Cal Poly SLO - Department of Music

Course Information - Music 325 (America's Music) - Spring 2011

 

Professor: Dr. Alyson McLamore                                                                                                                   Office Phone: 756-2612

Office:  132 Davidson Music Center                                                                                                                                                                    

Email: amclamor@calpoly.edu                                                                           Web Site: http://cola.calpoly.edu/~amclamor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Office Hours: Tues 11-12; Wed 1:30-3:30; Thurs 12-1 and by appointment—just ask!

 

Course Description:  Music 325 is a survey course that will examine many (but certainly not all!!) manifestations of music in the United States.  The course will consist of lecture/discussions, a performance project, guided and independent listening, a paper, and periodic examinations.

 

Materials: Textbook and CDs:  America's Musical Landscape, by Jean Ferris (sixth edition), Boston, Mass: McGraw - Hill, 2010.  Please do your reading done before each class meeting.  Take notes!

 

         Supplemental Listening - recordings will be available for listening via loaner cds from the Music Department          

 

         Score Anthology and Reader: I have prepared an anthology that contains scores for many of the pieces we will be studying this quarter.  There is also a course reader that contains other support materials; I will be charging you a nominal fee to cover the photocopying costs.  Please bring your anthology and reader with you to every class meeting.

 

Prerequisites: Music 105 (Music 120 recommended)

 

Course Requirements: 

 

I. Two Midterm Exams, on April 21 and May 12 (25% each). 

 

II. A Final Exam, on June 9 (25%). 

 

III. A Group Project, which will consist of a substantial presentation and performance of some aspect of American music.  Groups should have at least three members, but no more than five (although you may bring in additional “guest” performers if necessary).  Guidelines are in the Reader.  (25%)

 

IV. Regular and Prompt Attendance is Required.  If, through some unfortunate circumstance, you are absent or tardy, I ask that you provide me with an explanation.  Repeated absences or tardies for reasons that appear to be within your control will hurt your grade. 

 

V. All components of the course must be completed in order to receive a passing grade. Failure to meet your presentation due date will normally result in failing the course, unless you have met with me beforehand and we have agreed on a valid reason for a deadline extension.


 Course Outline - Music 325 - America's Music - Spring 2011

“S” or “T” indicates that a score (or the text) of the piece appears in the Score Anthology (or in the Reader); "F" indicates that the recording is in the Ferris set; "C" indicates that the recording is on the supplemental CDs

 

Week 1    Mar 29     Tues.          Introduction                                                                                                     Reading Pages:

                                                                             F-I-2              Traditional - Yeibichai Chant Song (excerpt) (:57)

                                                                             F-I-3              Traditional - Sioux Grass Dance (excerpt) (:55)

 

                       Mar 31     Thurs.       No Class Meeting - Cesar Chavez Holiday

 

Week 2    April 5      Tues.          The Native Tradition                                                                                                                     12­–27

                                                                    S      C-I-1              Traditional - Navajo Circle Dance Song (:56)

                                                                    S      C-I-2              Traditional - Zuni Lullaby (:53)

                                                                    S      C-I-3              Traditional - Cherokee Stomp Dance (2:38)

                                                                             C-I-4              Traditional - Arapaho Ghost Dance (:53)

                                                                    S      C-I-5              Traditional - Alaskan Eskimo Young Boy's Haircut (:26)

                                                                    S      C-I-6              Traditional - Alaskan Eskimo Box Drum Song (:45)

                                                                             C-I-7              Traditional - Quechan Night Hawk Dance (1:11)

 

                       April 7      Thurs.       The Colonies - Sacred                                                                                                                  44–58

                                                                    S      F-I-11           Bourgeois - Old Hundred (excerpt) - 1612 (:24)

                                                                    S      F-I-15           Read - Sherburne - 1785 (:57)

                                                                    S      F-I-14           Billings - When Jesus Wept - 1770 (1:16)

                                                                    S      F-I-13           Billings - Chester - 1778 (1:28)

                                                                    S      C-I-8              Antes - Surely He has Borne Our Griefs - c. 1795 (2:46)

 

Week 3    April 12   Tues.          The Colonies - Secular; Groups should be chosen                            28–43; 59–64

                                                                    T     F-I-5              Traditional - Barbara Allen (2:48)

                                                                    T     C-I-9              Traditional - Springfield Mountain (2:23)

                                                                    S      C-I-10           Sumaya - Sol-fa de Pedro - 1715 (7:34)

