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Spring 2017 Music 1A: Advice and Hints for Test #3

We are about a week away from test #3, scheduled for your class’s final exam session. The following list includes some reminders and some advice and a few hints. (If you see this on my home page, please click through to read the rest.)

  1. This is “test #3.” In other words it is NOT a comprehensive final exam. The test focuses on subjects covered since test #2.
  2. The format is very similar to the two previous tests and it is likely that it will take you roughly the same amount of time to complete.
  3. As we have discussed repeatedly for the past few weeks, there are a lot of composers to know about during the eras covered on this test. By working regularly and early on, you should be fine — but don’t wait until the last minute!
  4. A strategy for building some basic knowledge around these eras includes developing “packages” of information for composersmusical ideas and techniques, and forms.
    • For composers, practice writing out lists of composers for each era. For each composer create a “key word” to jog your memory. (“When I say Chopin, you say…”) Be sure to have a few basic key facts about each composer. For each composer be able to name the main piece or pieces we considered, plus something about each piece. Listen to the music a lot for the next week.
    • Especially in the 20th and 21st centuries, link composers to techniques or schools of thought: impressionism, expressionism, atonality, primitivism, serialism, minimalism, electronic music, 12-tone system, neoclassicism, aleatory (chance) music, etc. Be sure you have a basic description of each of these and can cite specific musical pieces for each.
    • Carefully review the general background of each era, both from class coverage and (important!) as covered in your text — this includes general musical characteristics of each era and the general social and historical context as described in the text. What general changes were going on in the Romantic era and in the 20th Century, and how are these reflected in music?
  5. HINT: I’m likely to ask some questions about your thinking regarding 20th and 21st century music. I am not going to be so interested in just your general subjective reaction to the era, but I am going ask for that and then some explanation of the reasons justifying and explaining your choice.
    1. For example, what composer from the 20th/21st century era do you think will eventually be regarded as the most important, and what evidence can you cite to support your view?
    2. Which of the American composers covered in the text or in class might be most important and, again, what evidence can you provide?
    3. Of all of the different new ideas and the techniques of 20th and 21st century music, which one do you think that people of the future will look back at as being most influential and important… and why? (One more hint: “I like it” may be true, but it won’t be a very strong answer here!)

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