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MUA 1930. Assignment on the Baroque (II) 1. Click on the link below and listen to the Da capo aria “Dopo un’orrida procella” by Vivaldi. This aria was originally composed for a castrato. Since we do not have castratos nowadays (thank goodness!), it is sung in the recording by a woman (an alto) who has an amazing range, being able to hit very high and very low pitches. Very few people can sing this aria nowadays. I am giving you the structure of part of the aria. Indicate the moment the remaining sections take place, in minutes/seconds: Ritornello: 0’00” Vocal section A: 0’14” Ritornello: 1’41” Your turn: 1. Vocal section B (note the change in tempo and mood): 2. Da Capo (back to the beginning; end of the score but not end of the aria): 3. Repeat of Vocal section A: According to the lecture, what is the connection between baroque da capo arias and modern pop songs? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4w_sC2Xzwk 2. JS Bach, chorus from the cantata “Jesus bleibet meine Freunde” (that’s German for “Jesus Stays My Friend”) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUo7tQOvapE Tasks: • • • • What is the meter (duple or triple)? Assign a tempo marking (in Italian and use italics because it’s a foreign word) What are the main instruments? Name as many as you can see in the video (note: the human voice is an instrument so include it) The melody in the strings and the melody sung by the chorus go well together, but they are very different. Listen to them attentively and describe how they are different. 3. Movie excerpt, Farinelli (discussed in lecture) Tasks: • • What is Baroque about the opera production featured in the movie? What are the colors of the dresses of the two ladies who faint?

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