Special Topics in Music II - A History of Music Theory and Musical Theoretical Thought from the Age of Antiquity to Circa 1550

Course Number: 476*/3.0 3S (Course Code Explanation)

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

Area(s): Musicology/Ethnomusicology

Instructor(s): Dr. Olga Malyshko

Term(s): A

Day(s) and Time(s): M: 11.30-1.00, Th: 1.00-2.30

Room: HLH 213

Calendar Description

An intensive analysis of a particular topic within a specific area of music: ethnomusicology, musicology or theory/analysis. Details regarding specific topics will be available from the School of Music on an annual basis.

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

  • PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above and permission of the School.

Additional Information

A History of Music Theory and Musical Theoretical Thought from the Age of Antiquity to Circa 1550.

An intensive study of the history of music theory and musical theoretical thought from  selected ancient Greek and Roman philosophical writings, through to Boethius (circa 480-524),  to the House of Burgundy (circa 1350 to the early fifteenth century), until Glareanus’ Dodecachordon  (1547). As represented by speculative and didactic treatises as well as related documents; emphasis on the development of modal theory, harmonic idioms, philosophy and aesthetics, in conjunction with detailed analyses of relevant contemporaneous musical compositions as they relate to specific issues.