MUSICOL 345 - History of Music
Winter 2022, Section 001 - Music in Medieval Culture
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Music History and Musicology (MUSICOL)
Department: Music School
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May not be repeated for credit.
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This lecture / discussion course for non-music majors examines how music was understood, conceived, performed, and heard in the Europe from the late Roman Empire through the 14 th century. Topics covered early in the term include the place of musical harmony in cosmology; ancient Western beliefs about human nature and music; the adaptation of ancient ideas about music in the Middle Ages. As manuscript sources with notation become increasingly plentiful in the 11 th century, students will engage with the actual music and its written sources, considering how it was composed and performed, and what it communicated. The focus will then shift among five sites of musical performance: the monastery (plainchant), the castle (Troubadour and Trouvère songs), the cathedral (devotional part-music), the urban square (dance songs and motets), and the palace (part-music on themes of Courtly Love, fin’ amors).  All readings are in English, including translations of source readings.

Course Requirements:

Students enrolling in the course should expect regular reading and online music-listening assignments, periodic quizzes, midterm and final examinations, and one paper of limited scope. The ability to read modern musical notation is not required.


MUSICOL 345 - History of Music
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