Minimalism, part 1: more

a. Do Worksheet 1.1 (Describing Music)
Your teacher can send you this worksheet.

b. Here’s another music-related task:

  • Choose a piece of music in a style you don’t normally listen to.
  • Listen to it and make some notes using the vocabulary from Worksheet 1.1.
  • Describe it to your classmates.

If you need some ideas for music to listen to, you’ll find some videos on this page.

c. Discuss the two quotations. What do they mean? What are the similarities and differences between them? Do you agree?

Before you play two notes, learn how to play one note, y’know? And don’t play one note unless you’ve got a reason to play it.

Mark Hollis (1955 – 2019), songwriter and lead singer of Talk Talk, from a 1998 interview.

Silence is the great symphony.
In silence are perfect themes and sublime harmonies.
The faintest sound, the note of a violin or of a flute, diminishes the symphony
And by the music of a full orchestra it is maimed and broken.
Only when the violin and flute are silent and the sound of the full orchestra dies away
Is the symphony once more complete.

Sylvia Hortense Bliss (1870 – 1963), poet and naturalist. This quote is from Sea Level (1933).

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