Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

MUSC 101R The Art of Listening

Summer 2016 - Session II

 Course Information


Art of Listening, Summer 2016

JFRC: Summer Session II July 2 - 30, 2016


Catalog:                                 MUSC 101R, Music: Art of Listening

Meeting:                                T / TH: 8:30AM - 12:40PM

Instructor:                             Anthony Molinaro (amolinaro@luc.edu)



Textbooks and Class Resources


Experience Music, fourth edition (Katherine Charlton)


This course will utilize Sakai. Assignments, announcements, grades, online links and more will routinely be posted, but students should not expect Sakai to be a suitable replacement for class attendance.


YouTube will also be used extensively.



Course Description


Art of Listening will focus on the acquisition and enhancement of listening skills through direct experience of musical works along with an examination of cross-cultural similarities and differences among musical styles. As part of the curriculum for the Rome Studies Minor, this course will highlight Italian artists and composers; and include focuses and goals as follows:


•       A principal focus on classical, medieval, modern Italian or European music that implicates, at least in part, cultural patterns and ideas originating from or inspired by Rome or ‘Roman’ models.


•       A principal focus on the city of Rome as the site of creation, inspiration, or reproduction of artistic, cultural, political, and historical events, models, or concepts.


•       A principal focus on Italy emphasizing its geographical, historical, or cultural connections with the larger European or Mediterranean contexts.


•       A principal goal of equipping students to identify patterns, ideas, concepts, and trends characteristic of Western civilization originating in Italy and intersecting with other cultural traditions across time and space.


•       A principal goal of teaching students about culture and history in a manner designed to empower students to participate in activism for social justice and transformative learning, particularly through experiential or on-site learning.


Some of the musicians and styles to be studied will include (Italian artists bold)


•   Johann Sebastian Bach (baroque period)

•   Antonio Vivaldi and Domenico Scarlatti (baroque period)

•   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig Van Beethoven (classical / romantic period)

•   Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini (opera / romantic period)

•   Frédéric Chopin (romantic period)

•   Claude Debussy (impressionistic period)

•   Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota (Italian film composers)

•   George Gershwin (American classical music and early jazz)

•   Miles Davis, Stefano Bollani, and Rosario Giuliani (jazz)

•   Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Paco de Lucía, Cesaria Evora, and Tito Puente (world)

•   Romolo Balzani, Gabriella Ferri, Claudio Baglioni, and Luciano Pavarotti (Italian folk and popular music)


Students must attend two concerts and - though there are many free concerts in Rome during the summer - students may have to purchase tickets for these events (please reserve approximately €30 total for concerts). Students will also have the option to attend two additional concerts for extra credit.


Knowledge Area: Artistic Expression and Experience


Area learning outcome: The study of art fosters a search for truth and a respect for the human person. Artistic expression and knowledge in the core curriculum encourages students to develop critical habits of the mind and ethical standards of behavior in their preparation for life. The core curriculum provides students with the opportunity to engage in the arts, through creative processes as well as through formal study; and to explore non-linear modes of thinking, problem-solving and expression.


Specific course outcome: A cultivation of musical perception through a process of repeated and guided listenings; strengthening of listening skills while developing and expanding styles perspectives.





A = 100-93; A- = 92-90; B+ = 89-87; B = 86-83; B- 82-80; C+ = 79-77; C = 76-73; C- = 72-70; D = 69-60; F = Below 59


Graded components of Art of Listening:


•   Final Examination (500)

•   Midterm Examination (300)

•   Test (200)

•   Two Listening Quizzes: 50 points each (100)

•   Paper (300)

•   Concert Attendance: 50 points each (100)

•   Extra Credit Concert Attendance (up to two additional concerts): 25 points each


Total Points = 1,500



Paper (300)


Topics for consideration will grow from in-class discussions and will be announced no later than July 15. Further details will be provided at that time, but papers should be 3-5 pages in length (800 word minimum) and are due by July 28. The focus of the paper will be on your own personal thoughts on the chosen composition(s).


