Here is a link to a Spotify playlist, entitled Covers. (Links to an external site.)The list consists of song sets, each with an original version of a song or piece of music, followed by one or more covers of the music. In the case of the Pachelbel (written in 1701), the first version on the list is in the period style – in toher words imagining how it sounded in 1701. Pick one set (a set is all the versions of the same piece, for example there are two versions of Mrs. Robinson), listen to all of the versions and answer the following questions. If you don’t use Spotify, here is a list of the titles and artists; you should have no problem finding one of the sets on Youtube or any other streaming service.
- What is the overall effect, emotion or feel for the original?
- How does (do) the Cover(s) change the effect, emotion or feel of the original? Speak to your personal response, don’t worry about music vocabulary.
- In your perception, is one more “authentic” than the other? Why or why not.
- Do all of the versions similar in terms of arousal, valence and depth?