RCHUMS 251 - Topics in Music
Section: 001 The Troubadours and French Songs
Term: WN 2010
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 will consider the vital role that the troubadours and trouvères played in cultivating and inspiring French-language secular song and poetry from the late twelfth to the early sixteenth century. These poet-composers wrote songs on many of the same topics (love, desire, sex, war, and politics) that pop musicians sing about today. We will consider not only the songs of the troubadours and trouvères, but also how their musical and poetic forms, their use of language, and their concept of fin’ amour (idealized love) captured the imaginations of composers and poets for over three hundred years. Students will become familiar with the French songs of major composers of the time; this repertory will serve as a springboard to studying musical and literary patronage, performance practice, gender relations, sexual mores, and the interaction between sacred and profane in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. In order to better contextualize the music studied, we will read excerpts from major French and Latin literary works in translation, including Andreas Capellanus’s The Art of Courtly Love, Marie de France’s Lais, and Guillaume de Lorris’s Romance of the Rose. Students are not required to have any formal musical training and need not read French in order to take this course. Throughout the term they will develop necessary listening skills that will enable them to approach this repertory with confidence. Course requirements include participation in class discussions, written assignments, two tests, and a listening journal.

RCHUMS 251 - Topics in Music
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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ISBN: 9780199540679
The Romance of the Rose, Author: Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun ; translated with an introduction and notes by Frances Horgan., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2008
ISBN: 0521574730
The troubadours : an introduction, Author: edited by Simon Gaunt and Sarah Kay., Publisher: Cambridge Univ. Press Transferre 1999
ISBN: 9780715616901
Andreas Capellanus on love, Author: Andreas, Capellanus., Publisher: Duckworth 2002
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