Music | Performance Practice Before 1750
M435 | 12541 | N. North
M 435 / 635
Prof. Nigel North (Early Music Institute)
Spring semester 2007
PERFORMANCE PRACTICE before 1750
Monday/Wed/Friday 12.45 – 2.15 pm
This course will be shaped to fit the needs of the enrolled
It is not a music history course, but more a chance to explore and
be curious about what causes music of a particular era to be unique.
Its primary focus will be to introduce the music before 1750 and the
many varied ways that this music may have been performed.
Through a mixture of
- listening to “modern” and “historical” recordings
- playing music together in class
we will look at the following subjects
- for any given period(mediaeval, renaissance, baroque) where
can we look for evidence about how music was performed in the time
it was written ?
- what do the scores tell us, and do not tell is ?
- what do historically built instrumentents tell us about the
music itself and about how we may be able to play it
From these large subjects we will look at the smaller subjects that
effect many things about performance practice:
- performance space (eg, was the music intended for public
performance, royal entertainment, theatre, church, privtae music
making at home, dance )
- ornamentation (including vibrato)
- tunings and temparaments
- articulations , bowings, fingerings
- modern editions vs. facsimiles
- tempo and dynamics
- language and the effect it has on the music
- basic ideas of rhetoric and expression of the musical text
2 major assignments will be :
- one paper, mid term
- one performance based presentation at the end of the semester.
Both assignments will be chosen together by the student and teacher.
If you are interested in the course, or have questions, please e
mail Prof. Nigel North