Early Music Department

Courses

Jacobs School Bulletin

2019-20
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In addition to music history and theory offered by the Jacobs School of Music, the Historical Performance Institute offers a wide selection of courses including Literature and Performance Practices of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical Music (4-course series); Continuo Readings and Performance; Playing and Singing from Original Notation; Bibliography; Research in Early Music (with changing topics); and Seminars. Please contact us if you would like further information regarding the Historical Performance Institute.

Please check the Schedule of Classes for course offerings each semester and consult individual course entries in this schedule for information on course prerequisites and corequisites.

For Early Music Performance Study courses (lessons, masterclass, and recitals), please click here.

 

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MUS  F420 - Topics in Performance Study

MUS  F501 - Accompaniment of Baroque Music

P: Successful completion of a graduate keyboard proficiency examination and consent of instructor. Introduction to the art of accompaniment of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century music. Repertoire is selected from a wide variety of chamber and larger works, both vocal and instrumental. Included in the study are recitative, embellishment, and improvisation.

MUS  F502 - Topics in Basso Continuo

P: Successful completion of a graduate keyboard proficiency examination and consent of the instructor. Primary sources regarding basso continuo performance practices are examined. Emphasis is on performance from figured and unfigured bass.

MUS  F503 - Advanced Topics in Basso Continuo

National styles of basso continuo practice from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Readings and application to compositions of selected composers.

MUS  F520 - Topics in Performance Study

MUS  M408 - Lute Sources and Repertoire

An overview of all sources, both manuscript and printed, of solo lute music, c. 1500-c. 1750, together with repertoire contained in those sources.

MUS  M409 - Lute Treatises and Instruction Manuals

A study of all original instructional material and treatises from c. 1500-c. 1750 which describe techniques and performance styles for lute and other historical plucked strings.

MUS  M415 - Interpreting Unaccompanied Bach

Study and performance of the unaccompanied works by J.S. Bach for violin, cello, and flute. Consideration of structural musical elements based on autograph manuscripts. Open to all instrumentalists other than keyboard players.

MUS  M435 - Performance Practice Before 1750

Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque repertory studied in light of historical performance, including historical performance procedures, instruments, tuning, rhythm, notations, and other theoretical areas of importance for performance. Some consideration is given to the recreation of historical music employing modern instruments.

MUS  M458 - Topics in Historical Performance

Variable topics in repertory and performance practice in the field of historical performance. May be taken more than once.

MUS  M508 - Lute Sources and Repertoire

An overview of all sources, both manuscript and printed, of solo lute music, c. 1500-c. 1750, together with repertoire contained in those sources.

MUS  M509 - Lute Treatises and Instruction Manuals

A study of all original instructional material and treatises from c. 1500-c. 1750 which describe techniques and performance styles for lute and other historical plucked strings.

MUS  M515 - Interpreting Unaccompanied Bach

Study and performance of the unaccompanied works by J.S. Bach for violin, cello, and flute. Consideration of structural musical elements based on autograph manuscripts. Open to all instrumentalists other than keyboard players.

MUS  M516 - Advanced Topics in Early Music

MUS  M517 - Medieval Performance Practice

The basic literature of the Medieval period with performance-oriented analysis, survey of original sources, and study of performance-related theoretical works.

MUS  M518 - Renaissance Performance Practice

The basic literature of the Renaissance period with performance-oriented analysis, survey of original sources, and study of performance-related theoretical works.

MUS  M519 - Baroque Performance Practice

The basic literature of the Baroque period with performance-oriented analysis, survey of original sources, and study of performance-related theoretical works.

MUS  M520 - Classical Performance Practice

The basic literature of the Classical period with performance-oriented analysis, survey of original sources, and study of performance-related theoretical works.

MUS  M521 - Literature and Performance Practice V

The basic literature of the Romantic period with performance-oriented analysis, survey of original sources, and study of performance-related theoretical works.

MUS  M522 - Historical Notation/Edition Projects

This course develops students’ literacy in pre-modern forms of musical notation, from the 14th to the 17th centuries, with an introduction to paleography and editorial method. In addition to being able to read and perform from earlier forms of notation, students will learn to create modern performance editions from primary sources.

MUS  M523 - Music and Rhetoric in Performance

This course deals with changing relationships between words and music (c.1300-1750) through the evidence of contemporaneous ideologies applied to composition, interpretation and performance. Beginning with classical authors who prescribe techniques for persuasive oration, the reception of such principles within both the Renaissance and Baroque periods will be given central emphasis.

MUS  M558 - Topics in Historical Performance

Variable topics in repertory and performance practice in the field of historical performance. May be taken more than once.

MUS  M635 - Performance Practice Before 1750

Styles of solo and ensemble performance of instrumental and vocal music from the Middle Ages through the Baroque period: medium, dynamics, tempo, ornamentation and improvisation, temperament. Editing and performing of works for old and modern instruments.

MUS  X60 - Historical Performance Ensembles

Concentus: A mixed instrumental/vocal ensemble configured to fit a broad range of repertories from before 1650. Required of all historical performance majors not performing in Baroque Orchestra or Classical Orchestra.

Baroque Orchestra: Studies and performs repertory from c.1600-c.1750.

Classical Orchestra: Studies and performs pre-classical and classical works from c.1750-c.1830.