MUS302 Assignment 3: Questioning the Canon Final Research Essay (30%)
Due Date: December 7, 2022, by 11:59pm EST
Submission Type: Online on Quercus, two submission attempts will be permitted before the deadline
Submission Attempts: 2 before the deadline
Late penalties: 10% per day (including weekends), the submission portal will close on Monday, December 12 at 11:59pm EST. Assignments handed in after this date will not be accepted.
Length: 5-6 pages (excluding footnotes and bibliography), double-spaced, 12pt font
Format: Word Document
Citations: Notes-Bibliography Chicago Style footnotes and bibliography
Choose one symphony or symphonic movement not studied in class that is:
Considered a canonical work by musicological scholarship. Using secondary sources, craft an original argument that in some way addresses why this work is part of the canon.
Considered to be outside the Western art music canon. Using secondary sources, craft an original argument that in some way addresses why this work has been excluded by the canon.
This research paper is designed to be a summative assessment that asks you to develop your ideas and research skills over the course of the term. The final product should be a polished essay that makes appropriate use of secondary sources, demonstrates your understanding of proper Chicago-Style citations, and features evidence of original ideas and critical thinking.
***To attain the quality of prose this assignment demands, it is recommended that students complete 3-4 drafts of their essay before submission.***
Pursue your research topic in a way that suits your musical experience and familiarity with musicology. It is entirely possible to write a thoughtful essay that does not directly engage with musical terms or theory. Alternatively, if you are comfortable with score analysis and using more technical musical terms, you are more than welcome to include these details.
Think carefully about which symphony to research. To make the most of the way the 3 assignments for this class are designed, you will work with the same symphony for all 3 assignments.
Both research paths have their challenges. Choosing to research a canonical work will mean that you will have access to an abundance of secondary sources; however, because of the number of sources available, it may be more difficult to formulate your original idea. Studying a non-canonical work might be challenging in terms finding secondary sources, but it may be easier to find an original vantage point from which to address your topic.
Your 5-6-page paper, double-spaced in 12pt font
Footnotes properly formatted in Chicago Style
Bibliography with the 4 types of sources (minimum, there is no maximum) from Assignment 2 properly formatted in Chicago Style
Your bibliography must include:
1 book or e-book
1 scholarly journal article (not a newspaper or magazine article)
1 entry from Oxford Music Online/Grove Music Online
1 audio recording (from Naxos Music Online, Apple Music, Spotify, etc. not YouTube)