Thursday, January 10, 2013


To all students enrolled in the Winter 2013 classes:

Take a look at the following links relating to our topic for Week 1 -- "European Nationalism in 19th Century Classical Music"

1.  Read through the Lecture notes for Week 1. The link is labeled "European Nationalism in 19th Century Classical Music." I  (or Tony) will be covering this material in next week's class.

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2.  Read the excerpt from Daniel Goldmark's excellent book on Hollywood cartoon music, "Tunes for Toons." The introduction is available as a pdf link on the same page as the lecture notes.
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3. Consider doing your required research presentation on the topic of European Nationalism. What country and composer would you choose? Here are the guidelines for presentations on this topic:

  1. WHO was he and WHEN did he live? Present key biographical details, including musical highlights relevant to the theme of  Nationalism as a Political Force in 19th Century Europe.
  2. WHY was he a nationalist? Present the political and cultural environment of the country in which the composer lived.
  3. HOW was the music nationalistic? 
    1. Did it use folk musical style or mythology? (as in the Russian “Five”) 
    2. Did it use a folk tale or national legend (as in Wagner’s operas)?
    3. Did it play a role in the politics of the time?  (as in Verdi’s music.)
    4. Present a musical work that demonstrates the above points.

  4. If possible, also present an animated or live-action film clip that uses the composer’s music.


A Research Presentation on the topic of  European Nationalism is one of the four grade evaluations for this course (the others are a musical Leica reel and two quizzes.)  Due to several factors, students in the Monday classes will make presentations with a partner. Students in the Wednesday class, which is much smaller in size, will make individual presentations.

These Presentations will begin in Week 3. You can sign up by sending me an email at the address above. Tell me in the email which country and composer you would like to present. I will manage the topics for suitability and to ensure that there are no duplications.

I encourage you to present early, as the workload in your other courses, especially the Group film, increases hugely through the semester. Students presenting in Week 3 will receive an automatic 10 point bonus for going first.

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