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VACATION HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS for

Mr. Joshua GEROWITZ


ALL MUSIC CLASSES


Instructions:

1. Choose one of the musical artists listed below to do a report on.
2. Listen to their music and find something you like.
3. Write a short report on the person.
4. When we return from break, read your presentation to the class and show your classmates some of the music you have discovered.

(Underlined words are musical styles and suggested song titles are in parentheses)

Gregorian Chant
Palestrina (O Bone Jesu and Exsultate Deo)

Baroque
Vivaldi (Four Seasons, Gloria)
Bach (Well Tempered Clavier, Goldberg Variations, Mass in B minor, Cello suites)

Classical
Mozart (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Requiem)
Beethoven (Moonlight Sonata, Symphonies 3 and 5, Fur Elise)

Romantic
Brahms (Symphony no. 1, Lullaby, Piano Concerto no. 1 in D minor)
Verdi (Otello, La Traviata)
Chopin (Piano Works)
Wagner (Ride of the Valkyries, Tristan und Isolde)

NeoClassical
Stravinsky (Rite of Spring, Petrushka)
Bartok (Music for Strings Percussion and Celesta, Bluebeards Castle)

12 Tone
Webern (Symphony op. 21, String Quartet op. 28)
Berg (Lulu, Wozzeck)
Shoenberg (Pierrot Lunaire, String Quartet in D major)

Experimental
John Cage (Music of Changes, Imaginary Landscape no. 4)
Philip Glass (Music in 5ths, Einstein on the Beach)
Stockhausen (Gesang der Jünglinge, Klavierstücke)
Bunita Marcus
Laurie Anderson
Sofia Gubaidulina
Pauline Oliveros

American
Charles Ives (Central Park in the Dark, The Unanswered Question)
Aaron Copland (Fanfare For The Common Man, Appalachian Spring)
Ruth Crawford (Seeger)

Bebop
Charlie Parker (Blues for Alice, Donna Lee)
Thelonious Monk (Blue Monk, Round Midnight)

Swing
Louis Armstrong (What A Wonderful World, Basin Street Blues)
Duke Ellington (Solitude, Take the A Train, Caravan, It Don’t Mean A Thing, In A Sentimental Mood)
Billie Holiday
Ella Fitzgerald

Big Band
Count Basie (Atomic Basie)
Benny Goodman (Stompin at the Savoy)

Showtunes/American Classical
George Gershwin (Rhapsody in Blue, Summertime, It Aint Necessarily So, I’ve Got Rhythm)

Ragtime
Scott Joplin (The Entertainer, Maple Leaf Rag)

Free Jazz
Ornette Coleman (The Shape of Jazz to Come, Song X)
Cecil Taylor (Unit Structures)
Sun Ra

Hard Bop
Horace Silver (Song for My Father, Senor Blues, Lonely Woman)
Wayne Shorter (Footprints, Black Orpheus, Nefertiti)
Herbie Hancock (Chameleon, Maiden Voyage, Watermelon Man)
Sonny Rollins (St. Thomas, Tenor Madness, Oleo)

AACM
Wadada Leo Smith (Certainty, Martin Luther King Jr.)
Henry Threadgill (Very Very Circus)
Art Ensemble of Chicago (People in Sorrow])
Amina Claudine Myers

More Jazz
John Coltrane (Giant Steps, A Love Supreme, My Favorite Things)
Miles Davis (All Blues, Shhh/Peaceful, Tune Up, Solar, Seven Steps to Heaven, On the Corner, Concerto De Aranjuez, Birth of the Cool)
Alice Coltrane
Esperanza Spalding

Extra Credit
Go to a jazz, classical, art or academic music concert. Provide evidence that you did in fact go. Share some insightful observations with your class.