The assigned listenings for Week 8 include two versions of three different pieces. For this assignment, choose
one of these three pieces: either “L’Espagne en Italie,” “La pointe du jour,” or “Sheepskin and Beeswax”.
State which piece you have chosen. Then do the following:
1. First, make a listening guide for each version of your chosen piece. This listening guide should be aimed at
an audience of high school or undergraduate students; presume that they have no music theory knowledge.
Creative approaches to listening guides are encouraged. Do not simply provide a listing of time codes and
musical features. Rather, guide your listener through the music with the goal of helping them make their own
connections, and perhaps even extensions, about the sounds they are hearing. On which musical elements
would you like your listeners to focus and why?
Charts, graphics, or other visual representations should be about 1/2 to 1 page in length (PDF)
Written listening guides should be about 3/4 to 1 page in length (Word doc, double-spaced).
Audio or video listening guides should be about 1-2 minutes long (mp3, m4a, mp4)
Your two listening guides may be of different types.
2. Then, write a short accompanying text (300-350 words) in response to the following: What elements does
Genticorum borrow from the earlier recording of this same piece, and what new elements have they added?
How do these changes affect the mood, or the ambiance, of the piece?
This assignment does not require scholarly references. If you do choose to cite sources, however, please
include full bibliographic references using the style guide of your choice.
See rubric for grading criteria: VPMB82 – Old and New Traditions – Rubric.pdf
Grading for this assignment will be as follows: 60% Listening Guides, 40% Accompanying Text
If you would like to receive written comments on your submission, please add a note to that effect.