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Orientation Vivaldi Assignment

I’m working on a music discussion question and need a sample draft to help me study.

https://youtu.be/TjMRCu1i4QUIn case you didn’t listen to the video above (if you didn’t, please imagine Dr. B scowling at you right now), please note that this assignment is NOT due during this module. This page is an introduction to the instructions so that students who want to spend more time on the creative assignment have enough time to really dig in. The assignment is NOT due in this module. Please check the Canvas Calendar for the due date of this assignment. And, read on for instructions.

Listen to the first movement of “Spring” by Antonio Vivaldi by downloading and playing the file found on Canvas 01 Four Seasons, Op. 8, Spring_ Allegro.mp3 or you can also google search “First Movement Vivaldi Spring” and listen to any of the versions online.

Using the music as inspiration, CREATE! Ideas include a poem (like Vivaldi), short story, take a photograph, paint/draw, choreograph a dance, write your own music, create a recipe or treat– the sky is the limit.

Canvas_Overview.pngWhat to submit

For full credit, there are TWO items to turn in the following on Canvas:

Upload to Vivaldi Assignment Creation. Because your creations will vary, you might need to be creative in getting it to me. Here are some general guidelines on how you might submit certain things

Upload a picture/video/scan of paintings, drawings

Link to youtube for large videos/collages

Upload your word doc or pdf of a story, play, poem

Vivaldi Assignment Explanation Upload where you submit a double-spaced, typed explanation (approximately 1-2 pages) of why the music inspired you in such a way. Be specific and make sure to incorporate at least 4 elements of music in your explanation. (Ex.,The violins in the beginning played a twirling, conjunct melody that reminded me of snow falling so I chose to draw a picture of snow gently falling. When the trumpets entered loudly in the middle of the piece, it made me think of a warm wind coming through and melting the snow so my next comic book pane showed that. When the violins came back, it was the same melody but this time the tempo was slower, so I drew snow at nightfall to match that dreamy quality.)

Grading.pngGrading and Guidelines for your artwork

For your Vivaldi creation (due in this assignment), you receive points for creating.

Although I will certainly be awed by it, I am not grading on artistic talent. If you have the ability, feel free to make something amazing! But, if like me, your drawing ability stops at stick figures, feel free to submit your best darn stick figure drawing.

I’m looking for thought and creativity, not ability.

Some students find it easier to create their project based on a little section of the music instead of the entire 3 minutes. If your idea would be too time-consuming to do for the whole 3 minutes of the song, just choose a small portion of the music to create to. Points will not be deducted for thoughtful creations that narrow in on a small portion of music.

A note about copyright: I have given you an excellent orchestra and soloist’s version of Vivaldi’s Spring. This version is subject to copyright laws. For our class, which is classified as educational purposes in copyright law, we can use this mp3 to listen and create with. Do not post your creation for capital gain as it would violate copyright laws.

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