Topics in Music History and Culture I - Historical Performance Practice Issues in Mediaeval and Renaissance Music

Course Number: 380*/3.0 3L, S (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: 2.30-4.00, Th: 4.00-5.30

Room: HLH 124

Calendar Description

An intensive study of a topic within historical musicology, ethnomusicology, or popular music(s).

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

  • PREREQUISITES (MUSC 191/6.0 and MUSC 103/3.0 and [MUSC 203/3.0 or MUSC 204/3.0 or MUSC 205/3.0]) or permission of the School.

Additional Information

Historical Performance Practice Issues in the Mediaeval and Renaissance Music from an Academic and Practical Perspective; an Examination of External and Internal Evidence.

A detailed discussion and investigation into the complex issues associated with the performance and performance practice of material  of mediaeval and Renaissance musical repertories as preserved and transmitted  in ancient manuscript sources, without the omnibus drectives of dynamic markings, such as tempi  indications, bar lines, precise manner of musical execution in small dimensions, among other features. In the absence of external evidence, internal evidence will be examined, and rationalized in terms of its critical potential for musical interpretation and ultimate performance result of these early musical repertories. The final assignment will be the production of a performing as opposed to a purely academic edition of a major selected composition with accompanying critical commentary.