listening to an NPR story on the music of the Sistine Chapel and responding to prompts related to the singers, composers, and personal reactions to this type of music.

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listening to an NPR story on the music of the Sistine Chapel and responding to prompts related to the singers, composers, and personal reactions to this type of music.

Writing Assignment 2: Music of the Sistine Chapel
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Description
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This is an NPR story focusing on music in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City. Read the summary of “Composing for the Pope: A Church Music Primer.” Then, click on “Listen Now” in the top left corner to open the 11 minute program. Listen carefully to the interview.
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Weekend Edition Sunday. Composing for the Pope. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89775986
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Assignment
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Go to the NPR story on their website.
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Read the summary
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Click “Listen Now” in the top left corner to open the program
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Listen to the entire interview
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Respond to the following prompts:
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How many singers made up the Sistine Chapel Choir? What was the breakdown by voice part?
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What was the “ideal” church music according to Catholic liturgical tradition?
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Which two great composers were strongly associated with the Sistine Chapel Choir? Describe the music of these composers in detail.
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What are your personal reactions to this type of music? Would you like to hear this type of music more often?
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How is this music different from the church music you are accustomed to?
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All answers should be written in proper formal style. This means that responses should be written in complete sentences with no spelling or grammatical errors. Try to expand on your ideas as much as possible — one-word responses are never acceptable.
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Please create your response in a Word document file that you will submit under the Assignments tab. It needs to be at least 1 page, double-spaced, 12-point font. Do not list your name, class title, date, etc. on the paper in the corners nor list the questions again in your final submission.
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You can either write your answers in essay format with each question being a new paragraph, or you can number them and answer accordingly.
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When saving and submitting your writing assignments, please use the following naming convention:
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Lastname Firstname WA2.docx
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Please address all of the prompts in your response. Any response that requires your opinion on the music should be extensive; this is always the most important aspect of the assignment. Do not settle for a simple, surface-level answer; music is complex as are human feelings and reactions to it. You must work to articulate your ideas and opinions clearly and completely. You will not be graded based on your opinions — you will be graded based on your ability to communicate your ideas.
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Do not cut and paste any of your answer from another source. Plagiarism includes any copying of the words, structure, or ideas of another author without clear citation of that source. If you use the ideas of another author, put these in your own words.

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