MUSICOL 606 - Special Course
Section: 002 Hispanic & Latin American Colonial Music
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Music History and Musicology (MUSICOL)
Department: Music School
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

To begin with, what music survives from early modern Spain and colonial America, and how was it performed? Who performed and who listened? When and where was music performed? What significance did music hold in early Hispanic cultures? How did music travel? What, characterized musical contributions to, and/or reactions against, the colonial project in the Americas? This course concerns the place of music in Hispanic culture of the early modern period, its musical sources, the interaction of music and poetic texts, and the conventions of musical performance in early Spanish and colonial American contexts. Musicians in the Hispanic world were famous for their talent as improvisers: harpists and guitarists, for example, did not rely on notation, while singers improvised coplas, just as they do today. Improvisatory practices are still alive in traditional dances, rhythms, and patterns. We will bring critical scrutiny and musical insight to the study of musical genres, writings about music and theater, plays and skits, musical and poetic sources, and visual resources, while learning from modern editions and contemporary scholarship.

Course Requirements:

The work of the course consists of reading, listening, and score study, as well as individual and team research projects with facsimile editions and digital images of primary sources. Grades will be based on class participation and the quality of work on written assignments. Class attendance is required. Class performances will be incorporated as often as possible.

Intended Audience:

Open to all musicians and scholars, whether they are based in the SMTD, in LSA, or in other units. [Students in RLL or engaged in the activities of LACS and MEMS are especially encouraged to elect this seminar as a Rackham cognate]

MUSICOL 606 - Special Course
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001 (SEM)
M 8:30AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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