MUSICOL 606 - Special Course
Section: 001 Early Modern Voices
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Music History and Musicology (MUSICOL)
Department: Music School
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This seminar about “Voice” in the early modern period looks into voice, voices, and singing as described by writers, depicted by artists, feared by moralists, controlled, suppressed, or censored by authorities, exploited and appreciated at courts, chapels, and in theaters, and presented by composers and performers. How and where were voices heard, and how did singing transform the perception or interpretation of what could also be recited, read out loud, or parsed silently? Seminar participants will learn about how singers sang and why certain voices and vocal types were especially valued. We will read about private versus public voices, gendered voices and prohibited ones, always alert that contrasting cultural understandings, restrictions, and valuations were attached to low and high voices, both male and female, in different cultural and linguistic traditions across the geography of Europe and the Americas. A busy marketplace for professional singers developed in the early modern era. We will study the voices and repertory of individual singers, follow their employment in choirs or as soloists, and trace how singers collaborated and shaped the creative work of composers. Materials for scrutiny include both primary sources (unpublished music in manuscript, unpublished archival documents, poetic texts, and printed libretti) and secondary sources (published scores and dramatic texts, as well as readings from a class bibliography that includes pertinent essays from fields beyond music).

Course Requirements:

Class discussion is essential within the format of the seminar. The work of the course consists of listening to music, studying images and scores, and reading. Grades will be based on written work, seminar presentations, and class discussions.

Intended Audience:

This seminar is open to all—scholars, early music enthusiasts, performers, singers, accompanists, composers, and music theorists. Graduate students from outside the SMTD with an interest in early modern culture are warmly encouraged to enroll as well.

MUSICOL 606 - Special Course
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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