Survey of Western Music History

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Find and post a topically relevant recording of a musical performance (either a live performance or a studio recording), along with your brief 350-word analysis of that example that fits within the focus of the current topic. This assignment’s focus is:

Sacred cantatas and oratorios. All cantatas are fair game, as are all oratorios except Handel’s Messiah. Discuss the salient features of your chosen example, the subject matter, why you chose that example, and what features of Baroque music are prominent throughout.

Choose your music thoughtfully and listen to the music mindfully. Post your media example and form an analysis by demonstrating at least three distinguishing characteristics (such as the prevalent style technique, instrumentation, social context, and so on) that your example displays. In your synopsis, cite specific times in the recording (“4:42,” or “11:27,” for example) where you hear the characteristics or elements take shape. You should also include your general thoughts about the example, including what piqued your interest, and how it might have challenged your expectations or expanded your understanding of music in its historical context. Your embedded media must be functional in order for the assignment to be assessed for a grade.

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