Discussion Board Section M52 Select a Description Cre Topic Chapter 3 deals with music intended to accompany stage presentations, that is a performance that tells a story on the stage where music plays an important role. An early form of that in the Western art music tradition was the morality play, a religious genre in which a religious tenet of the Church is presented through a dramatic production. These early plays were rather dry by our standards today, not having the extensive acting costumes, sets, etc., that we expect in a stage production today. One of the musical pieces presented in the text is the morality play Ordo Virtutum, the Play of the Virtues, by Hildegard of Bingen. The musical example in the text is quite long but there is a much shorter, and quite beautiful, excerpt on the video playlist for the chapter. Click on Playlists/Video list. Watch the Ordo virtutum excerpt while reading this translation: Soul, singing joyfully: “O sweet divinity. O gentle life, in which I shall wear a bright robe, accepting that which I lost in my first formation – I cry to you and invoke all the Virtues.” (This is the ‘Soul” asking God to guide it on its journey through life.) Over the past 1,000 years the dramatic aspect of staged presentations has become ever more important where today the dramatic effect of the action on the stage is just as important, or more important than the music itself, the excesses of Chapter Cirque du Soleil productions probably being the most obvious example of that. Many people with extensive musical backgrounds look to the operas of the late Classical 01/09/2020 3 (11) and Romantic periods as perhaps having the best balance between the music and the drama. The composers of those works are very similar to the composers for the movies of today who use music as an integral component of the storytelling experience, linking musical motives with individual characters, aspects of the story, etc. Can we begin a discussion here of your experiences with music in dramatic productions? I would like to keep it primarily about stage productions rather than movies as we will have an opportunity to discuss movie music in Chapter 9. Have you seen a musical in a live performance? What was your reaction to it? Does the must make the play or get in the way of telling the story? Let’s see where this discussion goes. Here is an additional challenge from Chapter 3. The first person to post the correct answer to the following question will earn a five point bonus on a test. Here is the challenge: What do these two musical examples from Chapter 3, the Farandole by Bizet and the West Side Story example by Bernstein, have in common with the Chichester Psalms example (also by Bernstein from Chapter 27 And the answer is not that they were all written by composers whose last names begin with the letter Bl See if you can figure this one out and post the correct answer first.

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