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Final Exam Questions Essay Entertainment (General) Music

 
FINAL ESSAY EXAM
MUS 107, Fall 2013
DUE DEC10, 2013
Read the instructions carefully before you begin. Questions 1

 4 are
mandatory for all students. In addition to these compulsory questions, please select
one
 question from numbers 5 - 11. In other words, you are required to submit a
total of 5 essays, even though you are presented with 11 questions. Each essay
should be between 2-3 pages (double spaced, font size 12). Some questions require
you to include song lyrics. A hard copy of your exam must be turned in on December
10. Emailed exams will not be accepted. I am grading your essays based on the
unique ideas you bring to the conversation, so be as thoughtful and personal as you
can.
Question 1
 
Read the following essay by Karl Paulnack (head of the Music
Department at the Boston
 
Conservatory), which is based on a speech he gave
to parents of incoming freshmen. What is your reaction to this discourse? Do
you agree with his position or not? Comment on specific parts of this speech
that you find particularly compelling, or why you disagree with his opinion.
One of my parents’ deepest fears, I suspect, is that society would not 
 
properly
value me as a musician, that I wouldn’t be appreciated. I had very
 
good grades in
high school, I was good in science and math, and they
 
imagined that as a doctor or a
research chemist or an engineer, I might be
 
more appreciated than I would be as a
musician. I still remember my mother’s remark when I announced my decision to
apply to music school

she said,
 

Y
ou’re WASTING your SAT sco
es.” On some level,
I think, my parents were
 
not sure themselves what the value of music was, what its
purpose was. And
 
they LOVED music, they listened to classical music all the time.
They just 
 
weren’t really clear about its funct 
ion. So let me talk about that a little
 
bit,
because we live in a society that puts music in the “arts and
 
entertainment” section
of the newspaper, and serious music, the kind your
 
kids are about to engage in, has
absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with
 
e
ntertainment, in fact it’s the opposite of
entertainment. Let me talk a
 
little bit about music, and how it works.
The first people to understand how music really works were the ancient 
 
Greeks. And this is going to fascinate you; the Greeks said that music and
 
astronomy
were two sides of the same coin. Astronomy was seen as the study
 
of relationships
between observable, permanent, external objects, and music
 
was seen as the study
of relationships between invisible, internal, hidden objects. Music has a way of
finding the big, invisible moving pieces inside
 
our hearts and souls and helping us
figure out the position of things inside
 
us. Let me give you some examples of how
this works. One of the most profound musical compositions of all time is the
Quartet
 for 
 
the End of Time
 written by French composer Olivier Messiaen in 1940.
 
Messiaen
was 31 years old when France entered the war against Nazi Germany.
 
He was
captured by the Germans in June of 1940, sent across Germany in a
 
cattle car and