Baroque & Classical Music

Course Number: 204*/3.0 3L (Course Code Explanation)

Open To: B.Mus. and B.Mus./B.Ed. students, non-B.Mus. students

Area(s): Musicology/Ethnomusicology

Instructor(s): Dr. Clara Marvin

Term(s): A

Day(s) and Time(s): M: 12.30-1.30, W: 11.30-12.30, Th: 1.30-2.30

Room: HLH 124

Calendar Description

Examination of musical styles and movements in the Western tradition between about 1580 and 1820 in their sociocultural contexts.

NOTE Non-Music students holding Royal Conservatory Grade III Harmony may enrol in this course with permission of the School.




Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s) / Exclusion(s)

  • PREREQUISITE MUSC 103/3.0.
  • COREQUISITE MUSC 191/6.0.
  • EXCLUSION No more than 3.0 units from MUSC 101/3.0; MUSC 204/3.0.
  • EXCLUSION No more than 3.0 units from MUSC 102/3.0; MUSC 204/3.0.

Additional Information

This course examines styles, movements, and the cultural history of the Western musical tradition between about 1580, when the ascendancy of the style shift into the baroque is evident, and the initial decade or two of the nineteenth century (the death of Beethoven in 1827 is usually treated as the end of the classical phase). Philosophical, historical, and sociopolitical issues associated with specific musical styles will be examined, and students will learn to establish a continuity between the technical and material analysis of music and its compositional contexts.

Course requirements include reading and listening from a standard text, and evaluation is based on a midterm test, two essays, and a final examination.