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Music 501: Medieval and Renaissance Music

Warren Steel
232 Music Building


Topics for discussion:

  1. Ethnomusicology and antiquity
  2. Chant and liturgy
  3. Secular monophony
  4. Early polyphony
  5. Ars antiqua polyphony
  6. Ars nova polyphony
  7. Late 14th-century avant-garde
  8. Dunstable and the Burgundians
  9. Josquin and his contemporaries
  10. Madrigal and chanson
  11. Reformation and counter-reformation
  12. Instrumental music
  13. Late renaissance trends

Course requirements:

  1. Attendance and participation in class discussion.
  2. Reading and listening as assigned.
  3. Class work as assigned.
  4. Article review, due by midterm.
  5. Transcription project.
  6. Research project, due at end of term.
  7. Midterm examination. Bring a blue book.
  8. Final examination. Bring a blue book.

Review materials

  1. Listening Guide I
  2. Listening Guide II
  3. medieval terms for review
  4. Renaissance terms for review
  5. Review outline I of Atlas
  6. Review outline II of Atlas
  7. T. Morley defines musical genres
  8. Sarum mass, a full liturgical performance of a late medieval English mass (priest's blog with videos). In addition to the Sarum Chant, you hear Thomas Tallis' mass Puer natus, the processional motet Videte miraculum, and John Sheppard, Gaude Maria.
  9. Performances of selections from the Atlas Renaissance anthology (YouTube Playlist)
  10. Other performances of medieval and renaissance music (YouTube Playlist)

Other resources

  1. Chant books including Liber usualis from Musica Sacra
  2. Vocal performance practice (Blue Heron)
  3. White Mensural Notation
  4. Renaissance music essays (Metropolitain Museum of Art)

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