                                                                    S      C-I-11           Traditional - "Alknomook" (Tammany) - 1794 (2:08)

 

                       April 14   Thurs.       The Colonies - Political                                                                                                               64–67

                                                                    S      C-I-12           Boyce - The Liberty Song - 1768 (3:23)                                                   

                                                                    T     C-I-13           Boyce - Parody upon a Well-Known Liberty Tune - 1768 (2:58)

                                                                    S      F-I-16           Traditional - Yankee Doodle (:46)

                                                                    S      C-I-14           Phile - Hail, Columbia - 1798 (1:47)

                                                                    T     C-I-15           Smith - To Anacreon in Heav'n - 1771 (5:17)

 

Week 4    April 19   Tues.          The Colonies - Growth of Art Music                                                                                             

                                                                    S      C-I-16           Billings - Lamentation over Boston (part) - 1778 (4:53)

                                                                    S      C-I-17           Billings - Jargon - 1778 (:19)

                                                                    S      C-I-18           Law (?) - Bunker Hill - 1775 (1:44)

                                                                    S      C-I-19           Traditional - Lady Hope's Reel (1:10)

                                                                    S      C-I-20           Carr - The Federal Overture - 1794 (7:58)

 

                       April 21   Thurs.       Exam I  

 

Week 5   April 26   Tues.         19th-C Vernacular Tradition; Group Contract due                           75–81; 85–94

                                                                    S      F-I-18           Traditional - Amazing Grace (4:19)

                                                                    S      F-I-10           Traditional - No More Auction Block for Me (2:09)

                                                                    S      F-I-19           Traditional - Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen (1:58)

                                                                    S      C-II-1            Lowry - Beautiful River - 1878 (1:57)

                                                                    S      C-II-2            Webster - Sweet By and By - 1867 (3:31)

                                                                    S      F-I-21           Emmett - Dixie's Land - 1860 (3:31)

                                                                    S      F-I-23           Foster - Oh! Susanna - 1848 (1:15)

                                                                    S      C-II-3            Foster - Old Folks at Home - 1851 (2:28)

                                                                    S      F-I-22           Foster - I Dream of Jeanie - 1854 (3:17)

 

                       April 28   Thurs.       19th Century - Vernacular Tradition                                                     94–103; 127–136

                                                                    S      C-II-4            Gilmore - When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again - 1863 (1:52)

                                                                    S      C-II-5            Hill Hewitt - All Quiet Along the Potomac Tonight - 1862 (5:21)

                                                                    S      F-I-29           Sousa - The Stars and Stripes Forever - 1897 (3:11)

                                                                    S      F-I-30           Joplin - Maple Leaf Rag - 1899 (3:04)

                                                                    S      C-II-6            Joplin - Euphonic Sounds - 1909 (3:53)

                                                                             C-II-7            Joplin - Maple Leaf Rag (Jelly Roll Morton) - 1938 (2:42)

                                                                    S      C-II-8            Morton - King Porter Stomp - 1939 (2:56)

 

Week 6    May 3       Tues.          19th Century - Cultivated Tradition                                                                                  81–84

                                                                    S      C-II-9            Hewitt - Fourth of July Sonata - 1801 (11:53)

                                                                    S      C-II-10         Smith - The Star Spangled Banner - 1813 (1:22)

                                                                    S      C-II-11         Hastings - Rock of Ages - 1831 (2:46)

                                                                    S      F-I-20           Mason - Bethany (Nearer, My God, To Thee) - 1856 (4:21)

                                                                             C-II-12         Heinrich - Yankee Doodle Waltz - 1820 (3:00)

 

                       May 5       Thurs         Later 19th-Century Art Music; Group project topics due                        104–122 

                                                                    S      F-I-26           Gottschalk - Le Bananier - 1845/6 (2:48)                                              

                                                                    S      F-I-27           Paine - Fuga Giocosa - 1884 (1:27)

                                                                    S      C-II-13         Paine - A Funeral March - 1876 (2:51)

                                                                    S      C-II-14         Beach - The Year's at the Spring - 1899 (:58)

                                                                    S      C-II-15         MacDowell - Wild Chase - 1894 (2:11)

 

Week 7    May 10    Tues.          The 20th Century and Nationalism                                                                              356–361

                                                                    S      F-III-10       Ives - 3 Places in New England, “Gen. Putnam’s Camp” - 1914 (5:38)

