Upon successful completion of the course, students should have:
• adapt the basic knowledge of the sources of music history, the different eras, the musical/historical phenomena and their chronological succession, from the beginnings of music history until the Renaissance
• been familiarised with the various methods of approaching musical/historical issues as well as with the methods of documentation in music historiography
• understand the development of musical styles and genres and their relevance to historical cultures
• develop critical skills through to the systematic listening and commenting of specifically chosen musical works or extracts of musical works
Course Content (Syllabus)
A study of history of music from the beginnings till the end of the 16th century. Emphasis will be placed on specific topics of the text book:
• Introduction: History and history of music
• The beginning of music history
• The pythagorian calculation of the intervals
• Tropus and modus
• Teaching about the hexachords: names (claves) and syllables (voces) of the notes
• The appearance and development of the early European polyphony
• Secular music in the feudal system of the Middle Ages
• Ars Antiqua and Ars Nova – The isorhythmic motet
• The Mass as a composition
• The Roman School of the 16th century – Palestrina
• Humanism and music in the Renaissance
Additional bibliography for study
• U. Michels: Άτλας της μουσικής, τόμος Α'. Αθήνα, Φ. Νάκας, 1994.
• P.J. Burkholder, D.J. Grout & C.V. Palisca: A History of Western Music (8th ed.). New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2010.
• P.J. Burkholder & C.V. Palisca (επιμ.): Norton Anthology of Western Music (6th ed.): Volume I: Ancient to Baroque. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2010.