Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Eighteenth-Century Maltese Music

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Music Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit outlines the history of eighteenth-century Maltese sacred and secular music. It explores the artistic merits of the principal Maltese composers by analysing their biographies and key compositions within cultural, historical and geographical contexts. The stylistic developments and compositional techniques of vocal and instrumental music are examined through the study of edited works, autograph manuscripts, video and audio resources.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to introduce students to eighteenth-century Maltese sacred and secular music by analysing the principal composers and key moments within cultural, historical and geographical contexts.

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 and secular music in Malta during the eighteenth century;
b) relate key dates and events to the development of Maltese music history by discussing key concepts regarding the intellectual and artistic culture of the period;
c) become familiar with the principal musical works of Maltese composers of the period;
d) demonstrate a critical understanding of the stylistic development of Maltese music during the eighteenth century.

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

a) evaluate the main concepts and styles of Maltese sacred and secular music of the eighteenth century;
b) identify and classify the principal Maltese composers of the period according to his/her musical style;
c) evaluate the main compositional concepts and processes of his/her works by analysing the form and style informing his/her music.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts

- Aquilina, Frederick. 2016. Benigno Zerafa (1726-1804) and the Neapolitan Galant Style (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press).
- Azzopardi, J. 1988. ‘La Cappella Musicale della Cattedrale di Malta e i suoi rapporti con la Sicilia’, in Daniele Ficola (ed.), La musica sacra in Sicilia tra rinascimento e barocco: Atti del convegno di Caltagirone 10-12 dicembre 1985 (Palermo: S. F. Flaccovio), pp. 47-67.
- Bruni, F. 2001. Musica e musicisti alla cattedrale di Malta nei secoli XVI-XVIII (Msida: Malta University Press).

Supplementary Readings

- Azzopardi, J. and Sansone, M. 2001. Italian and Maltese Music in the Archives at the Cathedral Museum of Malta (San Gwann: P.E.G.)
- Bruni, F. 1993. Musica sacra a Malta: Le cappelle della cattedrale di S. Paolo e della concattedrale di S. Giovanni Battista nel XIX secolo (Marsa: P.E.G.)


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Frederick Aquilina

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