September 20 - Classic

C Melodic Minor - Three Flats - Bb, Eb, Ab

Ascending - C D Eb F G A-Natural B-Natural C

Descending - C Bb Ab G F Eb D C

Four Typical Movements of a Generic Symphony - And Typical Forms

Sonata-Allegro - A (Exposition) B (Development) A' (Recapitulation)
                            ab                                                   a'b'

Theme and Variations - A A' A'' etc.

Minuet and Trio -   A                             B                              A
                               a (repeat) b (repeat) c (repeat) d (repeat) ab

Rondo - ABACA (or ABACABA)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) - 3 Artistic Periods - Characterization of Music

Early - Classical (Super Haydn / Mozart)

Middle - Typical (Heroic / Quintessential)

Late - Romantic (Progressive / Weird)

(including optional links to Wikipedia articles re some composers and all specific pieces)

[8732] Franz Joseph Haydn - Symphony No. 94 ("Surprise"): II

[8756] Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Violin Concerto No. 5 ("Turkish"): III

[YouTube] Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica"): II

[YouTube] Felix Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 3 ("Scottish"): I

[YouTube] Robert Schumann - Piano Concerto: I

[8813] Giuseppe Verdi - Rigoletto: Quartet

September 14 - A Bit Baroque And...

D Major (Two Sharps - F# and C#)

D E F# G A B C# D

A Major (Three Sharps - F#, C#, and G#)

A B C# D E F# G# A

E Major (Four Sharps - F#, C#, G#, and D#)

E F# G# A B C# D# E

E Minor (One Sharp - F#)

E F# G A B C D E

Three Typical Genres in Baroque Music + Movements

Dance I
Dance II

Aria (Duet, Trio, Etc.)


Birth and Death Dates / Three Stylistic Periods & Types of Music Written for...

J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Weimar - Organ
Cothen - Instrumental
Leipzig - Vocal


[8567] Claudio Monteverdi - Vespers: I. Deus in Adjutorium (God in the House)

[8585] Heinrich Schutz - Saul, Saul

[8659]  Henry Purcell - Dido and Aeneas: Dido's Lament (When I Am Laid in Earth)

[8678] Antonio Vivaldi - Gloria: I. Gloria

[8685] J.S. Bach - Fugue in G Minor ("Little")

[8685] G.F. Handel - Messiah: Hallelujah

September 6 - Returning Inevitably

OK, so we're not exactly all back yet, but will be soon, as first session after Labor Day, finishing up Medieval Music and proceeding apace to the Renaissance, as below...

A [Harmonic] Minor Scale

A   B   C    D   E   F  G[#]  A
Do Re Me Fa Sol Le [Ti]  Do
                                   Te   Do

Chords in C Major

C  Dm  Em  F  G  Am Bdim  C

G   A   B   C   D   E     F      G
E    F   G   A   B   C    D      E
C   D   E    F   G   A    B      C

I    ii   iii   IV  V  vi   viio   I

[N.B.  "C" = C Major Chord
           "Dm"  = D Minor Chord
           "Bdim"  = B Diminished Chord]

Three Periods of Music History after Ancient and Before Classical + Dates

Medieval  400-1400
Renaissance  1400-1600
Baroque  1600-1750

Three Kinds of Triads + Thirds and Fifths in Each

Major Triad          = MT = M3 + P5
Minor Triad          = mT  = m3 + P5
Diminished Triad = dT   = m3 + d5

[N.B. d5 = Diminished 5th = Tritone = 3 steps]


[8400] Giles Binchois - Files a Marier (Don't Marry)

[8415] Conrad Paumann - Mit Ganczem Willen (With My Whole Heart)

[8450] Josquin des Pres - El Grillo (The Cricket)

[8491] Henry VIII - Pastime with Good Company

[8510] Andrea Gabrieli - Ricercare in the 12th Mode (Research in C Major)

[8525] Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina - Pope Marcellus Mass: I. Kyrie

August 30 - Ready to Go

Another delightful day with the Music Historians, proceeding through early Medieval Music, looking and listening towards later of same, as below...

