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MCGY3638: Harmony as Counterpoint

2024 unit information

Composition and basso continuo manuals from the 17th and 18th centuries often describe music as the movement of parts, rather than progressions of chords. This approach focuses on voice leading primarily and harmony as its consequence, contrary to the theory of Rameau. Students will study different styles through the examination of relevant contemporary sources and put that knowledge into practice by emulating those styles in composition and performance. Offering a deep understanding of how Baroque and Classical composers conceived their music, this unit is intended to challenge the way that students listen to and play works within and outside of the canon.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Analysis, History and Cultural Studies

Code MCGY3638
Academic unit Analysis, History and Cultural Studies
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. compose in a variety of styles using historically appropriate methods
  • LO2. gain a deeper appreciation of well and lesser-known earlier music by understanding it on its own terms
  • LO3. re-evaluate their understanding, perception and reception of works that are performed commonly
  • LO4. gain a basic understanding of 17th and 18th century composition, a necessary skill for all orchestral musicians interested in historical notation
  • LO5. experience through study and performance how historical inquiry, analysis, performance and critical thinking are all necessary parts that are required for good musicianship
  • LO6. develop research skills in a relatively new field of musicological research
  • LO7. understand how analysis skills may be used in order to aid performance.

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Semester 1 2024
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Semester 1 2022
Normal day Sydney

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