How did Hildegard von Bingen’s “Alleluia” affect you after reading about where and by whom it was performed?
How did Hildegard von Bingen’s “Alleluia” affect you after reading about where and by whom it was performed? Imagine the setting: how do you think the use of monophony and the non-metric flow of the music might have enhanced the religious experience?
Compare this to your experience of one of the other pieces from the Medieval/Renaissance listening; it can be a sacred or secular choice – it’s only important that it moved you somehow. How was this similar, or different, for you? Use musical elements in your explanation, as well as your personal point of view.
Then, consider public events that involve “community spirit”—sports, political rallies, church services, etc. How is music used to foster that spirit? How do songs that are sung by the entire gathering differ from music played by professional musicians to “create the mood” at the event? Have you attended community events in which you were particularly inspired by the music?
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