Two Listening Quizzes (100)


A 50 point quiz will be given on July 14th and 26th (please note that a listening section will also be part of the Midterm and Final Exams). The quizzes will focus on the identification of musical works studied in class, but may also include a few questions from assigned readings and class discussions. The quizzes will take place at the beginning of class and are very short. The listening material will be highlighted on the “listening table” and posted on Sakai.



Concert Attendance (100)


Students must attend two concerts. There are endless concerts in Rome in July and a host of possibilities will be provided for you at the beginning of the session. We will hopefully turn one of these into a class trip where we will go out to dinner first and perhaps explore different parts of the city in addition to the

concert. You may attend up to two additional concerts for extra credit (25 points each). Concerts should be in line with the type of music that we are studying in class. Please feel free to ask me about a concert you plan to attend.



Attendance and Participation


Attendance and participation are crucial elements to making the class a meaningful and dynamic experience. Students with more than one unexcused absence will have their final grade lowered by 5 percentage points. Each additional absence will incur an additional 5 percentage point penalty. Students who miss a part of a class will be penalized accordingly. Class participation will factor into your grade.



Disclaimer and Academic Integrity


The instructor reserves the right to modify this syllabus if circumstances warrant. Students will be notified of any changes in a timely manner. Students are also responsible for reading and abiding by the University's statement on academic integrity. It is posted at: http://www.luc.edu/academics/catalog/ undergrad/reg_academicintegrity.shtml


*** Note: Students will receive a zero on any assignment, project or exam on which they are found to be in deliberate violation of the University’s policy on Academic Integrity. Please read it carefully.



Cell Phones and Computers


Please refrain from using cell phones, iPads, laptop computers, or similar devices during class. Texting will not be tolerated during class.


Course Outline




Week 1


July 5 - Course introduction; Chapter 1: Elements of Music: Sound, Rhythm, Melody, and Harmony (pg.

4-11); Chapter 2: Elements That Structure Music: Key, Texture, and Form (pg. 12-16); Chapter 3: Musical

Instruments and Ensembles (pg. 17-27).


July 7 - Prelude: The Triumph of Baroque Style (pg. 62-64); Chapter 7: Cantata (pg. 74-80); Chapter 8: Oratorio (pg. 81-89); Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) - “Wachet auf” (“Sleepers Awake”); George Friederic Handel (1685-1759) - “Hallelujah” from Messiah. Chapter 9: Baroque Solo and Chamber Music (pg. 90-98); J.S. Bach - “The Little Fugue in G Minor;” J.S. Bach - Cello Suite No. I in G Major, Prelude; J.S. Bach - Air “On The G-String;” Domenico Scarlatti (1685 - 1757) - select keyboard sonatas; Chapter

10: The Baroque Orchestra (pg. 99-109); Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) - “Spring” from The Four

Seasons; MusiCurious: Attending a Concert.


Week 2


July 12 - Test; Prelude: The Classical Era: Reason and Revolution (pg. 110-113); Chapter 11: The Classical Symphony (pages 114-125); Chapter 14: Classical Vocal Music (pg. 140-148); Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) - Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, Movement I; “Non più andrai” from The Marriage of Figaro.


July 14 - Quiz #1; Chapter 15: The Music of Beethoven (pg. 149-161); Beethoven (1770-1827) - Symphony No. 9, Movement IV, (“Ode to Joy”); Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Movement I; Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, Movement I (“Moonlight”). Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901) - selections from Rigoletto and La Traviata; Giacomo Puccini (1858 - 1924) - selections from Tosca and La Bohème.


Week 3


July 19 - Midterm Exam; Italian film composers: Nino Rota (1911 - 1979) - excerpts from The Godfather I  & II (Coppola); La Strada, La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2 (Fellini); Ennio Morricone (1928) - excerpts from Cinema Pardiso and Malèna (Tornatore); The Untouchables (De Palma); Prelude: American Innovations in the Arts (pg. 274-278); Chapter 31: Early Jazz Styles (pg. 288-299); MusiCurious: Improvisation (pg. 292).  Chapter 32: Developments in Jazz in the Late Twentieth Century (pg. 300-306); Miles Davis, Kind of Blue (album); Miles Davis, Bitches Brew (album).