                                                                    S      F-III-11       Ives - At the River - 1916 (1:19)

                                                                    S      C-II-16         Ives - Piano Sonata No. 2 “Concord,” mvt. 3 “Alcotts” - 1920 (4:48)

                                                                    S      C-II-17         Copland - Appalachian Spring, “Simple Gifts” - 1943/5 (3:15)

                                                                    S      F-III-21       Schuman - New England Triptych, “Chester” - 1956 (2:50)

 

                       May 12    Thurs.       Exam II              

 

Week 8    May 17    Tues.          20th-Century Art Music - Multiple Directions                                                    361–407

                                                                    S      F-III-12       Cowell - The Banshee - 1925 (1:41)

                                                                    S      F-III-14       Cage - Sonatas and Interludes, Sonata No. 5 - 1946/8 (1:22)

                                                                             F-III-19       Babbitt - Ensembles for Synthesizer - 1967 (2:01)

                                                                    S      C-III-1          Babbitt - Philomel, mvt. 2 - 1964 (5:41)

                                                                    S      F-III-20       Oliveros - Sound Patterns - 1961 (4:03)

                                                                             C-III-2          Glass - Koyaanisqatsi, “Cloudscape” - 1983 (4:45)

                      

                       May 19    Thurs.       Jazz                                                                                                                                                       145–185

                                                                    T     C-III-3          Johnson - Crossroads Blues - 1936 (2:29)

                                                                             F-II-5            Hardin Armstrong Hotter than That (excerpt) - 1928 (1:31)

                                                                             F-II-8            Ellington - Mood Indigo - 1930 (3:03)

                                                                             F-II-7            Basie - Taxi War Dance (excerpt) - 1939 (2:50)

                                                                    S      CI-II-4          Garland & Razaf - In the Mood - 1939 (3:33)

                                                                    S      F-II-9            Parker - Ko-Ko - 1945 (2:53)

                                                                    S      C-III-5          Coltrane - Giant Steps - 1959 (4:45)

                                                                             F-II-11         Desmond - Take Five (excerpt) - 1959 (5:23)                                    

                                                                    S      C-III-6          Weather Report - Tears - 1971 (3:24)

 

Week 9    May 24    Tues.          Rock                                                                                                                                                    226–245 

                                                                             C-III-7          Cream - Crossroads - 1968 (4:17)

                                                                             F-II-20         Berry - School Day(s) - 1957 (2:34)

                                                                             C-III-8          Leiber & Stoller - Hound Dog - 1956

                                                                             C-III-9          Pickett - In the Midnight Hour - 1965 (2:40)

                                                                             C-III-10       Gaudio - Sherry - 1962 (2:33)

                                                                             F-II-24         Dylan (Byrds) - Mr. Tambourine Man - 1965 (2:29)

                                                                             C-III-11       Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit - 1967 (2:33)

                                                                             C-III-12       Boston - More Than a Feeling - 1976 (4:46)

                                                                             C-III-13       Blue Cheer - Summertime Blues - 1968 (3:28)

                                                                             C-III-14       Zappa - What's The Ugliest Part of Your Body? - 1967 (1:04)

                                                                             C-III-15       Dead Kennedys - Kill the Poor - 1980 (3:04)

 

                       May 26    Thurs.       Musical Theater                                                                                                  290–319; 340–343

                                                                             F-III-2          Cohan - Little Johnny Jones, “Give My Regards to Broadway” - 1904 (2:39)

                                                                    S      C-III-16       Herbert - Naughty Marietta, “Italian Street Song” - 1910 (2:48)

                                                                    S      F-III-3          Kern - Show Boat, “Ol' Man River” - 1927 (3:31)

                                                                    S      F-III-8          Gershwin - Porgy and Bess, “Bess, You Is My Woman Now” - 1935 (5:13)

                                                                    S      F-III-4          Bernstein - West Side Story, “Tonight (Quintet)” - 1957 (3:38)

                                                                    S      C-III-17       Sondheim - Into the Woods, “Agony” - 1987 (2:36)

                                                                             C-III-18       Sondheim - Into the Woods, “Agony (reprise)” - 1987 (2:25)

 

Week 10 May 31    Tues.          Group Project Presentations

 

                       June 2       Thurs.       Group Project Presentations

 

Finals        June 9       Thurs.       Final Exam  10 am - 1 pm - Don’t forget to bring your CD set!