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EMUS2500: Historically Informed Style Workshop

This unit of study presents students with an opportunity to learn the theory and to experience the nuts and bolts of historically informed performance (HIP). Today's performers need to be able to navigate their way through a wide variety of styles, genres and modes of performance. HIP is a growth area globally, which influences the style of performance of period and modern instrument ensembles and vocalists. Here in Australia, for example, the ACO requires its members to have a keen awareness of HIP conventions in repertoire ranging from 1600-1900. Students will explore readings from primary and secondary written sources, recordings (including historical recordings) and will learn how to apply their findings to repertoire spanning the high-Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods. Mini-lectures are combined with demonstrations of HIP style, peer-led discussions and practical workshops.

Code EMUS2500
Academic unit Historical Performance
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an awareness of historical performance styles in the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods
  • LO2. listen critically to both modern and historical recordings and discern multiple elements of musical expression
  • LO3. critically evaluate readings from primary and secondary written sources
  • LO4. adopt elements of historical style within your own performances
  • LO5. broaden your approach to musical interpretation.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.