Pierrot Lunaire Study Module is a study and performance practice site for the work by Arnold Schoenberg. The site contains two sections titled: Basics and Special Topics. The Basics section contains sub-sections titled: Online Recordings, Text/Translation, Instrumentation, Animations, Glossary, Bibliography and ACS Pierrot Ensemble 2003. The Special Topics section contains sub-sections titled: Pierrot in History, Pierrot in Art and Sprechstimme. The site provides performance and background information including selected movements with a notated score and aural examples.
Type of Material:
This would be an excellent reference site for students study of this specific work as well as early 20th century music.
Works well with any computer with an online connection. Requires either Quicktime Player or Shockwave.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
To learn the performance techniques and background information to successfully understand and perform "Pierrot Lunaire."
Target Student Population:
College level music students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Some familiarity in contemporary music would enhance the learning experience. Score reading ability is necessary.
The information is clear, concise and accurate. The site includes links to related topics.
While the narrative on sprechstimme addresses the challenges of this specific technique, a more extensive narrative on the challenges of performing this work would give students a greater understanding of this seminal 20th century composition.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The greatest strength of this site is in the movements highlighted in the Animation sub-section. Here the movements are presented through a notated score with audio. One example shows the way Schoenberg built the opening harmonic idea for the Nacht movement.
A more complete representation of the music in the Animations sub-section would offer a more complete understanding of the the work. The glossary and bibliography are extensive. Definitions are available on the site but the bibliography is not anotated. There are many places that could have a link out to supportive material but sends the student to a hardcopy listing. The interactive potential is not fully realized.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is easy to use. The Shockwave animations are large enough to complain if the browser does not have enough memory.
Other Issues and Comments:
This is a very attractive site with enough information to be valuable to a first time student of this music. The discussion is based on a specific performance with specific information about the players. It does offer information that is valuable about the work in general. For all students is ideal to connect the notation to performance.
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