RCHUMS 251 - Topics in Music
Section: 001 The Sponsorship and Performance of Music in Early Modern France, 1646-1764
Term: FA 2008
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
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May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course explores the music of the French aristocracy from the arrival of Jean-Baptiste Lully in 1646 until the death of Jean-Philippe Rameau in 1764. Lectures and course readings will cover a diverse set of genres, including music for the stage, chapel, and chamber. At the core of the course will be an examination of works by Lully, Couperin, Charpentier, Delalande, Campra, Jacquet de la Guerre, and Rameau. Discussions will be designed to investigate the intersection of social, cultural, and political function in this music, as well as the systems of patronage that favored some styles of music over others at different times. A special focus will be applied to the influence of and resistance to Italian music in France, as well the influence of French music abroad; students will be asked to consider how the patronage of a perceived national style (either foreign or domestic) affected musical practice during the period. Designed to place music within the context of social, political, and cultural history, this course aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to understand, interpret, and describe music from one of the most strangely neglected chapters in the history of the baroque period.

RCHUMS 251 - Topics in Music
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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