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Composers and Their Works (Smyth Music History): Your Assignment

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Research one of the following four composers and the larger work that is directly under their name and give an in-depth description of 2-3 pieces from the larger work that you are researching. The three sources used should be your book, JSTOR, and the Richard Taruskin series on reserve in the library. 

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Giuseppe Verdi

Composers and Their Works

Paper, PowerPoint and in class presentation DUE on 4/15

 Choose one of the following composers below and write a 500 word essay discussing that composer in depth. The paper should focus on the composer’s musical style, major works and his biography.  Also, prepare a 10 minute Google Presentation/ PowerPoint/Prezi presentation on the large work that is listed with your composer. The presentation should include 2-3 short audio examples that highlight the larger work. Each of these highlights should include an in-depth discussion of: rhythm, harmony, melody, texture, tone color and form. You should choose the highlights that are given to you in your book as a starting point.


Giuseppe Verdi


-La Dona Mobile

- bella figlia dell'amore

-Overture (and Complete opera):


Giacomo Puccini

La Boheme

Act one Excerpt (14:00- 34:00)


“Che Gelida Manina”


Richard Wagner

Die Walkure

The Ride of the Valkyries


End of Act ONE (starts at 4:27 in book)


Gustav Mahler

Symphony No. 5

4th Mvt, Adagietto

Complete Symphony