MUSICOL 477 - Medieval Music
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Music History and Musicology (MUSICOL)
Department: Music School
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May not be repeated for credit.
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This class will survey European sacred and secular repertories of monophony and polyphony. It will begin by tracing the origins of Gregorian Chant in Rome and the Frankish Kingdom and conclude by examining the musical climate of late fourteenth-century Avignon in the early period of the Schism. It will also explore relevant cultural issues, such as the impact of cultural dynamics on music and music theory, and the rise of the individual and its impact on polyphonic composition, motets in particular. Students who complete the course successfully will have gained:

  1. experience with representative examples of medieval music;
  2. an introduction to medieval music notation;
  3. some understanding of medieval compositional procedures, particularly those used in Gregorian chant and thirteenth- and fourteenth-century polyphony; and
  4. an introduction to the forms of medieval Christian worship.

The instructor assumes that enrolling students will have completed core music literature courses (MUSICOL 139-240 or their equivalent at another institution), and will be able to sight-sing from standard modern music notations. Prior knowledge of Latin or French, medieval literature, history, or religion is welcome but not expected. Grading will be based on midterm and final essay examinations, two writing assignments, class attendance and preparation. “Preparation” is demonstrated by students’ readiness and ability to contribute constructively to discussions and in-class rehearsals and performances by the schola cantorum.

MUSICOL 477 - Medieval Music
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001 (LEC)
MWF 10:30AM - 11:30AM
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