HISTORY OF MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MUSIC
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The aim of this class is to achieve the basic knowledge on the relationships between music and European society through Middle Ages and modern age, and will focus on holy, devotional, and secular musical repertories.
Course contents summary
Subjects: the emergence of musical writing and its graphical evolution in various social and cultural European environments; monody and polyphony in holy and secular contexts; teaching of music in medieval universities and the problematic writing of rhythm. Musical examples will be played in order to show their peculiarities.
Basic book: "Musica e società", vol. I: "Dall’Alto Medioevo al 1640", ed. by Paolo Fabbri and Maria Chiara Bertieri, Milan, McGraw Hill, 2012.
Two freely chosen chapters taken from: "Atlante storico della musica nel Medioevo", ed. by Vera Minazzi and Cesarino Ruini, introduction and conclusions by F. Alberto Gallo, Milan, Jaca Book, 2011.
Two freely chosen essays (but with different subjects from the two chapters taken from the "Atlante storico della musica nel Medioevo") among the following texts: GIACOMO BAROFFIO, MARK EVERIST, JOHN STINSON, VINCENZO BORGHETTI, STANLEY BOORMAN in "Il libro di musica. Per una storia materiale delle fonti musicali in Europa", ed. by Carlo Fiore, Palermo, L’Epos, 2004, pp. 21-41, 43-64, 65-87, 89-114, 115-136).
Assessment methods and criteria
The final examination will be an oral exam on the subjects discussed in the class.