Music research paper
You will write this paper as a result of your research about the piece plus your detailed observations gained by careful listening to that entire piece. Only pieces from this list are acceptable for the paper.
W. A. Mozart Symphony #40 in g minor, K.550
W. A. Mozart Symphony #41 in C Major, K.551
W. A. Mozart Piano Concerto #23 in A Major, K.488
L. van Beethoven Symphony #6 in F Major, Op. 68
L. van Beethoven Symphony #7 in A Major, Op. 92
L. van Beethoven Symphony #8 in F Major, Op. 93
L. van Beethoven Symphony #9 in d minor, Op. 125
L. van Beethoven Piano Concerto #1 in C Major, Opus 15
L. van Beethoven Piano Concerto #3 in c minor, Opus.37
L. van Beethoven Piano Concerto #4 in G Major, Opus 58
In your paper, include the following:
Title of piece and composer
List of the movements, with a static Naxos url for each
Some biographical info you found in your research that pertains directly to the piece. (Do not recap the entire life of the composer in this paper). For instance: When was the piece written? What was going on in the composer’s life at that time?
Any unique facts you found in your research about this piece. For instance, does it have an unusual number of movements? List its nickname, if it has one. Is there something unique about this work that no other composer had tried before? Was part of this piece used in later centuries as an anthem, or theme music for some organization, or adapted for a movie score, etc.? What did other composers think of it?
At least two specific musical observations for each movement. Describe what you hear in your own words, use an internal track timing ( minutes: seconds) to help the reader find what you are referring to. For instance: “The first movement begins slowly and quietly, at 02:31 there is an abrupt and unexpected change of speed and many more instruments join in making it much louder. I believe I hear trumpets with the main melody. The slow, introductory material returns near the end at 11:17.” A recurring problem in some of the weaker papers I read in this course is usually that there is no evidence the music itself was studied carefully.