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Listen perceptively to the “Kyrie” from Missa O Magnum Mysterium by the Renaissance Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria.

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In 5 short paragraphs (in the same order as the instructions), describe the attributes of the musical selection, according to the following critical criteria:

1. RECOGNIZE AND DESCRIBE:

At least THREE examples of the following seven musical elements : Rhythm, tempo, melody, harmony, timbre, texture, and form that are present in this particular composition, using specific musical terms learned in the course.  Refresh your memory (if you have to) by rereading the lectures that cover these particular elements.

2. DEVELOP:

conclusion about what the composer was trying to represent. [Might a fast tempo represent an attempt to escape from danger or dancing at a celebration? This is just an example.  Please use your own description]

3. INTERPRET:

The composition’s emotional value, using language that describes emotional states. Does the music express joy, fear, pleasure, optimism, sadness, or something else?  Please specify an emotion, and why the music might express that specific emotion.

4. EVALUATE:

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

5. ANALYZE:

Its personal effect on you. How does this work express aspects of the human condition? Does the music suggest a philosophy for living?  If so, what do you think it is?

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