Title: Baroque & Classical Performance Practice

Code: MUS300

The aim of this course is to help students identify and achieve an advanced understanding of and sensitivity to, both notated and un-notated conventions of performance practice in Western music repertoire during the Baroque and Classical periods. Moreover, it will guide students to return, in as much as this is feasible to the composers’ original conception of a musical work, and to re-enact how music sounded at the time of its initial presentation through an historical study of the interpretation of music based on a wide range of readings from historical treatises, critical writings and reviews, to present-day discussions on performance issues. Actual music will be used for performance studies and where possible, sound recordings will aid the perspective on the original instrument sound and the various interpretive styles. For, in order to appreciate and perform contemporary music, the student has to understand and value the past. Selected vocal and instrumental works from 1750 to the early years of the nineteenth century will be studied and performed in class. The course will proceed chronologically, beginning with Bach and Handel and ending with Beethoven’s middle period. Students will study material dealing with issues of style, content, ornamentation.
Restrictions : None
Prerequisites : MUP109 and MUS260
Co-requisites : None
Credits : 3
ECTS : 6
Hours : 3
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