Our blog assignment this week is to analyze Joni Jensen’s arrangement of “El Vito”.
Here is some information about this piece:
The vito is a song and dance (St. Vitus is the patron saint of dance) from Andalusia. Its character is fierce and flashy…the piano takes on the role of the guitar accompaniment and the singers participate in the percussion by clapping (although this is quite simplified from true flamenco clapping). –Joni Jensen
With the vito it goes
I don’t want them to look at me for I blush.
Single ladies are of gold, married ladies are of silver.
The widows are of copper, and the old ones are of tin. Don’t look straight at my face for I blush.
I don’t want you to look at me for I’m going to fall in love.
A Malaguean lady went to Sevilla to see the bulls and in the middle of the way the Moors captured her.
Use this information to write 5-7 sentences on how Joni Jensen depicts this in her arrangement of this piece.
We listened to this in class, but I encourage you to listen again with your eyes closed and focus on the elements of music: Rhythm, Melody, Tempo, Dynamics, Harmony, Form, Texture, and Timbre. Focusing on rhythm, melody, tempo, and dynamics for this assignment. You can also put into your paragraph whether or not you enjoyed this piece and why.
This assignment is worth 10 points and is due Monday March 20th at 11:59 pm. The rubric for this assignment is found here. Remember please use only your first name and last initial and put what class you are in under your name. As always I will accept a written version of this assignment.
You will receive 2 extra credit points for each post that you comment on. The comment must be at least 2 sentences to receive the full credit. The most you can receive in extra credit is 6 points.
I hope you enjoy this piece of music.
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