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Music from the Middle Ages to Baroque - MCGY2611

Year - 2018

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.

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, 7th ed. (2014) J. P. Burkholder, D. J. Grout, and C. V. Palisca. A History of Western Music, 9th ed. (2014)

Additional information
This is a Foundation unit in Analysis, history and culture studies.

Assumed knowledge
Ability to read musical notation

Details

Faculty: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Semester 2

30 Jul 2018

Department/School: Musicology
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Aug 2018
Unit of study level: Senior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
Location
Sydney
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Dr Alan Maddox
HECS Band: 1
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