Creative Arts I


Please note: this observation form is not to be turned in with your paper. It is intended to help you gather information on which to base your music paper #1 and music paper #2. If you need assistance writing either paper, remember to bring this completed observation form and your completed first draft of your paper when you meet with Dr. Holzer. Remember, you can read a sample paper to get a general idea of how the finished music paper is supposed to look.

1. Location of Concert: _______________________________________________

2. Date of Concert: __________________________________________________

3. Performance Medium:

Give the name of the ensemble or soloist(s), and then select the most accurate description of the musicians, supplying the requested information. Does the music use instruments, voices, or both?


a. Solo Instrumentalist (name the instrument): __________________

b. Solo Vocalist (name the voice type): _________________________

c. Chamber Music Ensemble (kind of ensemble, i.e. duo, trio, quartet, quintet, etc.)


d. Large Ensemble (kind of ensemble, i.e. symphony, chorus, marching band, etc.)


4. Program:

List the pieces on the program, including the composer, in the order they were performed. (Note: you are being asked to list the titles of the pieces, not to list each movement within each piece.)

Title / Composer











5. Musical Description:

For a limited number of pieces listed above (for Paper #1 write about 1 long piece or 2 short-to-moderate pieces; for Paper #2 write about 2 long pieces, or 4 shorter pieces on the program), take notes shortly after you hear it played. Describe the music in musical terms. Things to consider for your description:

Generally, what was the tempo and the dynamic range for that piece or a movement of a piece?. (i.e. dramatic and intense, with a fast tempo, and often with loud dynamics. Or gentle and reflective, slow, and predominantly soft. Or?)

What features of a piece were most memorable--for example, did you tend to remember slower, lyrical sections; or triumphant parts; or fast, exciting parts? Were there any striking melodies and rhythms played by particular instruments? Were there any unusual vocal, instrumental, or electronic effects?

Emotions, images, and ideas. Did the musical composition evoke feelings or thoughts?

Was the piece short (5 minutes or less), of moderate length (6-15 minutes) or long (16 minutes or more)?





6. Stylistic Periods and Genres:

a) Using your textbook or other respected musical resource, identify the style period for the composers represented on this concert program (Kamien p. 54).







b) Identify the historical or stylistic periods represented on this concert. Choose one historical or stylistic period to describe for your paper. Look up the stylistic characteristics for that period in your textbook. [Classical, p. 160-161, 209; Romantic, pp. 219-222, 295; Twentieth Century, p. 307-311; p. 343-344; pp. 358-366 post-1945; Baroque, pp. 104-107; Nonwestern Music, p. 419 etc.] In your own words, describe the primary stylistic characterists for that musical style related to the piece you heard in the style at this concert.










c) Choose two composers represented on this concert. Look up biographical information about each composer. In your own words, write a 1-2 paragraph description of each composer. (Why is the composer considered important? What musical accomplishments is s/he known for? (symphonies? string quartets? operas? Romantic character pieces for solo piano? Baroque flute chamber music? piano ragtime? Broadway musicals? etc. )