Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE MSP1269

 
TITLE History of Music: Classical Antiquity to Baroque

 
LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 6

 
DEPARTMENT Music Studies

 
DESCRIPTION A study of the major style periods of Western music from Classical antiquity to the mid-eighteenth century. The study-unit examines the styles and techniques of vocal and instrumental music, the works of the major composers, the history of notation, and the development of musical form.

Study-unit Aims:

The student will demonstrate a critical understanding of the stylistic and social development of Western music from Classical antiquity up to c. 1750.

Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a) broadly contextualise the emergence and development of sacred, secular, instrumental and vocal music from antiquity to the mid eighteenth century;
b) demonstrate a critical understanding of the stylistic and social development of Western music history;
c) relate key dates and events to the development of Western music history by discussing key concepts regarding the intellectual and artistic cultures of the times;
d) become familiar with the major composers and works of Western music history.

Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a) analyse the development of musical style and form of the various historical periods;
b) identify the works of the principal composers with examples from the literature;
c) recognize performance issues and investigate historical performance practices.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts

- Taruskin, Richard. 2009. The Oxford History of Western Music, Vol. 1, Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century (New York: OUP).
- 2009. The Oxford History of Western Music, Vol. 2, Music in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (New York: OUP).

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 30%
Online Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 70%

 
LECTURER/S Jeremy Coleman

 
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