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MUSC7037 - Baroque Music Ensemble

Title:Baroque Music Ensemble
Long Title:Baroque Music Ensemble
Module Code:MUSC7037
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
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: JAMES TAYLOR
Module Description: In this module, students will engage with instrumental and/or vocal music of the 17th and 18th centuries in a variety of ways, including practical, analytical and theoretical approaches. Through ensemble performance, students will develop a critical understanding of issues such as performance style and conventions, notation, and implications of tuning systems. The module will explore the sourcing of repertoire both in original manuscript and in modern editions, and will equip students with the analytical, critical, and practical abilities for historically informed performance practice. Students will gain the practical and theoretical knowledge to improvise in early-music style and ornamentation techniques drawn from selected music treatises. Open to all Level 7 students and above.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Exercise appropriate judgement in sourcing and editing repertoire and in developing a concert programme to be performed by available instrumentalists and vocalists.
LO2 Improvise embellishment via techniques such as diminution and ornamentation, and to understand and implement the basics of figured-bass accompaniment in an ensemble setting.
LO3 Demonstrate specialised knowledge and skills in the preparation and performance of 17th and 18th-century repertory.
LO4 To rehearse and perform ensemble repertoire of the baroque era in a historically informed style.
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
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

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.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Early Music Ensemble Performance
Rehearsal and performance in an Early Music ensemble. Taking initiative for decisions regarding performing, organising rehearsals, and directing a group, and giving cues
Improvisation and Figured-bass realisation
To implement stylistically appropriate ornamentation techniques according to various treatises, and to understand and implement the basics of figured-bass accompaniment in an ensemble setting
Sourcing repertoire
Finding repertoire from various sources, including websites, and libraries in both original manuscript and modern form.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Continuous Assessment 1: Contribution to the ensemble and response to instruction 1,2,3,4 20.0 Week 3
Practical/Skills Evaluation Continuous Assessment 2: demonstrated development of improvisation and realisation skills 1,2,3,4 20.0 Week 6
Practical/Skills Evaluation Continuous Assessment 3: demonstrated application of context-sensitive performance practice 2,3,4 20.0 Week 9
Performance Evaluation A short recital consisting of appropriate repertoire performed in a small ensemble 2,3,4 40.0 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 Group coaching 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Individual practice, rehearsal, and research 6.0 Every Week 6.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Burkholder, Peter J., and Claude V. Palisca 2019, The Norton Anthology of Western Music (Volume 1: Ancient to Baroque), 8th Ed., W. W. Norton & Company New York [ISBN: 9780393656411]
  • Erhardt, Martin, 2013, Upon A Ground: Improvisation on Ostinato Basses from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Centuries, Edition Walhall Magdeburg [ISBN: 9790500709053]
  • Smith, Anne 2011, The Performance of 16th-Century Music, Oxford University Press New York [ISBN: 9780199742622]
  • Gjerdingen, Robert. O, 2007, Music in the Galant Style, Oxford University Press Oxford [ISBN: 9780195313710]
  • Apel, Willi (edited by Thomas Birkley) 1990, Italian Violin Music of the Seventeenth Century, Indiana University Press [ISBN: 0-253-30683-3]
  • Quantz, J. J. (translated & edited by Edward R. Reilly) 1966, On Playing the Flute, Faber & Faber London
  • Bach, Carl Phillip Emanuel, (translated and edited by William J. Mitchell) 1949, Essay on the true Art of playing keyboard instruments, W. W. Norton & Company London [ISBN: 0-393-09716-1]
  • Neumann, Frederick 1983, Ornamentation in Baroque and Post Baroque Music, Princeton University Press [ISBN: 0-691-02707-2]
  • Christensen, Jesper Bøje, 18th Century Continuo Playing - A Historical Guide to the Basics, BA 8177 Ed., Bärenreiter [ISBN: 9790006505494]
  • Tarling, Judy 2001, Baroque String Playing for ingenious learners, Corda Music Guilford and King's Lynn [ISBN: 0-9528220-1-6]
  • Reiter, Walter 2020, The Baroque Violin and Viola, Oxford University Press Oxford [ISBN: 9780190922702]
  • Weber, Hans Peter (translated by Maria Raffaele) 2018, Generalbass-Compendium, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis Basel [ISBN: 978-3-9524701]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Campion, John & Thomas Playford 1654, An Introduction to the Skill of Musick, John Playford and Christopher Simpson
  • Morley, Thomas 1597, A Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practical Musicke, Peter Short London
  • Simpson, Chistopher 1669, A compendium of Practical Musick, 3rd Ed., Pearson London
  • Santa Maria, Thomas de (trans. Sion M. Honea) 1565, Libro llamado Arte de tañer Fantasia (Book Called Art of Playing Fantasia), 13-19
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 3 Elective
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 4 Elective

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