Assignment 2: Field Research Report
Rules for success:
1. Always, always, always, include the name of a piece of music that is being discussed or referenced, the name of a video being used, and its presenter or performing group, or no credit will be given for your answer.
2. Researching using outside sources and plagiarizing: Searching for answers from sources other than Mindtap, Simoncic lectures, videos, or assigned youtube videos will not be accepted. Outside sources are often dated or often only partially accurate. Plagiarizing using AI or another student’s work or an outside source will be handled according to the NU policy found in the Syllabus. With the new Artificial Intelligence available, cheating has become a more common practice. I will keep a close eye on the answers submitted by students. Use your mind not the mind of a machine.
(60 pt.) Does instrumental music tell a story? The following music was composed by your teacher, Max Simoncic: https://www.dropbox.com/s/magf67jbslfaty5/Juxtapose%201st%20Movement.mp3?dl=0
Does instrumental music tell a story? My story through my music compositions is personal. I never share it in the symphony program notes for the audience to read. I prefer hearing their story as to what it means to them. What the listener thinks each section means is just as valuable because it becomes their story. That’s why I prefer writing instrumental music over a vocal song.
As a composer, when I write a song or choral work the lyrics both define and control the feelings. The listener then is subject to the meaning of the words. There is little room for interpretation but easy to relate to because it requires nothing of the listener assuming they understand the language.
1. (25 pt.) (Answer this) First: listen to the first of three movements of the Simoncic work. Movements are entire pieces that may be as short as a couple of minutes to as long as 15 minutes or even longer. A movement of music would be equal to a third of a longer novel.
2. Listen to the given timestamp sections and write down your thoughtson what the music in each provided timestamp expresses. I’m not interested in a movie or cartoon reference, but I am interested in your personal thoughts. If this is too complex for you, you may include another person within your family or a close friend to help with this section What a listener thinks for each timestamp is of great significance. That’s why I prefer writing instrumental music over a vocal song.
Address each of the following timestamps expressing your personal thoughts.
2:17 to 3:54
5:10 to 6:14
Next: What was I expressing when composing the work?
Now listen again and read what I was expressing with this music. Then answer the question typed at the end of the timestamps.
I added a small section from timestamp 0:00-1:17 following my mother and father’s passing.
The second timestamp from 2:17 to 3:54 was a personal feeling of love for my parents.
Third Timestamp 3:55- 5:10 is a reflection of the brutal hardships inflicted upon us Post-WWII by the socialists/communist party that ruled over Yugoslavia. The citizen mob mentality was no better, they shamed people that did not wish to become a socialist-communist or comply with their narratives and agendas.
My mother’s refusal to join the socialist/communist path and give up our Christian faith was our “crime” that sent us to prison. She, my two teen sisters, and I at age 4 months, were sent to a political prison camp. We were tried and sentenced by thesocialist towns’ people for not complying with the new rules and agendas which were anti-Christian. Keep in mind that I’m discussing Yugoslavia post-WWII and not any current world, social, or political events.
Mom and my sisters were forced into being slaves. For them, the 12+ hours per day of hard work were fierce and ugly. There was little food and a great deal of physical and mental abuse to all four of us.
By age 3 I learned to sing communist patriotic songs for scraps of food tossed to me by Yugoslavian communist soldiers. That is if they weren’t in the mood to give me a beating. The towns’ people would periodically gather at the fences and shout insults at all who were locked up. I have never trusted (mob mentality and agendas) nor complied with forced ideals. I’m confident that you can see why.
My story is ever so common in all parts of a non-free country where rights are taken from the people. As a footnote, tens of thousands of Catholics and other Christians were executed by Tito’s socialist/communist soldiers. This after WWII; others were placed into political prison camps.
Timestamp 5:10 to 6:14 (The escape and freedom): In our 6th year, my mother planned our escape. She realized that some people in the prison camp were disappearing (being shot). By the grace of God, we managed to escape in the cold of winter. Our journey took several weeks and many hiding places. There were just enough people that were not socialist sympathizers that helped us reach the border of Italy and into freedom. The story is actually longer. We were hunted, but that is something I wish not to share. We finally made it to an American Army-run refugee camp in Italy where we found my father. We had no idea that he was there or that he was even alive.
6:14 to 6:40 reflects my parent’s final freedom, peace, and farewell.
Part II: (60 pt.)
Discovering the folk music or traditional (non-pop culture) music from your ancestry: Look for the music of the past from your ancestry, ethnic identity, and or national identity. If there is more than one, concentrate on one or two that seem most closely related to your ancestry. If you are not sure, ask an older relative if they have any information. List all source references.
1. Find at least one youtube video example of traditional (not pop culture) music representing your DNA, nationality, or ethnicity. What was the best part of this music?
2. Find at least one folk or traditional dance representing your discovery. Try Youtube.
3. Find at least two common types of traditional food representing your discovery.
4. Write a conclusion on some things you discovered that may have intrigued or surprised you after doing this assignment.
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