Music Appreciation : A Night at the Opera

Music Appreciation Written Assignment : A Night at the Opera Instructions:

1. Listen to three (3) arias in the Connect4Eduction On Music Appreciation, 4th edition, eText, under Discover Music List:

a. Puccini’s “E Lucevan le stelle” from Tosca

b. Bizet’s “Habanera” from Carmen

c. Adam’s “News has a Kind of Mystery” from Nixon in China

2. Complete the Opera table below.

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Opera “E Lucevan le stelle” (Puccini), “Habanera” (Bizet), “News has a Kind of Mystery” (Adams) & Discuss Similarities and Differences

Tempo (slow, medium, fast, dance-like?)

Unity that you hear in timbre (instrumentation), tempo, dynamics (loud or soft)

Variety you hear like changes in timbre (instrumentation), tempo, dynamics (loud or soft)

Lyrics (What story, if any, is told by lyrics each artist sings?)

Voice quality (Use adjectives to describe the different timbre of each singer’s voice.)

Rhythm (Does the song have a clear pulse or beat? Is there syncopation?)

Other (What else comes to mind as you listen to this music?)Can you think of a modern artist or song that may have been influenced by each vocalist or each style? What similarities are apparent?

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