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Reaction Paper 3 Directions
Write a reaction paper on the musical piece. Imagine that you have taken on the task of making
a 38-minute video about your own life, set to this music. Describe the scenes in the video. (It
can be four separate stories from your own life, with a movement for each, or one story in four
parts, with a movement for each part.)
Start with an introductory paragraph. Give a brief overview statement of the paper’s contents
as spelled out below, identifying the composition and composer by name, and summarily
previewing the key points of the paragraphs to follow.
Like most symphonies, Beethoven’s 5th is in four movements. Since there are four movements
to the symphony, after the intro paragraph write four substantive paragraphs, each explaining
the scene associated with that movement of the symphony, and how the elements of music as
found in Kamien and used in the movement of the symphony would fit the emotions and
events of the scene.
Tip: shoot for a 50/50 balance of attention and detail between details about the
music—the way it uses the elements (tempo, meter, dynamics, modality [major/minor],
harmonic tension [consonant/dissonant], timbre, texture [which “-phonic” word], and
form)—and how each connects with the personal details it evokes in your hearing. Don’t
start the paragraph with something like “this movement’s upbeat pace reminded me
of…” and then spend the rest of it telling your personal story with no more reference to
the music’s details.
That said, there is no one "right" answer, only answers that show you understand the elements
of music as they are used in each the four movements of the symphony, and answers that show
Be sure to include at least two resources, including the textbook. The sources should be
properly referenced in APA format.