Anyway, I'm heading off to AMS Pittsburgh this morning, and as I might run into someone and send them here to look around, I figured it might be useful to summarize some ways in which this site might be useful to you, especially if you teach music classes.
Here then are some original MMmusing resources that I use in class fairly often. If you ever find yourself using them and they prove helpful, drop me a line. It's useful to me to know what's useful to you.
This list is by no means complete, and I'm sure I've forgotten some things. You might also find it useful to browse through some of these YouTube playlists. But, for now, see if any of the following might interest you...
[UPDATED for 2014]
ONLINE INTEGRATED SCORE/AUDIO/ANALYSIS LISTENING GUIDES
These are really prototypes. I'll be working on them much more while on sabbatical this Spring, but I've already found them very useful for navigating large-scale pieces in lectures on form and the like. Included are guides for (these probably won't work well on mobile devices):
- Bach: Cantata No. 4 (least developed)
- Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (all)
- Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, 1st mvt.
- Beethoven: Piano Sonata, Op.111, 2nd mvt.
- Brahms: Symphony No. 4, 4th mvt.
- Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, 1st mvt.
- Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro, Act II Finale
- Solfèd - a solfège-based bird-feeding game.
The two Bach canon videos have garnered more than 250,000 views combined, which has always kind of astonished me. Someone's using them for something. The Poulenc visualizes the looping quality of his most famous piece, and the Haydn reveals how orchestration turns a D Major scale into something special.
- Webern in Mayberry (2nd Viennese School in Hollywood)
- The Rite of Appalachian Spring (Copland owes a lot to Stravinsky)
- A Bach Courante in Duet with its Double (Counterpoint not intended to be heard as such)
- The Rite of Eroica - Stravinsky's chords fit right into Beethoven's musical drama
- The Reich of Spring - Iconic Stravinsky + Iconic Reich = ?
- Somewhere between Beethoven and Strauss - origins of "Somewhere" ?
- The Rite of Stormtroopers - perhaps not so unexpected that Williams borrows some Stravinsky
- A lonely bassoon note links Mendelssohn to Copland (just odd; not really helpful!)
HOW MUSIC WORKS
- Mozart's 3rd, 4th, and 5th violin concertos stitched together seamlessly (?) - reveals patterns common in Mozart's syntax
- Mr. Stravinsky's Random Accent Generator - explores whether Stravinsky's asymmetries are the best asymmetries
- Tchaikovsky's Endlessly Looping Sequence - fun illustration of a sequence in action
- Musical Storyboarding - hearing the big picture in sonata form
- 12-tone Sandbox - building and manipulating 12-tone matrices is fun!
- Backwards Satie - reveals directionlessness of Satie's music
QUICK MUSIC HISTORY LESSON
- Classical Mashups - YouTube playlist of various musics smashed together
QUICK MUSIC HISTORY LESSON
SPORTS + MUSIC
- Atonality on Ice (helps explain how bewildering atonality might be compelling)
IF YOU LIKE WORDS THAT RHYME (on "hot" music industry topics from many years ago)
OTHER FUN STUFF
- Testing With the Stars - composers talk back on exams
- J. Peterman sells Schubert & Stravinsky
- Chopin's "Minute" Waltz - in exactly one minute
AWESOME BERNSTEIN LECTURE
- The Infinite Variety of Music - OK, it's Bernstein's lecture, not mine - but I uploaded and annotated it.
Let me know what you think...