G Major (F# Key Signature)

G A B C D E F# G

G Mixolydian


G Dorian (Bb Key Signature)

G A Bb C D E F G

G Minor (Bb and Eb in Key Signature)

G A Bb C D Eb F G

Subdivisions of Winds, Solid-Body Percussion, and Strings

End-Blow (Flute)
Double Reed (Oboe, Bassoon)
Single Reed (Clarinet, Saxophone)
Lip Buzz (Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Tuba)

Solid Body Percussion
Metal (Bells, Vibraphone, Cymbals)
Wood (Xylophone, Marimba, Wood Block)
Other (Stone, Glass, Earth)

Suspended (Harp, Lyre)
Box (Piano, Zither)
Neck (Lute, Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass)

Intervals Between Perfect Fifth (P5) and Perfect Octave (P8) - and # of Steps

Perfect Fifth - P5 = 3 1/2
Minor Sixth -  m6 = 4
Major Sixth - M6 = 4 1/2
Minor Seventh - m7 = 5
Major Seventh - M7 = 5 1/2
Perfect Octave - P8 = 6


France - Ductia (Duet Dance)

Perotin - Hec Dies (This Is the Day)

Ars Antiqua Motet - Alle - Psallite ("Alle" - Sing It)

England - Sumer Is Icumen In (Summer Is A' Coming In)

Guillaume de Machaut - Notre Dame Mass: I. Kyrie

August 23 - Once Upon a Time

Here we are again, finishing up

Ancient Music and proceeding to matters Medieval (I), as below...

D Dorian Mode

D   E   F    G   A   B   C  D

(Do Re Me Fa Sol La Te Do)

D Minor Scale (Bb Key Signature!)

D    E  F     G  A   Bb C  D

(Do Re Me Fa Sol Le Te Do)

E Phrygian Mode

E    F   G   A  B    C   D  E

(Do Ra Me Fa Sol Le Te Do)

Five Items in a Latin Mass Ordinary, with Translations and Typical Forms

I. Kyrie - Lord Have Mercy - ABA (Ternary)

II. Gloria - Glory - Through-Composed

III. Credo - Creed ("I Believe") - Through Composed

IV. Sanctus - Holy - ABCB (Verse - Chorus)

V. Agnus Dei - Lamb of God - AB (Binary)

Intervals Between Perfect Unison and Perfect Fifth - # of Steps in Each

(Perfect Unison) P1 - 0 Steps

(Minor Second) m2 - 1/2 Step

(Major Second) M2 - 1 Step

(Minor Third) m3 - 1 1/2 Steps

(Major Third) M3 - 2 Steps

(Perfect Fourth) P4 - 2 1/2 Steps

Tritone - 3 Steps

(Perfect Fifth) P5 - 3 1/2 Steps


[7540] Gregorian Chant - Kyrie IV

[8085] Orkney Islands - Hymn to St. Magnus (Nobilis Humilis)

[8100] India - Raga Maru Bihag [Ravi Shankar version]

[8133] Leonin - Hec Dies (This Is the Day)

August 16 - Full House

Here we are again...

even more so,

Quiz 1 and looking ahead as below...

F Lydian

F   G   A   B  C   D   E  F
Do Re Mi Fi Sol La Ti Do

F Major (Bb Key Signature)

F    G  A   Bb C   D   E  F
Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti Do

Whole (W) Steps and Half (H) Steps in Major Scales (ex. C Major)

C   D    E    F    G    A   B   C
   W  W   H   W   W   W  H

Four Textures of Music - and definitions (n.b. "monophonic" adj / "monophony" noun, etc.)

Monophonic - One line of music, strictly performed
Heterophonic - One line of music, freely performed
Polyphonic - More than one line of music, w/ lines of equal importance
Homophonic - More than one line of music, w/ one line more important than the others


[5570] Syria - Hurrian Hymn No. 6

[5949] China - Entrance Hymn for the Emperor

[6970] Asia Minor - Epitaph of Seikilos
           (Ancient Greek Cultural Area)

August 14 - Progressive Revelation

The hour


Music Appreciation -- DVC San Ramon, Fall 2017!

 Looking towards Quiz 1, as a worksheet-exercise...

C Major Scale

C   D   E   F   G   A   B   C
1    2    3   4   5    6    7  1(8)
Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti  Do

Notes in One Octave of a Piano Keyboard
(black notes above [which can be called "sharp" or "flat"], and white notes below)

    C#    D#         F#   G#  A#
    Db    Eb         Gb  Ab   Bb
C        D    E    F    G    A    B    C

Five Basic Ways of Making Sound (optional ethonomusic terms in parentheses below)

Wind (Aerophone)
Solid-Body (Idiophone)
Drum (Membranophone)
String (Chordophone)
Electricity (Electrophone)


[1970] Richard Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra: I. Introduction
                             (Thus Spake Zarathustra)

[1980] Gustav Holst - The Planets: I. Mars


See you Wednesday!

