Poetic Meter & Text-Setting
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|This lesson is part of the Rhythm, Meter & Form category.|
- Students will be able to analyze a short text for prosodic meter and scansion.
- Students will be able to set a lyric to music using normative melodic and rhythmic conventions.
- Students will be able to discuss the scansion of a musical excerpt and how it affects the musical and lyrical aspects of the piece.
- Students will understand the role of rhyme scheme in a musical work.
On Poetic Meter
- "Stress and Intonation" (Learning English Online)
- "Meter" (Literary Devices)
- M. Saunders. "Setting Text in English to Music."
- F. Tobey. "2A Poetic Meter" (A Feeling for Harmony).
- Henry Purcell, "If Music Be the Food of Love," Text
- Ignatio Sancho, “Sweetest Bard,” Score, Text
- Discussion and demonstration of scansion, lyric setting.
- Analysis of a musical excerpt for scansion and rhyme scheme
- Analysis of a given or student-selected text for scansion, and composition of a rhythm and melody which properly accommodates that scansion
- Find the scansion of a given lyric (or poem)
- Setting a given lyric to rhythm and/or melody
- Analysis of written and recorded music for scansion