Music 610

MUSC 610

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MUSC610. Medieval Music
Three hours lecture (3).

Prerequisite: MUSC601.

Survey of monophonic and polyphonic traditions of both sacred and secular Medieval music. Offered every third year.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

I. Antiquity and pre-Christian Music 9%

        A. Greek
        B. Arabic
        C. Hebrew

II. Early Christian Rites and Liturgy 9%
III. Gregorian Chant 18%

        A. Relation to Liturgy
        B. Notation
        C. Styles
        D. Forms

IV. Monophonic Secular Music 12%

        A. Composers and Performance
        B. Sources
        C. Styles
        D. Forms

V. Early Sacred Polyphony 22%

        A. Organum
        B. Motet
        C. Mass

VI. Secular Polyphony in France 15%

        A. Ars vova
        B. Chansons

VII. Italian Trecento 15%

        A. Italian Notation
        B. Madrigal
        C. Ballata
        D. Caccia


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This class will involve lecture, manuscript, score and aural analysis and scholarly research. Each student will be required to submit a research paper dealing with a specific problem or area of interest.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Graduate students in music are expected to gain an in depth understanding of the art of music in the medieval period, and to relate that understanding to the larger context of music in western civilization from that era to the present.


Assessment Measures

Grades will be determined by assessment of the quality of scholarhip of student's research paper and by assessment of a comprehensive final examination.


Other Course Information


Approval and Subsequent Reviews

March 2001 Reviewed E. Fellin, Chairman