August 5 - Fresh Voices XVII




Helena Michelson
     The Mysteries (2017, Hilda Doolittle, 1886-1961)

     Teressa Foss, Meaghan Dibble, and Jamie Samantha Lee 

Mark Alburger (b. 1957)
     2017, Op. 261 (2017, Found Texts)
          I. Farewell Address (January 10, Chicago, IL)
               (Barack Obama / Donald Trump)
          II. Press Conference (January 11, New York, NY)
              (Donald Trump / Vladimir Putin)
          III. Confirmation Hearing (January 12, Washington, DC)
              (Elizabeth Warren, Ben Carson)
          IV. Tweets (January 13, New York, NY)
              (Donald Trump / Vladimir Putin)
          V. Phone Calls (January 14, Washington, DC)
              Tamara Keith / Scott Simon / Michael Flynn / Sergey Kislyak)

          VI. Meet the Press (January 15, Washington, DC)
              (Chuck Todd / John Lewis)

          VII. Deutsche Welle (January 16, Berlin, Germany)
              Rainier Arnold / Angela Merkel / Henning Riecke / Rolf Mutzenich)

          VIII. Joint News Conference (January 17, Moscow, Russia)
              (Vladimir Putin / Igor Dodon)

          IX. Final Press Conference (January 18, Washington, DC)
              (Barack Obama / Press Corps / Donald Trump)
          X. Confirmation Questions (January 19, Washington, DC)
              (Steve Mnuchin / Sherrod Brown)

         XI. Inauguration Speech Protests (January 20, Washington, DC)
              (Donald Trump / Protesters)

          XII. Women's March on Washington (January 21, Washington, DC)
             (America Ferrera / Chorus of Marchers / Donald Trump)

    Valerie Salcedo (Soprano)
          Elizabeth Warren, Tamara Keith, Angela Merkel, Press Corps I, Protester I, America Ferrera

    Ryann Swale (Alto)
          Vladimir Putin, Michal Flynn, Henning Riecke, Press Corps II, Protester II, 

          Chorus of Marchers 

    Patrick Brancato (Tenor)
            Barack Obama, Ben Carsen, Scott Simon, Chuck Todd, Rolf Mutzenich, Steve Mnuchin,

            Protester III

    Mark Alburger (Bass)
           Donald Trump, Sergey Kislyak, John Lewis, Rainier Arnold, Igor Dodon, Sherrod Brown


Robert Denham
     The Way Home

     Jacqueline Goldgorin and Jamie Samantha Lee

Dikkie Schoggen (arr. Frank Johnson)
     Aging Grace
          Time Goes Faster

          The Mirror Song

          The Shoe's on the Other Foot

          Ninety: Tango

          Summer Sunshine

          Time Goes Faster

     Phoebe Ann Thomas Sorgen, Harriet March Page, Kathy Kuehnert, Don Hardwick, and 
     Ryann Swale


Frank Johnson
     Defiled Is My Name (2016, Ann Boleyn, 1501-1536,)

     Meaghan Dibble

Allan Crossman (b. 1942)
     Veganlied (2017, arr. Frank Johnson)

     Patrick Brancato, Ryann Swale, Kathy Kuehnert, Valerie Salcedo, and Meghan Dibble

Mark Alburger (b. 1957)
     Cats, Dogs, and Divas, Op. 104 (2001, Harriet March Page)

          VII. Make a Man a God

          VIII. Condescension, Scorn

     Teressa Foss and Patrick Brancato

Doug Brandt
     Our Little Secret
          The Share


          Keep Your Mouth Shut

          In Their Heads

    Valerie Salcedo, Ryann Swale, and Meaghan Dibble

John Bilotta (b. 1948)
     The League of Minor Characters (2017, Kathleen Flenniken, Ron Koetge)
          The League of Minor Characters

          Nancy Drew

          Cinderella's Diary

     Jacqueline Goldgorin and Teressa Foss


Allan Crossman (b. 1942)
     And Now... The Humans!!!! (2017)



Fantastic opening show!, on the 127th day of summer, high up 1 to 97 (83 days 80+, 58 90-or-more... Vallejo, 85), beginning composition of The Decameron: Eighth Day, Op. 266: Novel VII - A Scholar Loves a Widow Lady... and continuing that of Variations on Variations of Brahms on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 268 (page 5)...