Review and Analysis of Missa Mirabillis, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43, Don Nobis Pacem

Paragraph 1: Tell date, place and title of performance. Scan in a program if possible.? Give background on the performance, tell something about the performers, and place the performance in some historical perspective. What is your interest in the performance?
Paragraph 2: Using the “Description, Analysis and Interpretation” information below, describe the performance in general. Examine the setting and staging, costumes, lighting, musical interpretation. Describe each piece of music and your reaction to it. Give details.
1. Description consists of naming and describing all that you see in the work of art. Imagine, for instance, that you are an archaeologist and you want to write a report about what you have seen. You would want to write a very objective account (the facts) of what you had just discovered. Start your description by providing basic information such as the work’s name, the artist’s name, the date, the location, etc. Relate the work to its historical period. Discuss the ways in which the work’s content and/or style are characteristic of that historical period. Next, describe in objective terms everything that you see in the artwork. Imagine that you are telling someone who has never seen a work of art what the artifact looks like to you. Describe its size, shape, color, texture, its placement, etc–all facts that you can gain from a good photograph and/or factual description. You may want to consult an outside source here, but really this section should focus mainly on your immediate perceptions of the work of art. Use your textbook as a starting place for basic descriptive information. You’ll have the chance to analyze and interpret the work in the following two sections, so make sure to focus entirely on descriptive elements here. It doesn’t matter if you understand the cultural context of the artifact at this point. You are just describing and documenting what you perceive through the understanding of someone living in modern times. Take a look at the following site for more ideas/information on describing art.
2. Formal Analysis consists of exploring the elements of composition. The tools of the artist, architect, designer, photographer, movie maker, sculptor etc. are color (light), texture, space, color and shape (form). Through formal analysis, you will explore how the artist uses these elements to create a work of art and meaning within the composition. You will need to name and discuss each of the elements of composition. This is the section where you will need to rely outside sources of information. Use or one of the other search tools outlined in Unit 1 to explore the web and locate relevant sources. (If you cannot locate sources, you may want to switch your topic.) As you analyze the piece, you’ll be breaking it down into its component parts and focusing on the relationships between these parts in hopes of gaining an understanding of how the parts work together to form a unified whole. Ask WHY did the artist use this color, shape, texture, size, etc.? Ask WHY did the artist include this particular design element? Ask HOW did the artist produce a certain effect? Take a look at the following site for more ideas/information on analyzing art.
3. Interpretation is the overall meaning through the perspective of the individual viewer. What does the artifact “say” to you? How has the artist created meaning or content for you, the viewer, within the artwork? What is the function of the piece? What cultural values are suggested by or in the work? Provide examples from the work to support your answer. This section is entirely devoted to YOUR reactions, YOUR impressions! Each person in the class may have a different understanding or interpretation of a work of art. We all come from various backgrounds and experiences. We look at things differently. There is no right or wrong in interpreting a work of art. The only wrong way would be to not include an interpretation in your paper.
Documenting Sources & Plagiarism: You must document any outside sources of information you include as part of your discussion/analysis using proper MLA (Modern Language Association) format. Any information that is not entirely your own, including quotations, statistics AND paraphrased or summarized material, should be correctly documented.
Paragraph 3: Pick one feature of the performance and examine it in detail.? You might choose one song, one actor, one act or segment of the performance. Describe why this one aspect was either the very best or the very worst element of the performance.
Paragraph 4: Give your overall reaction to the performance. What does this performance say about our culture??

Here are the musical links to the following:
Stephen Hough – Missa Mirabillis – I cannot fina a recording of this.
Rachmaninov – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 –
Vaughan Williams – Dona Nobis Pacem –

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