Genres and forms of the 17th and 18th century opera. Historiography and source readings

Course Information
TitleΕίδη και μορφές της όπερας του 17ου και 18ου αιώνα. Ιστοριογραφία και μελέτη των πηγών / Genres and forms of the 17th and 18th century opera. Historiography and source readings
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolMusic Studies
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID600013866

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Mousikṓn Spoudṓn (2017-sīmera)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Musicology / Music EducationElective Courses745
Music CompositionElective Courses745

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • German (Examination)
Required Courses
  • ΙΠ1002 History of music (17th-19th century)
  • ΙΠ1004 Introduction to music studies
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an international context
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Considering the Opera to be a complicated creation, the aim of this course is to show through specific examples the characteristic forms and particular genres of this kind of composition. The course is a seminar-type and offers, through the presentation of papers and the interactive participation, the basic knowledge about the historical stages of the opera development during the 17th and 18th centuries. Issues of dramaturgy and musical analysis of representative works are proposed for examination, which contributes to the better understanding of the structure of musical works. In addition, the various musical forms, introduced to the Opera from the 1600s until the 1800s, will be examined. Within the framework of the seminar, the historical development of the Opera, will also be examined in connection with the progress of the particular national traditions observed in Italy, England, France and Germany, where specific music-dramaturgical patterns were cultivated in the different genres of the Opera. To be more specific the operas of composers, such as, Claudio Monteverdi, Francesco Cavalli, Henry Purcell, Georg Friedrich Handel, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be examined closely.
Opera, Libretto, History. Dramaturgy
Educational Material Types
  • Video lectures
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment301
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities160.5
Written assigments401.3
Student Assessment
The assessment of students who will sign up, is realized be means of written assignment, of which the oral presentation is mandatory in the framework of the course.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Εύη Νίκα-Σαμψών, "Όπερα" κεφ. στον συλλογικό τόμο "ΜΟΥΣΙΚΗ" Εκδότης: Εκδοτική Αθηνών Επιμέλεια: Απόστολος Κώστιος Αριθμός Σελίδων: 408 Έτος Έκδοσης: 01-2007
Additional bibliography for study
Νίκα - Σαμψών Ευανθία (επιμ.) (1997). Κλάουντιο Μοντεβέρντι: Ορφέας. Αθήνα. Μέγαρο Μουσικής Αθηνών. Νίκα - Σαμψών Ευανθία (επιμ.) (1999). Claudio Monteverdi: Η Στέψη της Ποππαίας. Αθήνα. Μέγαρο Μουσικής Αθηνών. Νίκα - Σαμψών Ευανθία (επιμ.) (1996). Francesco Cavalli: Ιάσων. Αθήνα. Μέγαρο Μουσικής Αθηνών. Νίκα - Σαμψών Ευανθία (επιμ.) (1993). Μουσική και Διαφωτισμός. Αθήνα. Μέγαρο Μουσικής Αθηνών. Νίκα - Σαμψών Ευανθία (επιμ.) (1992). Henry Purcell: Διδώ και Αινείας. Αθήνα. Μέγαρο Μουσικής Αθηνών. Νίκα - Σαμψών Ευανθία (2011), "Περγκολέζι: η κρίση του είδους της ιταλικής κωμικής όπερας και οι μουσικοαισθητικές προεκτάσεις της", στο: Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736), Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Hugo Wolf (1860-1903) και Samuel Barber (1910-1981). Αθήνα, Ελλάδα. Πρακτικά Διατμηματικού Συνεδρίου 2011. Νίκα - Σαμψών Ευανθία, "Παράδοση και νεωτερισμός στο έργο του Georg Friedrich Händel", στο: Henry Purcell (1659-1695), Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759), Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), Felix Mendelssohn- Bartholdy (1809-1847). Αθήνα, Ελλάδα. Θεσσαλονίκη. University Studio Press. Πρακτικά Διατμηματικού Συνεδρίου 2009.
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