Concerts Across Time

Goal: The goal of this assignment is to compare a performance of Classical music to pop/rock music using
musical terminology to express your ideas.
Course Objectives:
CO-1: Identify Western music by style and era.
CO-2: Apply musical terminology, concepts and critical listening skills to a given major composer and style of
CO-3: Analyze the social, political, and cultural influences on Western and non-Western music.
Choose an excerpt from two concerts, one of a pop or rock concert of your choice and one of a performance of
music from the Classical Era (1750-1800 AD) chosen from the list below. Watch approximately 10 minutes of
each concert. (Please note: The rock or pop concert you choose should be one you watch during this course,
rather than a performance you watched or attended prior to the class.)
After viewing the concert excerpts, construct a comparison of these two concerts and address the following:

  1. Explain why you did or did not enjoy the concerts.
  2. Evaluate similarities and differences between music in the Classical era and rock/pop music. Be sure to
    reference specific musical attributes of the concerts, and use musical terminology and information from the
    course materials to express your ideas.
  3. Discuss the types of people who attended concerts in the Classical era and those who attend rock or pop
    concerts today, and why people attended concerts in the Classical era versus today. (Be certain to use specific
    information from scholarly sources to support your points about concerts during the Classical era.)
  4. Analyze how new technologies, such as digital media and the internet, change the ways music is
    Classical Concert List
    “Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major,” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    “Violin Concerto No. in D major,” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    “Symphony No. 25 in G minor” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    “Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major,” Franz Josef Haydn
    “Symphony No. 104 in D major,” Franz Josef Haydn
    “Night Music of the Streets of Madrid,” Luigi Boccherin

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