A Short History of Western Music Illustrated

This online Zoom course will present an overview of the history of western music, from Ancient Greece/Rome to today, lavishly illustrated with digital images showing the development of music notation, of different instrumental families, of performing groups and the importance of vocal music, significant performance and practice venues, and the changing genres favoured in each era. There will be an opportunity for questions at the end of each lecture, and Youtube links to several musical excerpts for each lecture will be provided beforehand.


DELIVERY MODE

  • This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom.
  • This course requires students to have an email, a reliable internet connection, a microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Music in Ancient Greece and Rome: Musical instruments and music theory; the Medieval period – the development of neumatic notation and the stave; instruments and vocal ensembles of the Middle Ages; performance conventions; the major patrons of the era
  • The Renaissance in Italy and Northern Europe: The development of new instruments and changing vocal ensembles; changes in performance conventions; the printing of music and theoretical works and their dissemination; new patrons and audiences and the influence of Humanism
  • The Baroque Era: The development of opera and the new baroque style; the concertato principle and the rise of the concerto and instrumental music; changes in instrument production and sound quality; performance conventions; the rise of new sources of patronage
  • The Classical Era: The rise of the symphony and concerto to a position of pre-eminence; changes in the genre of opera – composition, performance, reception; the emergence of Vienna as the major musical centre; performance conventions; the role of patrons and patronage; music as a commercial venture
  • The Romantic style: The importance of emotion and drama; the major instrumental and vocal forms; opera in Italy, Germany, Russia and France; the rise of nationalist sentiment in musical composition; performance conventions; the importance of music criticism; new sources of patronage – the bourgeois public and the importance of the box office
  • The Modern Era: From 1900 to today; the major changes in musical style and performance; trends and fashions in musical style; the influence of changing social attitudes and patterns of life on composition and performance; the development importance of technology in music


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Appreciate the incredible changes that have occurred in music history in a period of over 2,000 years.
  2. Assess those aspects of composition and performance which have remained relatively constant despite the great changes.
  3. Compare and contrast the major stylistic elements of each ear in music history.
  4. Evaluate the importance of live performance and the interaction between composers, performers, and audience.
$192 Limited / $173

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15 May
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