1.) Tell me about the two-part Karajan assignments. Performance vs. Rehearsal. In the past, the Rehearsal assignment came first. This time, the Performance came first. When comparing the quality of your responses with past sections, there was, without a doubt, much more deeply felt responses from this current section. There was a big difference in tone, mainly in the shock of what a rehearsal was, after seeing the performance. Even the three excepts from the rehearsals were more thoughful. Consider this article from The Economist (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. as well.Find attached file below for more instructions.
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1.) Tell me about the two-part Karajan assignments. Performance vs. Rehearsal. In the past, the
Rehearsal assignment came first. This time, the Performance came first. When comparing the
quality of your responses with past sections, there was, without a doubt, much more deeply felt
responses from this current section. There was a big difference in tone, mainly in the shock of
what a rehearsal was, after seeing the performance. Even the three excepts from the rehearsals
were more thoughful. Consider this article from The Economist (Links to an external site.)Links
to an external site. as well.
Why do you think the responses were more subdued when the class observed the Rehearsal
before the Performance? Can you think of other parallel examples that might highlight this
phenomenon?
2.) Now that we’re at the end of the course, I’d like some feedback on the way the course was
constructed. You may have noticed that I didn’t follow the more traditional method that lots of
introductory courses use. If you have friends who took another section of Music Appreciation,
they may have had material that explained the basics of classical music instruments, basic history
of western classical music, well-known composers and background information, listening to
well-known music of said composers, etc.
I chose not to go with this approach, because things like composer information can be easily
Googled. Well known pieces of music by Bach or Beethoven are very readily suggested by
YouTube’s suggestion algorithms. Instead, I wanted to give context to the music and musicians,
and more importantly, context that would be relevant to your life and career. I know some of you
didn’t understand some of the questions, and I think part of that is due to the fact that I wanted to
assign homework that didn’t have a clear right or wrong answer.
You’re free to reflect on any part of the course as you see fit. I do hope it was meaningful and
that you learned something.

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