Introduction to Musicology

 

Assessment

1. A previously unseen class test in which you must score a piece from copies of its parts in original notation. In preparation for this, weekly graded exercises will be provided which you may begin in class and complete in your own time (30%).

2. A short essay (800 words) on one of the topics covered in weeks 6–10 (due 12:00 Tuesday TT Week 1) (30%).

3. A comparative book review (800 words) of two musical biographies (due 12:00 Monday TT Week 3) (30%).

4. Class participation and scholarly initiative (10%).

Reading

  1. Joseph Kerman, Musicology (London: Collins, 1985) (library)

  2. Perspectives in Musicology: The Inaugural Lectures in the Ph.D. Program at the City University of New York, ed. Barry S. Brook et al. (New York: Norton, 1972) (library)

  3. NOTATION

  4. Willi Apel, The Notation of Polyphonic Music (Cambridge, Mass., 1942) (library)

  5. Carl Parrish, The Notation of Medieval Music (London: Faber & Faber, 1958) (library)

  6. Richard Rastall, The Notation of Western Music: An Introduction (London: Dent, 1983) (library)

  7. BACH

  8. The New Bach Reader: A Life of Johann Sebastian Bach in Letters and Documents, ed. Hans T. David and Arthur Mendel, rev. Christoph Wolff (New York: Norton, 1988) (library)

  9. Christoph Wolff, Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000) (library)

  10. BYRD

  11. Edmund Fellowes, William Byrd, 2nd edn (London: Oxford University Press, 1948) (library)

  12. Kerry McCarthy, Byrd (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013) (library)

  13. ELGAR

  14. Jerrold Northrop Moore, Edward Elgar: A Creative Life (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987) (library)

  15. Dianna McVeagh, Elgar: The Music Maker (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2007) (library)

  16. LISZT

  17. Sacheverell Sitwell, Liszt (London: Cassell, 1955) (library)

  18. Elaenor Perényi, Liszt (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1975) (library)

  19. TCHAIKOVSKY

  20. Modeste Tchaikovsky, The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (London: Bodley Head, 1905) (online)

  21. David Brown, Tchaikovsky: The Man and His Music (London: Faber, 2006) (library)

Further reading will be supplied as the module progresses.

Basic white mensural notation (exercise)

Ligatures (exercise)

Coloration (exercise)

Canons (exercise)

Notation Test

Editing

Study Week

Attribution and Authentication

St Patrick’s Day

Transmission and Intervention

Performance Practice

Musical biography

Week 1

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