Voices and Instruments Depicted from the Middle Ages to Today

This course will explore the way that singers and instruments have been depicted in Western art from the Middle Ages to today. These depictions, which are of both historical and artistic importance, reveal much about the way that the music was performed, heard and appreciated. They include manuscript miniatures, paintings, statues and other sculptures of solo performers and ensembles. There will be a listening list for each week of the course.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Online

COURSE OUTLINE

  • The Middle Ages: Instruments and vocal ensembles of the period; instrumental and vocal soloists and their repertoire – Gregorian Chant and the education of singers, composers and theorists
  • The Renaissance: The development of new instruments and vocal and instrumental techniques – the development of larger choirs, the printing and dissemination of music and music theory, increased musical literacy
  • The Baroque: Changes in instrument construction and the development of instrumental and vocal virtuosity – the emergence of performers with star status, especially Italian singers and instrumentalists. The establishing of orchestras, choirs, opera and ballet companies and their patrons – changes in the composition of choirs
  • The Classical Era: Changes in instrument construction and sound quality: the fortepiano, the string, wind and brass instruments; the predominance of comic opera – instrumental music for the first time of equal importance as vocal music
  • The 19th century: The rise of the large, modern symphony orchestra; major changes in the design of instruments and their volume; the development of modern concert halls and their audiences – the predominance of great, travelling virtuosi. Grand opera and its stars
  • From the early 20th century to today: Greater diversity in musical performance than ever before – the revival of old instruments and historically-informed styles of instrumental and vocal performance. The incredible rise in the standards of musical performance.

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, student should be able to:

  1. Appreciate the extraordinary developments affecting instrumental and vocal music from the Middle Ages to today
  2. Assess the way in which the various artists and sculptors have been able to convey a sense of musical performance in their work
  3. Distinguish the individual stylistic characteristics of instrumental and vocal music in each period surveyed in the course
  4. Evaluate the importance of visual records in reflecting the musical performances of their day.
$192 Limited / $173

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23 Jul

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