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MUSC8030 - European Music to 1600

Title:European Music to 1600
Long Title:European Music to 1600
Module Code:MUSC8030
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2021/22 ( September 2021 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MARIA JUDGE
Module Author: SUSAN O REGAN
Module Description: This module explores the socio-political contexts in which the Western musical tradition emerged and developed, and examines the technical and aesthetic issues of the repertory and its realisation in a modern performance setting.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Relate key dates, events and social developments to music history within the given time frame
LO2 Evaluate the role of music within prevailing social, economic, and political conditions
LO3 Plan and carry out an investigation of an aspect of music between 1100-1600, using a range of historical sources
LO4 Structure and present historical knowledge in written form
LO5 Discuss specific repertoires and their artistic significance
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Roots of the Western tradition in concepts and practices of the ancient world.
Music in medieval liturgies
Development and codification of chant, development of notation system, early polyphony.
Monophonic traditions - Latin and vernacular
Intertextuality; Troubadour, Trouvère, Minnesinger traditions; Popular devotional song in England, Iberian peninsula, Italy
Economic and social developments and their impact on musical traditions and practices. Technical and aesthetic aspects of sacred and secular polyphony.
Performance practice
Improvised traditions; notational conventions; interpretation of scores; transcription. The Early Music movement and its influence on present-day performance, recording and editing.
Sources for the study and performance of Medieval and Renaissance music: manuscript, facsimile, modern edition, musical artefacts, literary sources, modern scholarship.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions Chronology, terminology, aural analysis 1,2,5 25.0 Week 9
Reflective Journal Responses to listening, reading, and practical assignments 1,2,3,4,5 25.0 Every Second Week
Essay Investigation of an approved topic 1,2,3,4,5 50.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture European music to 1600 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial Development of research topic, practicum: transcription, analysis, performance 0.5 Every Week 0.50
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Study, research, listening 5.5 Every Week 5.50
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.50
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Fassler, Margot 2014, Music in the Medieval West, Norton [ISBN: 978039392915]
  • Taruskin, Richard 2010, Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century, Oxford U.P [ISBN: 9780195384819]
  • Atlas, Allan 1998, Renaissance Music: Music in Western Europe 1400-1600, Norton New York [ISBN: 0-393-97169-4]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Atlas, Allan W. 1998, Anthology of Renaissance Music: Western Europe 1400-1600, Norton New York [ISBN: 9780393971705]
  • Brown, Howard M. 1976, Music in the Renaissance, Prentice Hall Englewood Cliffs [ISBN: 0136084974]
  • Hoppin, Richard H. 1978, Medieval Music, Norton New York [ISBN: 0-393-09090-6]
  • Fenlon, Iain, ed. 1989, The Renaissance: from the 1470s to the end of the 16th century, Prentice Hall Englewood Cliffs [ISBN: 0137734174]
  • McGee, Timothy 1985, Medieval and Renaissance Music: a Performer's Guide, Scholar Press Aldershot [ISBN: 0-859678334]
  • Yudkin, Jeremy 1989, Music in Medieval Europe, Prentice Hall Englewood Cliffs, N.J. [ISBN: 0136081924]
  • Atkinson, Charles M. 2009, The Critical Nexus: Tone-system, Mode and Notation in Early Medieval Music, Oxford U.P [ISBN: 9780195148886]
  • Stras, Laurie 2018, Women and Music in Sixteenth-Century Ferrara, Cambridge University Press [ISBN: 9781107154070]
  • Munrow, David 1976, Instruments of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Oxford U.P. London [ISBN: 0193213214]
  • Perkins, Leeman 1999, Musc in the Age of the Renaissance, Norton New York [ISBN: 0-393-04608-7]
  • Palisca, Claude V. 1996, Norton Anthology of Western Music Vol 1: Ancient to Baroque, Norton New York [ISBN: 0-393-96906-1]
  • Wilson, David Fenwick 1990, Music of the Middle Ages - an Anthology for Performance and Study, Schirmer New York [ISBN: 0-02-872952-8]
  • Wilson, David Fenwick 1990, Music of the Middle Ages - Style and Structure, Schirmer New York [ISBN: 0-02-872951-X]
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
  • Buckley, Ann 2000, Music and Musicians in Medieval Irish Society, Early Music, May 2000
  • Routley, Nicholas 1985, A practical guide to musica ficta, Early Music, February 1985, 59-71
  • Loewe, J. Andreas 2013, Why do Lutherans sing? Luther, Music and the Gospel in the first Century of the Reformation, Church History, 82: 1 (March 2013)
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 6 Elective
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 8 Elective

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