Early Music

Course code
A17
Course fee (no housing)
€500.00
Level
Bachelor
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This course will be provided in an online setting. There will be a mixture of live online teaching and discussion and offline assignments, reading and listening.

Early Music is a term often applied to music until c. 1750. This course focuses on the period between c. 800 and c. 1600. It is designed to introduce the world of early music within its cultural, religious, social, political, and historical context. You will learn about developments in genre, musical thinking, and modes of transmission. 

Since music is sound and since that sound disappears once a performance ends, studying music is a complicated pursuit. When a sound presence has not been recorded, the music exists only in memory. The sound of early music disappeared behind the horizons of living memory long ago. Moreover, the written sources we have are scarce and can be difficult to interpret: many manuscripts in which the music was copied have been destroyed or fragmented over time and most music may never have been written down to begin with. Nevertheless, there is also much we do know about early music.

Through this course, you will become familiar with developments in musical notation, which are important not only for our current access to the music, but which also inspired new compositional techniques and opportunities. You will get to know musicians, composers, and poets and gain insights into their world. You will discuss differences between oral and written transmission of music. You will learn about music theory, often based on that by the Ancient Greeks, and see how changes in thinking about the world also caused shifts in musical thinking. You will become familiar with both secular and religious genres. All of this will be accompanied by the listening to examples of musical works throughout the course.

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Course director

Dr. Frieda van der Heijden

Lecturers

Dr. Frieda van der Heijden

Target audience

This course is designed for those who are interested in Early Music. 

Course aim

To familiarize yourself with Early Music by studying its context, the developments in genre, musical thinking and modes of transmission.

Costs

Course fee:
€500.00
Included:
Course + course materials

Application

For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

  • Motivation Letter

More information

Utrecht Summer School | E: info@utrechtsummerschool.nl | T: +31 30 253 4400

Registration

Application deadline: 31 July 2020

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