At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Compare and contrast the stylistic elements of different periods in music history.
2. Relate how musical styles owe their characteristics to the inventive genius of the composers,
performers, and theorists of a given period.
3. Explain how music-making is linked to the great endeavors of human thought and activity.
4. Recognize musical performance practices from Antiquity through the Baroque era as
interpreted and performed in their historical contexts.
5. Identify important music terminologies and relate them to each area studied.
6. Analyze and discuss the music of each historical period using proper music terminology.
7. Explain how the dynamic interactions of Western and non-Western
musical traditions have transformed the development of Western music.
For each historical era, discussion will focus on the social and economic conditions of that era, political and religious movements, interactions of Western and non-Western cultures and musical traditions, and how all of these factors shaped the works of the prominent composers of that era.
I. Antiquity and the Middle Ages (c. 500 BCE-1350 CE)
A. Ancient Greece and Early Christian Music
B. Music in the Monastery and Convent
C. Later Medieval Chant: Hildegard von Bingen, et al.
D. Troubadours and Trouvères
E. Early Polyphony: Organum
F. Music in France: Ars Antiqua and Ars Nova
II. Late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance (1350-1450)
A. Music in Florence: Landini, Dufay, et al.
B. Music in England: Dunstable, et al.
C. Music in France: Ockeghem, Obrecht, et al.
III. Late Renaissance (1450-1600)
A. Music in Florence: Josquin de Prez, et al.
B. Music in Paris: Claudin de Sermisy, et al.
C. Instruments and Instrumental Music
D. Music in Germany: Luther, Orlando de Lassus, et al.
E. Music in Italy: Gesualdo, Monteverdi, et al.
IV. The Baroque Era (1600-1750)
A. Early Baroque Music
B. Vocal Music in Italy
C. Religious Music in Rome
D. Instrumental Music in Italy: Torelli, Vivaldi, et al.
E. Vocal and Instrumental Music in France: Lully, Couperin, et al.
F. Music in England: Purcell, Handel, et al.
G. Music in Germany: J. S. Bach, et al.
Concise History of Western Music. 5th ed. Hanning, Barbara Russano. W.W. Norton. 2014 (classic)
Instructor prepared materials.