The Impressionist and Modern Eras. Name: ___________________________________Date: _________________. Impressionism. 1880 – 1925. Dates:. Represented water & light. Characteristic 1: Characteristic 2: Characteristic 3:. Used whole tone scale. Distinctly French. Whole tone scale.
The Impressionist and
Name: ___________________________________Date: _________________
1880 – 1925
Represented water & light
Used whole tone scale
Whole tone scale
C D E F# G# A#
C# D# F G A B
All whole steps
Influential 4th/5th harmony, water music
Orchestral Impressionism - Bolero
“Before I compose a piece, I walk
several times, accompanied
1866 – 1925
1. Unusual person
2. Got rid of elements of music such as time signature
3. Wrote “furniture music”
1900 to present
Logical and mathematical
Abandons tonality (no key)
Use classical rules of structure and composition, but create new, 20th century sound.
12 tone composition
Piece that uses all 12 notes before it returns to repeat a note.
Not in any key.
Very little movement, few note names, slow changes.
Not used in western music until modern – smaller than a half step (cannot produce on piano)
Aleatoric music – relies on some chance to determine how it is performed (dice, darts, etc.)
12 tone music
Rite of Spring –
in orchestra style
“What is sound?”
Listening Activity #1
Piece Title Year Descriptive Word Like Y/N
Concerto for Cello and Orch.
Fanfare for the Common Man
West End Blues
Concerto in F
“Cool” from W.S.S.
Listening Activity #2
Respond to this question while listening to music from the Rite of Spring.
Why do you think people reacted so violently to the performance of the Rite of Spring? Would it be possible for you to go to a concert and have that kind of reaction?
Listening Activity #3
How does each piece give you the feeling of war victims? Think. Each answer is worth three points: 1) Complete sentence, 2) Includes at least one unique descriptive adjective (not the same adjective for each piece) and 3) Includes at least one musical term (melody, harmony, dynamics, timbre, tempo, etc.)
Example: This piece has harsh sounding harmonies which represent the painful emotions that victims in war experience.
Piece 1: A Survivor From Warsaw
Piece 2: A Quartet for the End of Time
Piece 3: Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima
Piece 4: Black Angels
Listening Activity #4
Sounds You Hear Music? Why or why not?
Listening Activity #5
Why it IS music Why it ISN’T music