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An overview of music, culture and society in Western Europe from the 17th to the late 18th centuries. Through an examination of works by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Handel, J. S. Bach, W. A. Mozart, and J. Haydn, among others, students will explore the development of musical styles during this period in their cultural, social and political contexts.
In-class discussions, quizzes, and exercises will support students as they explore current scholarship on authenticity and performance practice, music and politics, gender and sexuality, and music and meaning.
Students will engage in an individual project on a work relevant to them, which they will explore from performative, historical and analytical perspectives. The three tutorial assignments will support them through the research process culminating in their essay.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should be able to:
- interpret 17th and 18th century music in its cultural context;
- incorporate period-specific performance practices;
- discriminate both aurally and conceptually between the main music genres and styles from the 17th and 18th centuries;
- undertake basic scholarly work using music-specific bibliographic tools;
- discuss music coherently using an appropriate technical vocabulary;
- engage meaningfully with contemporary scholarship on the period examined;
- work constructively yet rigorously with peers.
- Understand music from the Baroque to the end of the Classical period in its cultural context.
- Incorporate period-specific performance practices.
- Discriminate both aurally and conceptually between the main music genres and styles from the Baroque to the end of the Classical period.
- Undertake basic scholarly work using music-specific bibliographic tools.
- Discuss music coherently using an appropriate technical vocabulary.
- Engage meaningfully with contemporary scholarship on the periods examined.
- Work constructively yet rigorously with peers.
Last updated: 7 September 2023