July 21 - Excerpts from Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns. To include episode 9 “The Adventure” 1956-1961. Chapter 33: American Classical Music influenced by Early Jazz (pg. 307-313); George Gershwin

(1898-1937) - Rhapsody in Blue. Italian Jazz Musicians (selections to be announced): Stefano Bollani

(piano), Rosario Giuliani (saxophone), Stefano di Battista (saxophone).


Week 4


July 26 - Quiz #2; Prelude: Music of The Romantic Era (pg. 162-165); Chapter 17: Romantic Piano Music (pg. 176-181). Frédéric Chopin (1811-1886) - Nocturne, Op. 9, No. 2; Chapter 26: Impressionism and Symbolism (pg. 247-252); Claude Debussy (1862-1918) - Claire De Lune. Chapter 27: Primitivism and Neoclassicism (pg. 253-260); Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) - The Right of Spring.


July 28 - Contemporary Masters: Stevie Wonder (LIVE DVD); Ray Charles; Esperanza Spalding; Cesaria Evora; Paco de Lucía; Richard Bona; Tito Puente. Italian folk and popular musicians (selections to be announced): Romolo Balzani, Tiziano Ferro, Gabriella Ferri, Claudio Baglioni, and Luciano Pavarotti.


July 29 - Final Exam.


Listening Table (Example)


A listening table similar to the one below will be posted on Sakai and updated as needed. It will allow you to easily find the music that we discuss in class. Works that you will need to identify for quizzes and exams will be highlighted. Links are provided for YouTube videos. The table below is an example - please consult the listening table posted on Sakai for an updated list of the pieces you are expected to know.


Composer / Artist

Title of Piece



YouTube & Grooveshark

J.S. Bach

The Little Fugue in G Minor

CD 1 Track 7


J.S. Bach

Air “On The G-String”



J.S. Bach

Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Mvt. I



Antonio Vivaldi

“Spring” from The Four Seasons

CD 1 Track 8




Sonata in E Major, K330


You Tube


Amadeus Mozart


Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, Mvt. I

CD 1 Track 13



Amadeus Mozart

“Non piu andrai” from The Marriage of


CD 1 Track 37


Ludvig Van



Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Mvt. I

CD 1 Track 38



Ludvig Van



Symphony No. 9, Mvt. IV “Ode to Joy”


You Tube (1) You Tube (2) You Tube (3)

Ludvig Van



“Moonlight” Piano Sonata, Mvt. I



Ludvig Van



Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor,” Mvt. II



Giacomo Puccini

“Nessun Dorma” from Turandot

(Luciano Pavarotti)


You Tube

George Gershwin

Rhapsody in Blue



Frederic Chopin

Nocturne, Op. 9, No. 2

CD 1 Track 45


Hector Berlioz

Symphonie Fantastique, “Dream of a

Witches’ Sabath”

CD 2 Track 1


Igor Stravinsky

The Rite of Spring

CD 3 Tracks 7-8


Maria Callas

Selections TBA (Opera)



Bessie Smith

Lost Your Head Blues

CD 3 Track 12


Miles Davis

All Blues (Kind of Blue)



Miles Davis

Miles Runs the Voodoo Down

CD 3 Track 18





America from West Side Story

CD 3 Track 30



Composer / Artist

Title of Piece



YouTube & Grooveshark


15 Step



James Brown

It’s A Man’s World



Dave Brubeck

Take Five



Ray Charles

Night Time Is The Right Time



Stevie Wonder

Selections from Live DVD Concert



Led Zeppelin

The Ocean



Richard Bona

Dina Lam



Paco De Lucia

La Barrosa


YouTube, Grooveshark

Cesaria Evora




Tito Puente

Oye Como Va






Wasted Time