More than 250 years after his death, J.S. Bach remains one of the most revered musicians in the Western tradition. What influences formed Bach's style? What makes his music embedded in its time and place, yet distinctive and instantly recognisable? This unit investigates the music of this iconic composer in its historical context, considering his training, cultural and religious environment, stylistic influences and ongoing legacy, and allows students to explore their own research interests relating to Bach's music.
1 x 2hr seminar per week
Critical Reading Assignments (20%); Class Presentation (20%); Essay (50%); Seminar Preparation and Class Presentation (10%)
If students do not meet pre-requisites, they may seek permission from the Unit Co-Ordinator
Students enrolling in this unit will be expected to have background knowledge of J.S. Bach and Baroque music equivalent to that gained from MCGY2611 Music from the Middle Ages to Baroque