Another Interesting 1123 Blog

I don’t mean to instill a sense of competition, but your fellow students over on another Music Hum blog are doing nice work too… link

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A Post About Classical Music and Blog Syndication

There are a number of blogging solutions at Columbia (CUIT and Pressible both offer personal blogs and CCNMTL offers course blogs via EdBlogs). One interesting use is to have students’ personal blogs (like this one) feed into several course blogs via a tag. As an example, I’m feeding this post into this fictitious Music Humanities site via the tag “humaw1123″.

Now, to satisfy the other element in this post’s title, since I don’t have much interesting to say about classical music, I’ll simply mention a CD that I’ve liked for a long time: Schubert: Impromptus, Moments Musicaux perfromed by Ethella Chuprik. This CD was originally released on Naxos in 1995 (?) and if it were vinyl I would have worn it out. If you’re on Columbia’s campus, please feel free to give it a listen.

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First Listening – Gregorian chant

In our discussion on 9/13, we focused principally on the role of Gregorian Chant in the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages. While some Catholic and Anglican churches continue to incorporate chant into their services, Gregorian Chant is probably best known today through the commercially successful recordings of the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo and their many imitators. Celebrated for its serenity and spiritual qualities, Gregorian Chant appears to have found a small place in popular culture as music for meditation—though not necessary related to its original function in the Catholic Church. What do you think of the modern-day chant Renaissance? What happens to Gregorian Chant when divorced from its original liturgical context? What are the pros and cons of the commercial marketing of the Chant recordings? Do the commercialization and popularization of Gregorian Chant detract from its sacred nature, or are they necessary for keeping alive an almost-extinct repertory? Your response need not address all of these questions, and may certainly incorporate other ideas as well. Feel free to draw on personal experience, discuss recent waves in the news or the Internet (cited, of course), and respond to the postings of your classmates. I only ask that your response be 1-2 paragraphs in length, well-organized, and proofread for spelling and grammar. To receive full credit, please post your response no later than 11:59 pm on Sunday, September 23.

Listen to this (Incipt lamentatio) track and then comment with your thoughts about 

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