Assignment: Classical Concert



Assignment: Classical Concert

Assignment: Classical Concert

Write a report about the New York Philharmonic concert performance following guidelines in the “Guide to Writing a Concert Report” and standards listed in the Concert Report Rubric.

Include the following:

1) Concert performer(s) and program content, including title and composer as performed in sequence (10%)

(2) Details of the performance venue, including venue, arrangement of musicians and instruments, descriptions of instruments,and audience responses (20%)

(3) Musical elements for each of the four movements (listed below) following the “Guide to Writing a Concert Report” – use time marks (00:00) as a reference in the narrative (70%)

1) Concert performer(s) and program content, including title and composer as performed in sequence (10%)

(2) Details of the performance venue, including venue, arrangement of musicians and instruments, descriptions of instruments,and audience responses (20%)

(3) Musical elements for each of the four movements (listed below) following the “Guide to Writing a Concert Report” – use time marks (00:00) as a reference in the narrative (70%)

Show that you’ve learned something in this course. Use your newly developed musical vocabulary. Don’t say, for example, “The instruments moved the melody around.” Rather, say specifically, “The violins convincingly effected a modulation of the theme through different keys from 0:45-1:24.” (Which keys doesn’t matter; you’d have to have perfect pitch to know that, and only 1 person in 10,000 has perfect pitch.)
Use correct vocabulary. Please don’t call an overture or a set of instrumental variations a “song.” This will drive your instructor berserk. It is a piece, composition, work, oeuvre, symphonic movement, and so on. Unless there is a text and your piece is sung, it is not a song.
800 word count minimum required for credit.

Assignment: Classical Concert

Assignment: Classical Concert

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.


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