Name: Institution: Course: Date: Chapter 2: Fair Phyllis This is a piece whereby four voices are singling a cappella without any accompaniments (0:00-0:14). It gives a description of a shepherdess who was not with the other shepherds as they were looking for her all over. It was only one person who saw her as she was sitting alone near a mountain feeding her sheep. She has a lover called Amyntas who is looking for her all over the place wandering through the hills. Eventually he is able to find her and they fall down and they start to kiss. There are several emotions and imaginations raised in this piece. The main imaginations are the changing textures such as homo-rhythmic imitative and monophonic. I have observed from the music that there are changes in the texture of one melody or the monophonic texture as it is in 0:00-0:05 to the to note that the vocalist of the song leads a performance that forces the instruments to follow back after him. Consequently the meaning of this is that the vocalist can be as flexible and as rigid as they like when performing. The fact that the vocalist had all the freedom when performing means that they can manipulate and also play around with the embellishments as they want to. This is because they do not have to follow the accompaniments of the music in a close manner. The main emotions raised in this piece are the emotions of hope. The tone of the piece also suggests hope for the future and also string believe that the night shall vanish and that at the dawn they shall win. The tone of the word “Vincero” is done with confidence and in a loud tone which is prolonged to suggest winning (2:35- 2:50). [...]
For this assignment, I want you to listen to a specified piece of music while giving free reign to where it takes you in your imagination and in your feelings. Listen once just to get an overall impression of the piece. Then listen again, taking notes of your feelings, impressions, and imaginings. You will use these notes to help you write your essay. Make sure that your reactions are directly and sincerely connected to the moods and suggestions of the music – not just random. To do this, you must listen very carefully for the expressive implications that might have been intended by the composer. Write your paper in essay format giving a chronological account (from the beginning of the piece to end) of your reactions, using the timing counter on the player to indicate particular moments that you are referencing. Try to explain what it is about the sound of the music that is producing your reactions at those moments - in other words, the musical reasons for your responses (here you should use some of the relevant terminology and concepts you have learned in the course so far to explain your thinking). NOTE: This is not a research assignment! All written work should be completely original! No information should be copied or paraphrased from any other sources, whether it concerns the history, content, or musical elements that inform the musical pieces. Unoriginal work will compromise the grade for the assignment. Minimum word length: 1080 words.