Allegory and Devotion in Medieval and Renaissance Music|
Fall 2020 not offered
This course investigates the mystical and visionary aspects of religious music alongside the secular development of the vernacular love lyric. We explore tensions between individual and communal practices, authorship and artistry, power and politics, and the multiple social functions of music-making. Students learn about the musical legacy from Ancient Greece, tracing its influence through the Middle Ages to the end of the Renaissance. We cover the music of worship, romance, public ceremony, and private entertainment, observing the shifting balance between innovation and tradition. We study the relationship of notational systems to memory, become familiar with cultures that are remote from ours, and gain a historical respect for difference. By engaging with the deep past, you acquire skills not only to appreciate the musical creativity of a millennium ago, but also to better understand social and cultural distances in the modern world.
The course material will be presented through lectures and discussion, listening assignments, singing, and readings. Weekly lab sessions go over technical terminology and address the challenges that arise. The lab also facilitates reviews for quizzes and provides coaching in essay writing, research skills, and the development of analytical listening.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (MDST-MN)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)(MUSC)
Jeremy Yudkin, Music in Medieval Europe (Prentice Hall, 1989/revised 2017)
Allan Atlas, Renaissance Music: Music in Western Europe, 1400-1600 (Norton, 1998)
Allan Atlas, Anthology of Renaissance Music (Norton, 1998)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
quizzes (20%), midterm exam (20%), term paper (30%), final exam (20%), class participation (10%)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
The course involves regular sight-singing and/or playing; students are expected to be familiar with standard musical notation (as covered in MUSC 103 or equivalent). Please contact the instructor if uncertain of your eligibility.
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