HISTORY OF MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MUSIC
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Familiarity with the essential features of music of the Medieval, Humanist and Renaissance periods in Western civilisation.
Course contents summary
Course title: The origins and development of the Western musical tradition.
Module A (5 learning credits): Western music as a distinctive element spread by the Roman liturgy to European culture. Transition to the polyphonic system understood as a product of the ars. Development of the practice of composition in counterpoint. Development of speculative thought in Medieval and Renaissance theory.
Module B (5 learning credits): sequences, tropes and liturgical drama. Development of musical dramaturgy in the spiritual theatre between Humanism and Renaissance. The rediscovery of the “canto alla lira” as a humanistic product and Politian’s Fable of Orpheus. Development of the concept of accompanied monody and the birth of musical dramaturgy in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Florence.
CATTIN, G.: La monodia del medioevo, Torino, EdT, 1991.
GALLO, A.: La polifonia del medioevo, Torino EdT, 1991.
GALLICO, C.: L'età dell'umanesimo e del rinascimento, Torino, EdT, 1991.
(History volumes by the Società Italiana di Musicologia, nos. 2, 3 and 4 respectively).
LUISI, F.: La musica vocale nel Rinascimento, Torino, ERI, 1977.
Classroom lectures – Discussion of bibliography and historiography – Research methods – Listening laboratory.