How would you use word painting to put the following section of a poem to music, as in a madrigal? Where would there be unusual chromatic harmonies? Where would the voices overlap into polyphony? Where would you use homophony? Would there be only voices, or would instruments join? Would it be more like the Italian or English madrigal? Have explanations for your decisions.
We head home: through the gloss of rain or weight
of snow, or the plum blush of dusk, but always - home,
always under one sky, our sky. And always one moon
like a silent drum tapping on every rooftop
and every window, of one country - all of us -
facing the stars
hope - a new constellation
waiting for us to map it,
waiting for us to name it - together.
We won’t perform them (we aren’t writing melodies), but we will talk through your decisions. Remember that everyone should be recording the work. Also, if you don’t finish in class, please do so on your own at home; as individuals, you’ll be turning in select class activities at the end of each unit.
I realize I'm treading on obnoxious optimism, but I feel like this really is a great way to teach this course; it's possible I'm actually piquing an interest, an appreciation...
Also, I really love the imagery of a 'silent drum tapping.' It makes me think of yearning, and the concept of a moon yearning is one of the more beautiful ideas I've heard in a while.