Mr. Joshua GEROWITZ

VACATION HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS for

Mr. Joshua GEROWITZ

WINTER BREAK 2018

Instructions:  

  1. Choose a musical artist from the list below that you have never heard of before
  2. Listen to their music and find something you like.
  3. Prepare a short presentation with musical examples to show to your classmates when classes resume

Underlined words are musical styles and suggested song titles are in parentheses

 

Gregorian Chant

Palestrina (O Bone Jesu and Exsultate Deo)

 

Baroque

Vivaldi (Four Seasons, Gloria)

Bach (Well Tempered Clavier, Goldberg Variations, Mass in B minor, Cello suites)

 

Classical

Mozart (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Requiem)

Beethoven (Moonlight Sonata, Symphonies 3 and 5, Fur Elise)

 

Romantic

Brahms (Symphony no. 1, Lullaby, Piano Concerto no. 1 in D minor)

Verdi (Otello, La Traviata)

Chopin (Piano Works)

Wagner (Ride of the Valkyries, Tristan und Isolde)

 

NeoClassical

Stravinsky (Rite of Spring, Petrushka)

Bartok (Music for Strings Percussion and Celesta, Bluebeards Castle)

 

12 tone

Webern (Symphony op. 21, String Quartet op. 28)

Berg (Lulu, Wozzeck)

Shoenberg (Pierrot Lunaire, String Quartet in D major)

 

Experimental

John Cage (Music of Changes, Imaginary Landscape no. 4)

Philip Glass (Music in 5ths, Einstein on the Beach)

Stockhausen (Gesang der Jünglinge, Klavierstücke)

Bunita Marcus

Laurie Anderson

Sofia Gubaidulina

Pauline Oliveros

 

American

Charles Ives (Central Park in the Dark, The Unanswered Question)

Aaron Copland (Fanfare For The Common Man, Appalachian Spring)

Ruth Crawford (Seeger)

 

Bebop

Charlie Parker (Blues for Alice, Donna Lee)

Thelonious Monk (Blue Monk, Round Midnight)

 

Swing

Louis Armstrong (What A Wonderful World, Basin Street Blues)

Duke Ellington (Solitude, Take the A Train, Caravan, It Don’t Mean A Thing, In A Sentimental Mood)

Billie Holiday

Ella Fitzgerald

 

Big Band

Count Basie (Atomic Basie)

Benny Goodman (Stompin at the Savoy)

 

Showtunes/American Classical

George Gershwin (Rhapsody in Blue, Summertime, It Aint Necessarily So, I’ve Got Rhythm)

 

Ragtime

Scott Joplin (The Entertainer, Maple Leaf Rag)

 

Free jazz

Ornette Coleman (The Shape of Jazz to Come, Song X)

Cecil Taylor (Unit Structures)

Sun Ra

 

Hard Bop

Horace Silver (Song for My Father, Senor Blues, Lonely Woman)

Wayne Shorter (Footprints, Black Orpheus, Nefertiti)

Herbie Hancock (Chameleon, Maiden Voyage, Watermelon Man)

Sonny Rollins (St. Thomas, Tenor Madness, Oleo)

 

AACM

Wadada Leo Smith (Certainty, Martin Luther King Jr.)

Henry Threadgill (Very Very Circus)

Art Ensemble of Chicago (People in Sorrow])

Amina Claudine Myers

 

more jazz

John Coltrane (Giant Steps, A Love Supreme, My Favorite Things)

Miles Davis (All Blues, Shhh/Peaceful, Tune Up, Solar, Seven Steps to Heaven, On the Corner, Concerto De Aranjuez, Birth of the Cool)

Alice Coltrane

Esperanza Spalding

Carla Bley

 

Extra Credit

Go to a jazz, classical, art or academic music concert.  Provide evidence that you did in fact go. Share some insightful observations with your class.