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COURSE NUMBER: MUSI 302
COURSE TITLE: Music of Early Christianity, the Medieval Period and the Renaissance
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Charles Stolte
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 1 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: An overview of Western Classical music from early Christianity through the end of the Renaissance with weekly seminars on special topics.

Prerequisites: MUSI 216, 217, 306
REQUIRED TEXTS: Taruskin, Richard and Gibbs, Christopher. The Oxford History of Western Music. College Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Exam 1, written and listening30%
Exam 2, written and listening30%
Short Research Papers (2)20%
Cumulative Essay10%
Class/seminar participation/attendance10%
100%
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • Introduction and review
    • 2, 7 September
  • Chapter 1: The First Literate Repertory in Western Music: Gregorian Chant
    • [Psalmody; The Mass; pitch notation development; troping; organum]
    • 9, 14, 16, 23 September (21 September: Interdisciplinary Conference—No class)
  • Chapter 2: Secular and Cathedral Music in the High Middle Ages
    • [Troubadours and trouvères; rhythmic notation development; Notre Dame; motets]
    • 28, 30 September, 5, 7 October
  • Chapter 3: The Ars Nova: Musical Developments in the Fourteenth Century
    • [Isorhythm; Machaut; Trecento; Dufay]
    • 12, 14, 19, 21 October
  • Chapter 4: Island and Mainland: Toward a Pan-European Style 
    • [Dunstable, Dufay and fauxbourdon style; cyclic mass; music printing]
    • 28 October, 2, 4, 9 November (11 November: Fall Break—No class)
  • Chapter 5: A Perfected Art: Church Polyphony in the Late Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries 
    • [Josquin; Willaert; Palestrina] 
    • 16, 18, 23 November
  • Chapter 6: After Perfection: Pressures for Change 
    • [Reformation/Counter-Reformation; Lutheran chorale; Gabrieli and polychoral style; madrigal] 
    • 25, 30 November, 2, 7 December


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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