Biography Questions: (This portion should be 2-3 pages long, please do not discuss pieces here)
When and when was he born?
Who were his parents and what did they do for a living?
How many siblings did he have, were they musical?
Who were his teachers and musical influences?
What was his religion?
Did religion influence his music?
Where did he go to school?
Where did he work and for whom?
Was he married and to whom?
Did he and his wife have children?
Did her children study music and with whom did they study music?
Did he have psychological disorders or illnesses?
If so, how were they treated?
What were some interesting things about his life or events that happened in his life that are unique?
Where and when did he die and how?
Where is he buried?
Who did he influence or who were some of his most famous pupils?
Music Period, Genres, and Characteristics of his Style: (1-2 pages, please use your book and my lectures for this portion of the paper)
In which period did he live including dates from the period? (Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, or Classical)
What was the historical context of this period (write one paragraph on this)
What were the musical characteristics of this period. (Middle Ages pages 65-73, Renaissance pages 78,79 and 84, Baroque pages 102-107, and Classical pages 156-163)
What types of genres did he compose (provide a list, For example, Beethoven composed 9 Symphonies,
1 Opera, 1 Mass, 32 Piano Sonatas, 5 Piano Concertos, etc.)?
Your Own Analysis (1-2 pages, please do not use 1st person)
Choose one or two pieces by your composer which you like (you can use examples found in your book
Define the Genred and Describe the pieces (genre and instrumentation, number of movements, form of each movement)
Give some of your own thoughts but do not use the 1st person. (For example, you could say: “The piece
has lively rhythms.” Rather than saying: “I like the lively rhythms of this piece.”).
Please use 4-5 Sources and cite them in your paper. Also, include a bibliography. A paper without citations and a bibliography will not be accepted or graded.