follow the directions below 1

  1. A COMPARISON STUDY – things to consider… A full description of what you heard, comparing and contrasting the 4 movements from the symphony you choose to analyze. Use specific information (terms, etc.) that you have learned from the course in your descriptions. A majority of your paper should be a description of what you heard and a comparison of the similarities and differences between the movements of the symphony you choose to analyze.

Use these five categories to compare the four movements of the symphony (one movement at a time):

  1. Tonality – Major or minor tonality?
  2. Tempo – fast, slow, moderate, gradually changing (Note: each movement is named a tempo marking)
  3. Meter – duple, triple, or quadruple
  4. Dynamics – loud, soft, gradually changing?
  5. Articulation – accent, staccato, sforzando, tenuto, fermata, legato?
  6. Background information that you find about the composer and the symphony you are analyzing on the Internet. After you read information about the symphony, watch the performance (YouTube). Then write your analysis. And don’t forget to cite your sources at the end of the comparison study.

COPY AND PASTE THE URL FROM EACH WEBSITE WHERE YOU FOUND THE INFORMATION AT THE END OF THE REPORT. I must be able to verify your information by using the URL, so be sure it is complete.

  1. WRITING STYLE: Grammar, spelling, syntax, rhetoric and addressing all of the guidelines as listed above.
  2. How will the report be graded?

The report MUST contain the following:

  • The title of the symphony and the composer.
  • Write one paragraph on the composer of the work
  • List each of the four movements and analyze each movement separately. Then compare each movement with the other movements.
  • Cite your sources at the end of the paper
  1. How should the report be formatted?
  • Typed, average size font (11-12), double-spaced.
  • Minimum: Approximately three to four pages. Maximum: No limit! (Points will be deducted for reports shorter than three pages).
  • Do not use bullet points to describe the elements of a piece in your paper; remember this is an essay!
  • Weight: This comparison study/analysis paper counts 10% toward your final grade in the course.
  1. How To Submit Your Report
  • Submit your report through our CANVAS class. It uses VeriCite for plagiarism. DO NOT copy directly from the Internet. The ENTIRE paper MUST be in your own words. It is strongly suggested that you type your paper using a word processor such as MSWord, making sure that you save your work as you go along. Do not type in the textbox; instead have your report saved as a document. The document formats you can upload are txt, doc, and pdf, as well as jpg, gif and tif. Google docs and Pages docs are not acceptable.
  1. How to prepare for the concert listening experience
  • Look up information on the composer, musical style and, the symphony you are analyzing ahead of time. Use the Internet or reference sources (books, articles, etc.) in the Music Lab on campus or online. Be sure to CITE your sources (ie: URL, book article, etc) or points will be deducted. (NOTE: Using someone else’s material as your own is considered plagiarism and is a violation of the college academic honesty code and may result in a grade of 0%.)

Good luck and don’t wait until the last minute!