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This forum is provided to discuss, as a class, the following musical examples (highlighted in blue) and information for Part 5 of the etext.
Romanticism in music refers to the extreme emotional expression. In Chapter 22, we discover a new wave of emotional story-telling in music. Many musicologists call this American movement ‘Neo-Romanticism’. Listen to the following musical works and share your thoughts and ideas with your peers in the discussion forum.
Performance #1: On the Transmigration of Souls by John Adams
Performance #2: Blue Cathedral by Jennifer Higdon – (music begins at 3’30”) This performance is by our very own, Award-winning, Austin Civic Orchestra featuring ACC’s Flute professor, Sharon Davis.
Performance #3: selections from La Pasion segun San Marcos by Osvaldo Golijov
Movement 2: Danza del Pescador Pescado
Movement 28: Silencio
Movement 32: Crucifixion
Possible Discussion Topics:
What are the stories that are being told in these works?
Which ones are ‘programmatic’ in the story-telling and which are giving the ‘impression’ of an event/scene?
Which composers of the above listed works were awarded Pulitzer Prize for composition?
What musical elements do these composers use to convey their titles or programs?
How does the availability of increasingly diverse musical styles in the 21st century give contemporary musicians more expressive options?
After listening to Adams’ On the Transmigration of Souls:
What do you feel the music is asking us to remember about the victims of 9/11 and the events of that fateful day?
In the statements made by the voices, how does the instrumental music surrounding them effect your emotional reaction?
Does Adams’s music reveal a message about the future?
Higdon’s Blue Cathedral:
Is one of several 20th- & 21st-century composers who claim that music correlates to color.
Do you associate music or sound with color?
What kinds of music or sounds do you associate with the different works above?
Some of the following techniques and musical elements may be present in one or more of these works…discuss their uses in these works.
Repetition is used as a common idea throughout the musical work. This ‘glues’ everything together.
Dissonance or Consonance (page 14)? How are they presented in these works?
Instrumentation: What instruments do you hear?
Minimalism: Layering ideas, one upon another – do these works use this technique? Which ones and how?
Latin influences in rhythms: Which work presents this element? How does it effect the story the composer is trying to tell?

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