How does the context in which the piece was written give meaning to the music and affect or change your reaction to that piece of music?

Your assignment is to choose one musical composition that is not on the course listening list and to approach your investigation of this piece in the same manner as we did in Lecture 6. The composition must come from a Western music tradition and can be in any genre (Classical, folk, rock, jazz, pop, etc.). You will want to describe what you hear using the technical language that you have learned in this course. How do the technical features of your chosen piece become an emotional experience for you as a listener? You will then research the composition and discover whatever you can about the context in which the piece was composed. What compositional techniques were used to create this piece of music and what might the composer have been wanting to communicate? How does the context in which the piece was written give meaning to the music and affect or change your reaction to that piece of music?

I will include a list of some technical terms that you can use to describe the piece of music that you choose. Remember to answer all the questions especially the emotional component. Don’t hesitate to ask me any questions.