Aesthetics : The Artistic Impulse Essay
Aesthetics: The Artistic Impulse
Chapter Four: Music and Opera
• List and describe in complete detail the classical forms listed in Chapter Four for classical vocal music? List examples from the text (composers and works). 1. The first classical form of classical vocal music is mass. It is a sacred choral composition consisting of five sections: Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei. These form parts of the mass ordinary- the Roman Catholic church texts that remain the same from day to day throughout the year. An example is “Kyrie” from the Pope Marcellus Mass by Palestrina.
2. The second classical form of classical vocal music is Opera. An Opera is a choral work with costumes, sets and staging. An example is Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” and “The marriage of Figaro”.
3. The third classical form of classical vocal music is an oratorio. An oratorio is a large-scale composition using chorus, vocal soloists and orchestra. An oratorio usually is narrative text, but doesn’t use acting, scenery or costumes. An oratorio unfolds through a series of choruses, arias, duets, recitatives, and orchestral interludes. An example is George Frederick Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus”.
4. The fourth classical form of classical vocal music is an Art Song. An art song is the setting of a poem for solo voice and piano. It typically adapts the poem’s mood, and imagery into music. In art song, the accompaniment is a very important role in the…