Course Meeting Times
Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session
21M.301 Harmony and Counterpoint I or permission of instructor.
In 21M.235 we will study the music in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in terms of context, style, and form. This class is open to students with a desire to study the music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in more depth and who are familiar with note reading and have at least some score reading ability.
21M.235 is a CI-M (Communication Intensive in the Major) subject. Class meetings will be a mix of in-class projects, student presentations (either individual or team), class discussions, and lectures based on the assigned listening and reading. Occasionally, there will be live performances and presentations that go beyond these core assignments.
Attendance at all class meetings is required.
The listening, reading, and outline of the written assignments are detailed below. The class work, reading, essays, and final presentations will all center on the compositions or composers studied in the listening assignments.
Listening And Reading
Listening, specifically analytical listening in conjunction with scores, is vital to this course. Initially, you should listen to each assignment before and after the class meeting, in order to familiarize yourself with each piece.
Recordings and some scores for each listening assignment are listed in the Listening and Scores section. Please note each class assignment is supplemented with other works by the same composer or longer excerpts than the one assigned for that day. These are optional and placed under the general heading “Not Assigned but Helpful.”
The text for this class is:
Richard, Taruskin. Music in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. Oxford University Press, 2011. ISBN: 9780199842155 [Preview with Google Books ]
Assigned readings will be taken from this text. This is one of the most comprehensive books available and written in a challenging but accessible prose. There are also substantial score excerpts in the text which aid in understanding the author’s analysis of the piece.
Please bring your book to class meetings!
When preparing each assignment, I find starting with the music a more rewarding experience. Therefore, I suggest you start by listening to one of the assigned compositions, then read about the piece, composer, etc. in the text. (Then listen again and again and …!)
You will write three types of papers for this class: an analytic / performance essay, concert reflections / comparisons, and listening outlines.
- The analytical essay (1500 words) is an analysis of a single work or substantial movement from a larger work. (10%)
This essay will then be revised and expanded to a total of 3000 words by comparing performances of the same composition. (15%)
- Concert reflection / comparison (500–750 words each). (10% each)
- 2 listening outlines (300–400 words) and presentations. (presentation is part of the participation grade)
There will be three exams. Each exam will cover the assigned listening and reading as well as material discussed in class. Questions will feature excerpts from the assigned listening for identification, description, and comparison. Additional questions will deal with concepts (describing musical forms, historical significance, etc.) and terms. (15% each)
Exam 1=Wks. I-IV; Exam 2=Wks. V-IX; Exam 3=Wks. X-IV.
Students are required to attend each class meeting and participate actively. In addition, all students will be asked to lead the discussions on specific pieces from the assigned listening.
Students may bring laptops and other electronic devices to class to access online scores and recordings or other activities directly related to this class. Please be sure to silence and refrain from using all devices when music is being played.
|3 Exams||15% each|
|2 Concert reports||10% each|
|Revised and expanded paper||15%|
|Presentations and participation||10%|
Course Overview By Week Including Exams And Written Assignments
|WEEK #||TOPICS||KEY DATES|
|I||Introduction and Monteverdi|
|II||Organ Music, Oratorio and Cantata|
|III||Music for Court and Chamber|
|IV||Class and Classicism|
|V||Exam 1 Week||Exam 1|
|VI||Concerto and Tonality|
|VII||1685 Part 1|
|VIII||1685 Part 2||Concert report 1 due|
|IX||The Comic Style||Analytical essay due|
|X||Exam 2 Week||Exam 2|
|XI||Enlightenment and Reform|
|XII||Haydn: Instrumental Music|
|XIII||Mozart: Instrumental Music||Analytical essay revision / expansion due|
|XIV||Exam 3 Week and In-Class Presentations||Exam 3|
|XV||In-Class Presentations (cont.)||Concert report 2 due|