Original Listening Guide
• This is an individual assignment, do not work in groups: (pages 2-3 are the worksheet that you will fill out). Files must be submitted in .doc, .docx, or
• Selecting a piece: For your Original Listening Guide, you may select a piece from any genre, style or time period as long as a recording is readily available
on Rhapsody or YouTube (iTunes, CDs, and mp3s are not acceptable).
• Completing the worksheet:
o Background information and questions: On the first page of your worksheet, you will provide background information about the piece and answer some questions
about its basic structure. When in doubt, explain your rationale (this is monophonic because…). For your research:
? Popular music is probably best researched in Google, and related search engines, although there are excellent resources available in the Music Library (in the
Music Building, 3rd floor).
? For Classical Music of the Western Tradition and Jazz, see Grove Music Online (database). As noted in the “Music Research Guide” on Chinook “Grove Music Online
comprises the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers, and The
New Grove Dictionary of Jazz.”
? For World Music, see The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online. These online resources are readily available in Chinook while using an internet connection
on campus. To get access to these online resources off campus, be sure to use a VPN connection (see http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/research/offcampusaccess.htm).
o Identify, describe, and discuss significant events in the piece: On the second page of your worksheet, you will identify 8-10 significant events in the piece
by their timestamps, each of which you will describe and discuss. Timestamps are written in minutes and seconds such as 3:42 or 0:35. Please write in complete
sentences for this section.
? These events may be changes in tempo or meter, changes in instrumentation and/or texture, mood shifts (such as a change from major to minor mode), the entrance
of a soloist, appearance or recurrence of a motive, and so on.
? Provide a brief discussion and/or description of each one. These should include terminology and concepts covered in the textbook chapters on rhythm, melody,
harmony, dynamics, timbre, and form, as well as non-technical descriptions to make your ideas as clear as possible.
Original Listening Guide
Name: Date: November 19, 14
Background Info and Questions
Name of Piece Genre Date Piece Was Written Composer or Songwriter Performing Group Recording Source (library call number,
Naxos catalogue number, or complete YouTube URL) Date of Recording Recording Label Is the piece in duple or triple meter?
Is the piece in major or minor mode? List all instruments and voices used. (identify by ear and/or research the piece to find out) Which instruments
or voices usually have the melody? If the music begins without all of the instruments or voices sounding, write down the timestamps of the other entrances.
If this is a song, does the same melody repeat with different words? If yes, write down the timestamps for the beginning of each repeat. Is the piece in
strophic form, theme and variations form, binary form, rondo form, or is it in a different form entirely? Is the texture of the piece predominantly
monophonic, polyphonic, or homophonic?
Identify and Describe Events
Number Timestamp (M:SS) Event (identify, describe, discuss)
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