This unit explores major topics in the history of Western art music from the 9th century to c. 1750 in a broad historical context. Beginning with Gregorian chant and the invention of music education notation, we investigate a wide range of genres and styles of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras, as well as innovations including the development of music printing, developments in musical instruments, and the emergence of opera, sonata and concerto. Musical works for analysis and discussion include examples by Hildegard of Bingen, Machaut, Dufay, Josquin, Palestrina, Monteverdi, Frescobaldi, Lully, Purcell, Vivaldi, Handel and J.S. Bach.
One 2hr lecture/1hr tutorial/week
Tutorial assignments (20%), essay (40%), exam (40%)
J. P. Burkholder and C. V. Palisca. Norton Anthology of Western Music, vol. 1, 7th ed. (2014) J. P. Burkholder, D. J. Grout, and C. V. Palisca. A History of Western Music, 9th ed. (2014)
This is a Foundation unit in Analysis, history and culture studies.
Ability to read musical notation