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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


George Crumb: Voice of the Whale Analysis

by Patricia Gray
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 4.7 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Sep 07, 2005 by Music
Overview: George Crumb: Voice of the Whale Analysis is a study and performance practice
site for the work by George Crumb. The site contains seven sections titled:
Sample Sounds, Performance Notes, Score, Writings, Recordings and Assignments.
The site provides performance and background information with notated score and
aural examples of this work.
Learning Goals: The major goal is to learn the performance techniques and background information to successfully understand and perform "Voice of the Whale."
Target Student Population: College level music students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Some familiarity in comtemporary music would enhance the learning experience.
Type of Material: Reference site.
Recommended Uses: This would be an ideal site to help college level contemporary chamber ensemble
prepare a performance of this work. Accompanied by assignment questions about the study of this work, this site could be used as a module in a course on contemporary music.
Technical Requirements: Works well with any computer with an online connection. Requires either
Quicktime Player or Flash.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.7 stars
Strengths: The information is clear, concise and accurate. The site also includes links to other reference sites on or related to George Crumb and his music.
Concerns: A more extensive narrative on the challenges of performing each technique might provide students with a clearer understanding of how to master each technique. This site is part of Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) and one can easily move away from the information for this discussion because of the many links available in the left frame.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The strength of this site is in isolating specific contemporary performance practices necessary for the performance of the work, providing a notated and aural example of each technique, and providing a narrative description of the technique.
Concerns: The audience for this site must be relatively advanced to benefit. It is not
recommended for an introductory lecture/demonstration for the 20th century. The links are labeled and arranged in a non-sequential format. This may be seen as either a strength or weakness depending on the use of the site.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The site is easy to use.
Concerns: The links that produce a new window is not always consistent. Two or three
pages into a link it becomes a little difficult to "back out."

Other Issues and Comments: None.