Collin County Community College District

Professor Rebecca Ringer

BM, Furman University
MM, Manhattan School of Music
PhD, University of North Texas

Music Appreciation, Fall 2008 Syllabus

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Assignment 9, Fall, 2008 (complete both essays for a total of 80 points)

Essay 1 (1-2 pages)

1. Your book states that late 20th century composers “have offered answers for other composers in regard to the fundamental question of modern music—how to create cogent new music in a world marked by increasing cultural diversity and artistic fragmentation.” Select three varied compositions from the chapters discussing 20th century music (do NOT write about Stravinsky's Rite of Spring in your answer – you may include Debussy and Ravel) and discuss their musical styles, structures, and aesthetic as well as social movements that influenced their development.








Essay 2 (1-2 pages)

2. Twentieth-century music rarely evokes a passive response. Audiences tend to love or despise compositions. Discuss one movement (you may also include Debussy and Ravel) that appeals to you as well as one you find repelling (choose different pieces than you chose for #1 - and do NOT write about Stravinsky's Rite). Offer logical and rational explanations for your subjective opinions.






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