Music from the Middle Ages to Baroque (MCGY2611)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit explores major topics in the history of Western art music from the 9th century through to c. 1750 in a broad historical context. Beginning with Gregorian chant and the invention of music educationnotation, we investigate a wide range of genres, and styles, developments in musical instruments, and innovations 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. Among mMusical works for analysis and discussion are include examples by Hildegard of Bingen, Machaut, Dufay, Josquin, Palestrina, Monteverdi, Frescobaldi, Lully, Purcell, Vivaldi, Handel and J.S. Bach.

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Classes

One 2hr lecture/1hr tutorial/week

Assessment

Tutorial assignments (20%), essay (40%), exam (40%)

Textbooks

J. P. Burkholder and C. V. Palisca. Norton Anthology of Western Music, vol. 1, 6th ed. (2010) J. P. Burkholder, D. J. Grout, and C. V. Palisca. A History of Western Music, 8th ed. (2010)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Prerequisite: Assumed knowledge: Ability to read musical notation

Prerequisite: Assumed knowledge: Ability to read musical notation

Prohibitions

MCGY1013, MCGY1014

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