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COURSE NUMBER: MUSI 303
COURSE TITLE: History of Baroque Music
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 in its Baroque period 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 listening25%
Exam #2, written and listening25%
Chapter Listening mini-exams (4)20%
Short Papers (3)30%
100%
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • Introduction and review    
  • 5 January   
  • Chapter 7: Humanism and the Birth of Opera
    • [Camerata and Intermedii; monody and figured bass, Caccini; stile recitativo; Orfeo and Euridice, Peri and Monteverdi; prima and seconda prattica; stile recitativo, concitato. rappresentativo; the genius idea; castrati; L’incoronazione di Poppea]
    • 10—24 January [18 January: Interdisciplinary Conference—No class] 
  • Chapter 8: Musical Travels: Trends in Italy, Germany, France and England
    • [Organists, Frescobaldi and Sweelink; partita, toccata, passacaglia and chaconne; Samuel Scheidt;  Heinrich Schütz; oratorio and cantatas, Carissimi and Strozzi; Lully and French opera; Rameau; Purcell]
    • 26 January—7 February [20—24 February: Reading Week—No class]
  • Chapter 9: The Height of Italian Dominance: Opera Seria and Italian Concerto Style
    • [Da capo aria; Alessandro Scarlatti; Opera reforms; Metatstasio; Corelli and tonality;  Vivaldi and the concerto; The Four Seasons]
    • 9—28 February
  • Chapter 10: Class of 1685 (I): The Instrumental Music of Handel and Bach 
    • [Handel and Bach careers; the chorale prelude; the fugue; The Well-tempered Keyboard; the suite; ornamentation; The Brandenburg Concertos; The Water Music; Music for the Royal Fireworks]
    • 2—21 March
  • Chapter 11: Class of 1685 (II): The Vocal Music of Handel and Bach; Domenico Scarlatti
    • [Handel’s operas and oratorios, Giulio Cesare and Messiah; J.S. Bach’s Cantatas and Passions, Christ lag in Todesbanden, St. John and St. Matthew Passions]
    • 23 March—11 April
  • 13 April: Review


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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