Listen perceptively to the “Kyrie” from Missa O Magnum Mysterium by the Renaissance Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria
In 5 short paragraphs, describe the attributes of the musical selection, according to the following critical criteria:
1. RECOGNIZE AND DESCRIBE:
At least one example of each of the following musical elements : Rhythm, tempo, melody, harmony, timbre, texture, and form that are present in this particular composition, using specific musical terms learnt in the course and descriptive adjectives. Examples of descriptive adjectives might include: a “menacing” melody, “triumphant” dynamics, or a “racing” tempo. Use your imagination!
A conclusion about what the composer was trying to represent. [Might a “racing” tempo represent an attempt to escape from danger or dancing at a celebration?]
The composition’s emotional value, using language that describes emotional states. Does the music express joy, fear, pleasure, optimism, sadness?
The composition’s creative quality: What makes this composition a valuable work of art?
Its personal effect on you. How does this work express aspects of the human condition? Does the music suggest a philosophy for living?
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