MUS 1P • Department of Music • Fall 2017

Introduction to Musical Concepts

LIU Post • Long Island University

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    For Your Ears – and Eyes too (IOS compatible except where noted)

  • Music PlayerThe music of Aaron Copland (1900-90) (How many do you recognize?)
  • Music PlayerMusic from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque eras
  • Music PlayerMusic from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries
  • Music PlayerMusic from the 50s (How it all started)
  • Videos - a follow-up to our discussion of meter in music. Count along as you watch
  • Music Player: Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 16 in C (All three movements)
  • Flash Movie: First page of Mozart's sonata
    Music for the page you received in class
  • Music Player: No Dice. Beirut
    As discussed in class, listen to this song while you visualize an ACID XPress screen in your mind. Imagine listening to a song you're working on as you watch the cursor move across the screen. Imagine the different loops in your song starting to play at different times. Now, count how many different "loops" you hear in this song. Imagine how this song might look in ACID. How many loops do you hear? (Used several years ago in this commercial)
  • Video: A very interesting video of J.S. Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor
    An example of Baroque Era music. More on "Toccata" (Baroque Toccata). More on "Fugue". As we did in class, in the fugue section listen for the different voices entering, imitating the preceding voices. Listen for any "repeating" ideas.
  • Video: Another Fugue from J.S. Bach - Fugue 20 in A minor
    An example of Baroque Age music. Listen (and watch) as the different parts enter, each a separate independent voice.
  • Video: Handel's Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah
    An example of Baroque Age music.
  • Video: Beethoven's Symphony No 5 in C min
    An example of music from The Classical Period
  • Video: Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring
    One of the most exciting, and controversial, pieces in the world of classical music, When it premiered in 1913 it caused a sensation and a near-riot. Read more about it in Chapter 46 of our textbook and at Wikipedia.
  • Video: Translating Great African Composers with guitarist Derek Gripper
    This video is an excellent lesson in hearing music "horizontally". Listen for the bass, then the accompaniment, then the melody - he makes it very easy to hear each "layer" as they're played simultaneously.

    Free Software

  • Get ACID XPress (free version of ACID for PC. MAC users, you have Garage Band)
  • ACIDPlanet (listen to what others are doing with ACID)
  • Use this search to find free ACID loops to download
  • Audacity (audio editing software for PC and MAC)