20 Credits SPRING

Pre-requisites: A level music and/or Grade V theory required

Aims/Description: This module will offer an accessible introduction to the sounds, styles and contexts of music in Europe from about 1400 to about 1600. The period encompasses some of the most beautiful vocal music ever written, and some startling innovations in musical style and compositional technique, much of it bankrolled by dastardly Machiavellian princes with dubious political motives. The Renaissance also encompasses seismic technological shifts (e.g. the invention of printing) and ideological battles (e.g. the Reformation) with profound consequences for European musical culture. No previous knowledge of Renaissance music required.

Restrictions on availability: Limited to 20 students.

Staff Contact: Rebecca Phipps
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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