Through listening, lecture and discussion, this course willexamine the development of western music from the late Middle Ages to the present, with particular emphasis on the roleplayed by music in the culture of its time. Examine medieval religious chant and its use as a scaffold for sacred and secular works of the Renaissance and Baroque, the interaction between music and science in the Enlightenment, the emergence of the cult of the artist, and the notion of the greatwork in the Romantic period. Finally, consider the contested position of music in our own culture, addressing the ongoing debate of music as high and low culture. Along the way, acquire the listening skills and vocabulary to engage music and to express your impressions of the works studied and, perhaps, to critically examine individual musical tastes.
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