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1) Lesson Plan: Surrealist Composers

Objective: Students will research a surrealist composer and musical


inspiration, content, compositional methods, and lasting impact of the artist.
Procedure: Students will

Be assigned a surrealist era composer


Form groups of 2-3 to work as research partners
Research the composers
o Background- born-death, country of origin
o musical career
o musical mentors
o artistic influences
o compositional techniques
Identify 4 works of the composer and analyze form of pieces
Describe musical/artistic impact the artist had in this movement
Cite sources of information and musical recordings

Assessment:
Student groups will form and give presentations to the class including all the
information gained in their research.

2) Performance Log/Observation- students will fill out observation log during or after
they attend a concert/performance

Venue: James Madison University, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

Performer(s):

Composer and title of pieces performed: Erik Saties Gymnopedies

Describe the performers set up on stage.

List the instruments that were in the musical performance.

Was there a conductor in this performance?

Provide 4 playing techniques the performer(s) used.

What musical ideas were effective during the performance?

Describe the tone of two pieces you heard.

List tempo and stylistic words that describe the above pieces.

3) Write song lyrics in Surrealist view


Title: Cloud Burst
Verse 1
Eyes open wide
Cobwebs dripping at my side
Sky splits into the black abyss

Cant dive to find what Ive missed


Chorus
Cloud burst taking up my mind
Drowning my thoughts and changing time
Come to realize that the drops are mine
Crying from space, the stars dont align
Verse 2
Canyons twist and are melting down
Head starts to sink and feel a pound
Hands reach out from machine lines
Their grinding gears are giving me signs
Chorus
Cloud burst taking up my mind
Drowning my thoughts and changing time
Come to realize that the drops are mine
Crying from space, the stars dont align
Bridge
Figuring out how to wake up
Nightmare that I somehow thought up
Lightning screeching like yells from above
Clouds crumbling like gray crumbs
Chorus
Cloud burst taking up my mind
Drowning my thoughts and changing time
Come to realize that the drops are mine
Crying from space, the stars dont align
4) Listening Guide Worksheet, students will complete listening guide during a
recording activity.
Name:
Date:
Composer:
Title of Piece:

What compositional techniques did the composer utilize in the piece?

What images does the piece evoke for you?

How would you describe the musical style of the piece?

What instruments are in the texture?

Draw a dynamic map of the piece.

Describe and identify the note lengths, articulations, and phrase lengths
used in the piece.

5) CD Liner for a surrealist composer. Students come up with cover art and pieces
list for the composer they researched.

Erik Satie
Depths of the Mind

Front
Back- have song list, that fit into CD album title that student comes up with, at least
5 works

1. Gymnopedies
2. Gnossiennes
3. Jack in the Box
4. La piege de
Meduse
5. Genevieve de