Monday, September 28, 2009

Extra Credit Blog: Copeland vs. Gershwin

Hello class,
This week, you will be listen to TWO videos to the right.

Write one excellent paragraph that compares the two pieces. In your paragraph, describe the style of the music played, and discuss how the two pieces are different, and how they are similar.

10 pts: You wrote a blog.
10 pts: You compared the two pieces.
10 pts: You contrasted the two pieces.
10 pts: You contrasted the two pieces in a different way.
10 pts: You wrote at least 5 excellent sentences.
10 pts: You used excellent grammar and vocabulary.

This is an extra credit assignment. You cannot lose credit for posting. You can gain up to 60 points.

Please write and submit your post for this assignment by Monday, October 3 for full credit.

In case you can't watch the videos to the right, here are the URL's for the videos:
Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue:
Copeland, Appalachian Spring:


Donald Morgan said...

Aaron's music contained many terrace dynamics. There were a couple of repetive melodies during his piece. Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue sounded like the piece was a piano concerto. It was very interesting how Gershwin made his music and it sounded more complex then Aaron's piece.


The First piece was long and had alot of terrance dynamics. The tempo of the song had variety. I heard alot of violins. This piece was most likeley classical music.However there were alot high pitches not many low and the melody was very focused throughout the song.

The second piece had a piano and the women had alot going on with this piece. In this piece there was also terrance dynamics and the tempo had a variety. The differece between the wo are that the genre of music are differnt this sounds more like folk or jazz.

Ariana Williams said...

The first piece started slow, then it had a part were there were terraced dynamics. In about 2 minutes and 40 seconds in the video is where the dynamics suddenly changes. The second piece was different because it sounds like clear that you would hear in a fancy restaurant or a brunch. The other piece sounded confusing and weird. These pieces are different because one had sudden changes in dynamics and the other one had a hint towards of it was leading to louder dynamics. They are similar because they both sound like they had violins in it.

Devon Dobbs said...

Aaron Copeland's video was very smooth and mellow. The tempo was slow. Later in the song the piece got a little more interesting. It had alot of tarreced dynamics.Just like the Copeland video the Gershwin video started off soft and mellow. The it got dark at some parts of the song.It started with just a piano and the everyone join in, they didn't do that in the first video. Both songs had tarreced dynamics. At the end of Gershwin's video it became very loud and fun. In copland's video it did not have such a grea ending then the Gershwin video.

Aleya Washington said...

Both of these pieces had terraced dynamics and a changing tempo. However, Copland's piece had a coda with a bright timbre towards the middle of the piece and a calming timbre towards the end. While, Greshwin's piece has a classical music and jazz sound.

~FUISCHA~ said...

Copland's piece started off slow, but it eventually had terrace dynamics. The main instrument in this piece was the violin, while the main piece in Gershwin's, "Rhapsody in Blue" was the piano, although both pieces used the violin. The melody of Copland's piece was steady and clear, while the melody of Gershwin's piece was all over the place. Copland had a bright and light timbre. Gershwin's piece was more exciting than Copland's. Copland's pice had a smooth feeling to it.

Christina Wallace said...

The dynamics are moderately soft in the first video. However, towards the middle of the piece, there are terraced dynamics. The dynamics turn into loud, but not moderately loud. I hear mainly strings and horns. The timbre is punchy in the middle of the piece. Near the end, the dynamics are moderately soft, similar to the beginning. Unlike the first video, in the second video, the piano is the main instrument. The second video sounds familiar; I just don’t know where I have heard it from – maybe in a commercial. The violins and piano are the main instruments. Unlike the first video, there are no terraced dynamics. The dynamics increase gradually. Also, in the second video, the camera is focused on the pianist as opposed to the conductor. Both of the videos play classical music pertaining to that era. The second video was more interesting than the first because I have heard that one before. Each piece had some melodies and rhythms that were repeated. In the end of both works, the dynamics were soft, just like they had begun.

Aubrey Stevens said...

the dynamics in the first piece change throughout the piece. The first video was more interested then the second and the third piece as well. In Copland's piece it started off slow and then it gradually went up. In each piece you could hear some violins in them.

Evelyn says said...

Wow, Figaro's Aria was very entertaining ,I thought. The sisnger seemed to be enjoying being "The Baber of Seville." He loves singing opera and puts his all in trying to make his chacter real. He smiles alot when he sings. Also, he makes these funny faces for dramatic effects as his voice elevates. Mostly when towards the middle when the terraced dynamics seem to come in. They were played by the horns and strings.
Lke the first one the singer makes funny faces as well and seems to be having alot of fun. But seems like is her character though. She seems very confident in trying to make " fools of them" and winning her man. I especially love the way she interacts with her audience by reaaching her hands out to them occasionally. She even made me think that she was going to win his heart. Throughout the song I heard no terraced dynamics but heard that the dynamiics gradually increased. The main instrument was the piano.

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