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Compare two musical works with strong commonalities but equally strong differences.
These two works should be major works or a movement from a major work by each composer, i.e. not short, light pieces. For example, choose a movement from a sonata instead of a sonatina or divertissement. They may or may not be from the same era, but must be from different composers. You must provide links to the sound files for these works.
The same instrument(s) or genre, or structural form can be handled in quite different ways. How does each composer put his or her individual stamp on a work? There are stylistic trends in each era, but a great composer can represent the best of a tradition.
Establish the context of the works in question, including dates of composition and particular circumstances surrounding their creation. Explain why you have selected these specific works.
Describe the works under comparison. Compare and contrast the essential elements of each composition using all the knowledge you have gained in the course. Examples from the text and the CourseSpaces site should help you with this challenge. Include a listening guide for each piece in order to focus on the elements that you want the listener/reader to hear and understand. Use the following linked blank grid, from the text, to create your listening guides, or just create your own with a similar format.
Please include a bibliography of your sources and be sure to include both online and hard copy sources.
Note that WIKIPEDIA is not a reliable source for research. You will find easy access to excellent and reliable music databases (e.g. music journals) online.
List of Composers:
John Dunstable, Jacopo da Bologna, Johannes Ciconia, Baude Cordier, Gilles Binchois
Thomas Morley, Johannes Ockeghem, John Dowland, Orlande de Lassus, Luca Marenzio , Adrian Willaertö
Francesa Caccini, Pier Franceso Cavalli, Heinrich Schütz, Alessandro Scarlatti, Jean- Baptiste Lully, Georg Philipp Telemann
J.C. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Domenico Alberti, Giovanni Sammartini, Josef Stamitz, Niccoló Piccinni
Franz Liszt, Gustav Mahler, Carl Maria von Weber, Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Anton Bruckner, César Franck
Edgar Varèse, Olivier Messaien, Alexander Scriabin, Sergei Prokofiev, Benjamin Britten, Karlheinz Stockhausen;
Alexina Louis, Omar Daniel, Jacques Hétu, Barbara Pentland, Harry Somers, Harry Freedman