Music 502: Baroque Music
Objectives: Familiarity with and understanding of selected
works of Western music of the 17th and 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 oral and written form.
- John Walter Hill, Baroque Music: Music in Western Europe,
1580-1750 (New York: Norton, 2005), required purchase.
- John Walter Hill, Anthology of Baroque Music
(New York: Norton, 2005), required purchase. An online List
of available recordings includes links to MP3 audio files of
some of examples. A Web Supplement to this
anthology contains forty-five additional examples for download in full
score (PDF format) with texts and translations. There is also a
of available recordings ifor the Supplement, including links to
MP3 audio files.
- Claude V. Palisca, Baroque Music, third edition
(Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1991).
- J. Peter Burkholder, Donald Jay Grout, and Claude V. Palisca
A History of Western Music, 7th edition (New York:
- J. Peter Burkholder and Claude V. Palisca, ed., Norton Anthology
of Western Music, 5th ed., vol. 1 (New York: Norton, 2005), Every piece
in this collection can be heard on the accompanying 12-CD set, Norton
Recorded Anthology of Western Music.
- Sarah Fuller, The European Musical Heritage 800-1750, revised
edition (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004). There is a five-CD set of
recordings that accompanies this edition.
- Curtis Price, ed., The Early Baroque Era
(Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1993).
- George J. Buelow, ed., The Late Baroque Era
(Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1994).
- Julie Anne Sadie, ed., Companion to Baroque Music
(New York: Schirmer, 1991).
Topics for discussion:
- Introduction: monarchy, religion, and the rhetoric of the Arts
- The birth of opera, monody, and the concerted madrigal (1-13, W1)
- New genres of instrumental music in Italy (14-25, W2)
- Church music in Italy, 1600-1650 (26-31, W3-5))
- Music in France to 1650 (32-48, W6)
- Music in the Empire through the Thirty-Years War (49-59, W7-W8)
- Music in England to 1660 (60-65, W9-W11)
- New vocal genres in Italy, 1635-1680 (66-74, W12-W14))
- French music to the death of Lully (75-80, W15-W18)
- Music in Spain, Portugal, and their colonies (81-87, W19-W23)
- Music in the Empire during the later seventeenth century (88-100, W24-W26)
- England from the Restoration to 1715 (108-115, W28-W34)
- Sonata and concerto in late seventeenth-century Italy (101-107, W27)
- Italian vocal music, 1680-1730 (116-120, W35)
- French music, 1690-1725 (121-124, W36-W42)
- German traditions and innovations, 1690-1750 (125-130, W43-W45)
- Attendance and participation in class discussion.
- Reading and listening as assigned.
- Class work as assigned.
- Book or record review, due by midterm.
- Research project, due at end of term.
- Midterm examination. Bring a blue book.
- Final examination. Bring a blue book.
- Final grades will be simple letter grades, without plus or minus.
Review and study materials
- Listening review 1
- Listening review 2
- Listening review 3
Steel's Baroque Anthology video playlist (YouTube)
- Dr. Steel's YouTube playlists
- Summary of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo
- Summary of Monteverdi's Vespers
- Contents of Sances's Cantade
- Summary of Schütz's works
- Summary of Schütz's biblical histories
- Libretto of Purcell, Dido and Aeneas
- Contents of J.S. Bach, Clavier-Übung
- Thomas Coryat describes Venetian music
- Thomas Coryat describes Venetian orphans
- Thomas Mace discusses musical rhetoric
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