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Baroque Gestures Activity

 

Students learn about the importance of gestures in baroque opera through viewing and practicing them.

Goals:

  • to teach students that baroque opera involved body movement as well as music, and that physical motion and musical material were intimately linked in the 17th and 18th centuries
  • to demonstrate how stage gesture can affect one's interpretation of an opera scene.

Class: Music 97a: Music History and Repertory: Medieval to Baroque

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Bring a Goddess to a Party

Students were expected to have researched one goddess from the ancient Near East as described in several primary and secondary sources. The description of the activity on the syllabus is as follows: Choose a female deity or demon from the ancient Near East that you find captivating. Now imagine you have just invited her to a party at Smith College. Describe what she looks like and what she will wear to the party. How will you introduce her to your friends? Tell them where she is from, what her interest are, and explain her special talents, as well as any personality traits that might make for awkward social interactions.

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