M06 Journal - Music, Movement and Memory
Please choose ONE of the two prompts to answer. You are not required to address both.
You may sele... [Show More] ct based on your own interest; all that is asked is that you engage your mind and respond with insight and complete thought. Tip: The “Featured Listening” sections in your textbook may help you to apply musical terms accurately as you analyze and reflect on these prompts.
Prompt 1 (Historical):
Claude Debussy originally wrote his prelude, “La Cathédrale engloutie” (The Engulfed Cathedral) for piano. Prepare to answer the questions below by completing the following steps:
1. Review the story (Links to an external site.) on which Debussy’s piece is based.
2. Now listen to a recording of Debussy’s “La Cathédrale engloutie” and reflect on his depiction of the engulfed cathedral with reactive visualizer.
3. Next, without sharing the story it is based on: have a friend or family member listen to this piece .
4. Respond to the following two prompts:
Did Debussy’s music give you the impression of the cathedral emerging from and then sinking back into the water?
How would you describe the sound of the water as Debussy put it to music?
What aspects of the music helped you imagine the old tale?
Your friend’s or family member’s impression:
Write a short explanation of their response to the piece.
Did another kind of story come across?
What mood was communicated?
Prompt 2 (Exposing Music’s Value in Unfamiliar Works):
Select two musical pieces from your course study to date that you had never heard before, and that left a memorable impression on you, to compare. Analyze and report on their musical characteristics.
Then answer the following questions:
1. Why did you select each piece for this comparison? What made each memorable?
2. How are the characteristics of these pieces similar or different?
3. Have these compositions/pieces influenced you to explore other types of music in what you listen to daily?
Select two musical pieces from your course study to date that you had never heard before, and that left a memorable impression on you, to compare. Analyze and report on their musical characteristics. [Show Less]