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Jo Ann Taricani
Seattle Campus

Medieval Music: To 1400

Critical readings on issues in medieval music. Works to be studied include repertory from chant, motets, and sacred and secular music of the Middle Ages.

Class description

This course will explore the role of music in various aspects of medieval culture, including liturgy, cathedrals and cities, and literature. Topics include: Music and its role in medieval liturgy (will include chant singing and medieval notation); music and monasteries; the Cathedral of Notre Dame of Paris; science and music (the relationship of music and mathematics); Machaut, his manuscripts, poetry, and music; British music in the middle ages. For textbook, see the medieval chapters of Richard Taruskin, "The Oxford History of Western Music," starting with Chapter 1: "The Curtain Goes Up". Link to the book (you must be logged into your UW account) is:

There will be a midterm and a final paper required.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jo Ann Taricani
Date: 11/15/2013