I’ve posted your current homework assignment, quite logically, in the Assignments tab. It is due in class on Wednesday 6 November 2013. If you didn’t get your exam back today, you can stop by my office tomorrow after 7pm and get it. I will also bring them to class on Monday. If you have a problem with the grading, come see me during office hours on Tuesday.
People give mad props to Nessun dorma, but my favorite part of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot is probably the Act II Finale. The melody that comes in at about 0:21 in that video is one of my favorites of all time. Actually, the Act III finale might be better. I don’t know.
There were a few female-fronted bands that came out with tight EPs last year and whose full-lengths I was looking forward to this year — AlunaGeorge, Chvrches (well, they had a single (The Mother We Share) out last year; the Recover EP didn’t come out until March), Lorde, and Lucius. Well, they’ve all put out LPs over the past few months, and, to my delight, they’re all good! Obviously Lorde has blown up, so I’m not telling you anything you don’t know about her, and Chvrches have also garnered a bit of acclaim so maybe you’ve heard them. But the other two are less well-known I think, so check them out if you don’t know them. (I recently bought tickets to a Lucius concert, is what made me think of writing this.)
Watch out for hippos, though: