power of Mindful Learning.”

Discussion Question:
What did you take away from reading the Langer book?
What are topics you would like to discuss in class? (I will compile any suggestions and bring them to our discussion on Thursday)