Baroque Music Interpretation 1

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104IB1 Z 1 1T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course aim is a glimpse into issues of historically trained interpretation.

  1. fundamental concepts and terminology (in a period context)
  2. bearing in the literature (where to find detailed information).
  3. style variances (period and regional).

Mode of study

Lecture combined with sound and notation samples with active participation of the students.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Partial knowledge of the Baroque repertoire and not only on one's instrument.

Course contents

Brief course curriculum:

  1. Markings of Baroque art in general
  2. Composition character
  3. Affect theory
  4. Rhetoric and rhetorical figures in music
  5. Meter and tempo
  6. Baroque dance suites
  7. Non-mesure and stylus fantasticus
  8. Rhythmic and expression accents
  9. Text scores (manuscripts, critique editions, urtext editions, critique reports.

The course is to spark interest for further study and inspire students in the interpretation of keyboard literature of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Recommended or required reading

Czech and slovak:

BACH, Carl Philippe Emanuel, Úvaha o správném způsobu hry na klavír, Paido Brno 2002

DOLMETSCH, Arnold, Interpretace hudby 17. a 18. století, SNKLHU, Praha 1958

KAZÁROVÁ, Helena, Barokní taneční formy, AMU 2005

KALISTA, Zdeněk, Tvář baroka, Praha 1992, 2. vyd. Garamond, 2005

MOZART, Leopold, Leopolda Mozarta, velkoknížecího salcburského vicekapelníka důkladná škola na housle, Praha 2000

QUNTILIANUS, Marcus Fabius, Základy rétoriky,Odeon (Živá díla minulosti), Praha 1985

QUANTZ, Johann Joachim, Pokus o návod jak hrát na příčnou flétnu, Supraphon, Praha 1990

Slovenská hudba. Revue pre hudobnú kultúru. Antologia renesancia a barok, roč. XX, rok 1994, číslo 3-4

VILLARI Rosario (editor), Barokní člověk a jeho svět, Vyšehrad 2004

Foreign language:

Music encoklopediae MGG and Grove

The Companion to Baroque Music, Ed. J. A. Sadie, Oxford University Press 1998

DONINGTON, Robert, Interpretation of Early Music, Faber - Faber, London 1963, New Version London 1989

FERGUSON, Howard, Keyboard Interpretation from the 14th to the 19th Century, Oxford University Press, London 1975, 1987

MATTHESON, Johann, Der vollkomenne Capelmeister, 1739, Faksimile (2. vyd.) Bärenreiter, Kassel, 1969

Grosse-Generalbass-Schule oder: Der exemplarischen Organisten-Probe II/1731, Georg Olms Verlag, Hildesheim 1994

MIEHLING, Klaus, Das Tempo in der Musik von Barock und Vorklassik, Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven 1993

NEUMANN, Friderik, Ornamentation in Baroque and Post-Baroque Music, Princeton 1978

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit is awarded based on:

Lecture participation

During the semester, independent reading and participation in discussion is requested. Also, 70% attendance at lectures. In case of inability due to health it is possible to request substitute fulfilment of requirements.



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