Music in the Baroque Era


Selected topics. One course / 3 units.

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MUSIC 553 - Spring 2013 - Taught by Kerry McCarthy

Music in the Baroque Era: Prima pratica and seconda pratica. This seminar will explore the gradual and complex transition between the musical worlds we now call the Renaissance and the Baroque. The main thread of the class will be the eight books of madrigals published by Claudio Monteverdi between 1587 and 1638, but we will also consult a wide variety of other music (and a judicious selection of secondary sources). We will study counterpoint and dissonance treatment, text-music relationships, the testimony of contemporary theorists, and the broader cultural issues underlying the changing musical styles of the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Final research projects will be in areas of interest chosen by each student.

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