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Peer Review

Internet Renaissance Band

by Curtis Clark


Overall Numeric Rating:

4.33 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 3.2 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Aug 03, 2004 by Music
Overview: This site offers a library of early music performances in a MIDI format. MIDI files are offered for a wide number of composers from the mediaeval and rennaissance periods.
Type of Material: A web site dedicated to early music and MIDI performances of early works. Some descriptive information is also available.
Recommended Uses: Historical overview of early music.
Technical Requirements: Up to date multimedia browser capable of performing MIDI files.
Identify Major Learning Goals: Familiarity with early music literature, its context and authentic sound.
Target Student Population: Music students of all ages. Of particular interest to music and literature students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None but a familiarity with early music history would enrich the listening.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: This is a single site that offers a broad overview of prominent early music compositions. A good attempt at imitating early music instrument sounds is made using the standard general midi library.
Concerns: MIDI performances are not capable of creating the instrumental qualities of early music. Performance practice of the time is also difficult to imitate in a MIDI performance. Choral compositions do not map well into MIDI where the text may be a central component of the performance.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3.2 stars
Strengths: This is a centralized site for a student to gain a quick overview of the compositional practice from these early periods. The site offers examples from a wide range of known composers.
Concerns: The performance practice for these periods are compromised some by the MIDI performances. Although historical accuracy is not exactly known live performances would allow for a wider range of performance expression. Therefore this site works much better as a source of compositional practice rather than performance practice of the period.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The site is quite transparent and easy to navigate.
Concerns: None

Other Issues and Comments: None