Examples of musical element-rhythm-tempo-melody


Assignment:

Renaissance Period

Listen perceptively to "O Magnum Mysterium" by the Renaissance Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria.

Play "Kyrie" from Missa O Magnum Mysterium by the Renaissance Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria.

In 5 short paragraphs, describe the attributes of the musical selection, according to the following critical criteria:

1. RECOGNIZE AND DESCRIBE:

At least one example of each musical element-rhythm, tempo, melody, harmony, timbre, texture, and form-that occur in this particular composition. Use precise musical terms learned in the course and descriptive adjectives. Examples of descriptive adjectives might include: a "menacing" melody, "triumphant" dynamics, or a "racing" tempo. Use your imagination!

2. DEVELOP:

Your conclusions about what the composer was trying to represent. [Might a "racing" tempo represent an attempt to escape from danger or dancing at a celebration?]

3. INTERPRET:

The composition's emotional value, using language that describes emotional states. Does the music express joy, fear, pleasure, optimism, sadness?

4. EVALUATE:

The composition's creative quality: What makes this composition a valuable work of art?

5. ANALYZE:

The effect that the composition has on you. How does it express aspects of the human condition? Does the music suggest a philosophy for living?

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