Aim: To introduce students to the study and performance of music of the Baroque period.
Content: This project will provide students with an introduction to the study and performance of baroque music through analysis of vocal and instrumental pieces, primary and secondary sources, and performance. It will cover topics such as rhetoric, dance forms, and language: areas that played a central role in the composition, performance, and reception of music of this period. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of research, including using library and electronic resources to find and critically assess both period treatises and modern publications. The practical performance applications of this research will also be explored.
The module will be taught through lectures, discussions, performance, and student seminars.
A seminar lasting approximately 20 minutes (10%) and an essay of 2,000-2,500 words (90%) on a topic to be agreed with the module tutor.
By the end of the taught part of the module all students should:
On completion of their independent work for this module, students should: