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MUSC 241 (W; TH) Music History I (1)

This course is the first part of a three semester study intended to introduce the major styles and musical compositions of Western European culture. It covers the period from approximately 400 A.D. to 1620 and explores: Gregorian Chant through the beginnings of polyphony, English and Burgundian music at the close of the middle ages and Renaissance Music. Special attention will be paid to how music is created and experienced within a culture; how early music practice within the Catholic Church reflected various Mediterranean traditions; the aesthetic and religious dialogue surrounding the issue of text-setting, how concepts like dissonance are historically embedded, how socio-cultural factors influence music and conversely how music has influenced culture and society. Illustrations by means of lectures, score analysis, class performances and discussion.

Mode of Inquiry: Thinking Historically

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: MUSC 231 and MUSC 232

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Coen