Music 301: History of Western Music I
Objectives: Familiarity with and understanding of selected
works of Western music from the middle ages to the early 18th century;
identification and study of distinctive features of the music of
this period; the ability to pursue basic research on the music of
this period and to present this research in written form.
- J. Peter Burkholder, Donald Jay Grout and Claude V. Palisca, A History of Western
Music, 8th edition (New York: Norton, 2010), required purchase.
- J. Peter Burkholder and Claude V. Palisca, ed., Norton Anthology
of Western Music, 6th ed., vol. 1 (New York: Norton, 2010), required
- Norton Recorded Anthology of Western Music, 6th ed., vol. 1
(New York: Norton, 2010). These six CDs contain all the examples in the
Norton Anthology of Western Music, vol. 1. This is an optional
purchase, since all required listening examples will be available on
- J. Peter Burkholder and Jennifer L. King, Study and Listening Guide
for A History of Western Music and Norton Anthology of Western Music
(New York: Norton, 2009), optional purchase.
Topics for Discussion:
- Music in the Middle Ages, chapters 1-6
- Chant and liturgy, ch. 2-3 (NAWM 3-7)
- Secular monophony, ch. 4 (8-13)
- Early polyphony to 1300, ch. 5 (14-22)
- French and Italian music of the 14th century, ch.6 (23-30)
- Music of the Renaissance, chapters 7-12
- English music and the Burgundian school, ch. 7-8
- The age of the Netherlanders to Josquin, ch. 9 (37-41).
- Church music in the late renaissance, ch. 10 (42-47)
- 16th Century styles: chanson, madrigal, instrumental music, ch
- Music of the Baroque, chapters 13-19
- The early baroque, ch. 13-15 (63-76)
- The French baroque, ch. 16 (77-81)
- The mature Italian baroque, ch. 17 (82-84)
- Late baroque music, ch. 18-19 (85-92)
- Prompt attendance and participation in class discussion. Three
or more unexcused absences will result in grade reduction.
(Bring Burkholder and Norton Anthology to every class.)
- Reading and listening as assigned.
- Class work as assigned.
- Brief project, due October 17.
- Class project, including 5-page essay, end of term.
- Two one-hour exams. Use one blue book for both exams.
- Final examination. Bring a blue book.
- Grading will employ the plus-and-minus system. Music majors must
achieve the grade of C (2.0) or higher to avoid repeating the course;
C-minus is not good enough.
- Medieval music, chapters 1-6
- Renaissance music, chapters 7-12
- Baroque music, chapters 13-19
- T. Arbeau gives reason to dance
- T. Morley defines musical genres
- Summary of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo
- Summary of Monteverdi's Vespers
- Videos of pieces in
the Norton Anthology of Western Music, vol. 1. (YouTube)
- Other early
music playlists from Dr. Steel (YouTube)
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