Music/Drama 9 - Listening Assignments

"Can't Buy Me Love" - Style Comparison

Listen to the 'Rock' version by the Beatles
Listen to the 'Jazz' version by Michael Buble
Listen to the 'Renaissance Madrigal" version by the King's Singers

Describe the stylistic differences (developing vocabulary to describe readily identifiable style differences)
     Instrumental differences
     Vocal differences

Can't Buy Me Love - Beatles.mp3
Can't Buy Me Love - Michael Buble.mp3
Can't Buy Me Love - King's Singers.mp3

"Dona Nobis Pacem" - Composition comparison

"Lord, Give Us Peace".  A common prayer or desire of many . . . but what does this mean?  On many different levels we ask God, or we desire, 'peace' in a situation. 

The most obvious 'pageant' answer would be "World Peace", in reference to far off wars and disputes in the Middle East or Africa and many places around the world, where political and ethnic tensions have been raw and harsh for centuries. The tensions are heated and explosive and they impact huge numbers of people.  The conflicts are severe and impersonal with unresolved dissonance. 

On a personal note we desire and pray for personal, inner peace as we struggle with issues and tensions related to our health, busy schedules, or confidence.  The tension is quiet, intense and often confusing. It's not often outward but impacts us on a personal inner level

One step further, we find a desire of peace between siblings and/or parents.  The tension often stems out of a conflict arising suddenly.  A playful situation gone wrong; an argument during a friendly conversation; or an unrestrained explosion that we allow to spring out due to the comfortability and closeness we experience in a normal family dynamic. Often returns back to 'brotherly' love because of a need for familial love that needs to be in place to survive.

We continue further out and find the need for peace in relationships between friends and acquaintances.  Tensions are more passive aggressive; annoyances that we try to ignore because we don't know them as closely as family.  This could extend to acquaintances that are not friends.

We strive for peace in relationship with God.  How are you seeing God today?  Is he your "Abba" or Daddy, friend/comforter, or omnipotent ruler and judge?

We pray for peace in social disruptions.  Natural disasters, cancer treatments, or extraordinary circumstances that leave families and individuals in situations beyond their control and comprehension.

We desire peace in our communities, as neighbours live among others and governments make bylaws to help live in community with others.  Funds are allocated, philsophical and practice arguments ensue and people become distant mortal enemies over the way one parks his or her car.

There's the striving for peace on a federal level (or provincial) where governments protect culture and prosperity from the unknown threats and stories of threats.  Elections bring about 'toothless' gnashing of teeth and soap box politics are created to "create" divisions on purpose. The resolution comes with a smile . . . "nothing personal - let's get back to work".

How do you put "peace" with all it's variances in tension and resolution into words?  You need the abstract picture qualities of music to describe intricate emotions. 

Listen to the following versions of arrangements of a traditional peace melody; "Dona Nobis Pacem".  What kind of peace are they dealing with?  Do the composers/artist have a story or relationship they are trying to describe. Write a brief paragraph describing the type of peace story each version seems to describe.

Version 1:  2 celli (2 cello players)
Version 2:  Mandolin and Bass
Version 3:  Clarinet and Piano

Dona Nobis Pacem - 2 celli.mp3
Dona Nobis Pacem - mandolin & bass.mp3
Dona Nobis Pacem - clarinet & piano.mp3