Listening Assignment #2 (LA#2)
The song: Take the A Train by Duke Ellington (3:13)
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Format: One page typewritten, double-spaced. Please use a 12pt font.
Please place your name – LA# 2 – today’s date (on the upper left hand corner of the paper). Do not include the name of the song anywhere in the header or above the
body of the paper.
Example: John or Mary Student – LA#2 – 3/17/16.
Listening assignments are opinion papers. You will point out several objective points in the music, i.e. tonal color, dynamics, texture, etc., describe them, and then give your detailed (subjective) opinions of them.
Take the A Train consists of female and male vocals, piano. bass, drums, wind instruments (trumpets, trombones, saxophones) and dancing.
Specific questions to answer and topics to cover for Take the A Train:
- Name the instruments you hear during the introduction at the very beginning?
- Is the overall texture thin or thick during the intro? Why?
- Name the instrument that keeps the basic tempo or beat of the song?
- Would you say the tempo or pulse is slow, medium or fast?
- What is the mood of the song? Do you like the mood? Why or why not?
- The dynamics change in the song. Describe why and where in the song.
- Which instruments create the tonal color in the song?
- Do the vocals add to the song? Why or why not? How about the dancing?
- Would you listen to this song again after completing this assignment? Why?
Please note: Listening Assignments are not research papers. Please do not include any of the following:
- biographies of the musicians
- how successful the musicians are or how many records they sold
- a history of the song and/or the musicians
- any comparisons to any other song even if it is by the same artist
Final points: Please listen to the song several times and take notes during each performance. For example, listen once for texture, then again for dynamics, etc.
Again, It's an easy don't just answer the questions with out putting it together in an essay. Follow the instructions!