Spring 2021

Voices from a Bygone Time

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-221  |  Music, as MUSI-221

Formerly listed as: EUST-37  |  MUSI-21


Klara Moricz (Section 01)


(Offered as MUSI 221 and EUST 221) Monks living in monastic seclusion, troubadours serving their ladies and fighting wars, mad princes writing complicated polyphonic music, male castrato singers celebrated as the pop-stars of opera houses are just a few of the fascinating characters who participated in music making from the Middle Ages until the middle of the eighteenth century in Europe. The music they produced is frequently called "early music," a falsely unifying label that hides the kaleidoscopic nature of this fantastic repertory, ranging from monophonic chant to opera. In this course we will study how the invention of musical notation affected the development of music, turning an oral tradition of chant into a written tradition of complex polyphonic textures unimaginable without the help of notation. Reading historical documents and listening to selected pieces of music, we'll visit the soundscape of this bygone time that still influences our thinking about music. Assignments include listening, reading, and short papers. Knowledge of musical notation at least at the rudimentary level is recommended.

Requisite: MUSI 112 or consent of the instructor. Spring semester. Professor Móricz. The course will be offered Hyflex with as much individual/in-person contact as practical.


Artistic Practice, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Offered in Fall 2022
Other years: Offered in Spring 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2017, Fall 2018, Spring 2021, Fall 2022