Memorized Singing II MUS 111 ScheduleMUS 111 SyllabusWilliam Wieland
Sing the following 12 items competently* to earn 100 points.
Sing slowly and keep a steady tempo. Do not pause, stop, or restart.
Remember, good posture and breath support improve intonation.
Sing the following examples with major solfège (except the 1 to 5 and 5 to 1 Excerpts). 
T Familiar Major Triad Excerpts (I will choose 3 including Taps.)
51 to 5 and 5 to 1 Excerpts (I will choose 3.)
H Haydn Surprise theme from Symphony No. 94, mvt. 2 — Sing the first 4 bars + 1 note.
M Mozart Eine kleine Nachtmusik, 1st movement, 1st theme
  Memorize the first 4 bars + 1 note. (Sing the top note of chords.)

3We Three Kings of Orient Are or We Three Kings — Sing 15 bars with la-based minor.
B J.S. Bach “Little” Fugue in G minor — Sing the first 12 notes with do-based harmonic minor.
CThe Coventry Carol — Sing the entire melody with do-based harmonic minor. — Patterns
L Sing a melodic minor scale with solfège—even if you did it last semester.

Themes from Grieg's Peer Gynt require major, harmonic minor, and a little chromatic solfège.
We will not practice the Grieg in class. I expect you to figure these out on your own.
(2 points per theme—You may ignore grace notes and trills.)
m “Morning Mood”
a “Åse's Death”
s “Solveig's Song”
k “In the Hall of the Mountain King” — Line Rider - Mountain King


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* Competently means few or no mistakes, e.g. a 4-bar phrase may have one careless mistake. Competently also means in tune.

If a performance is of questionable quality, you may attempt that item again later in the semester.

If you score 100 before the semester is finished, you may perform 2-handed Tapping II, Sight Singing II, or Reciting Rhythms & Conducting II.

Why sing with solfège from memory?
  • To improve intonation.
  • To become more fluent with solfège.
  • To lay a solid foundation for sight singing.
“You must learn by heart a fair number of melodies so that by the memory of these notes you will recognize all sounds, of whatever sort. For it is indeed quite another thing to recall something with understanding than it is to sing something by rote; only the wise can do the former while persons without foresight can often do the latter.”

Guido of Arezzo, about 1030