History of dance music 1

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107DHT1 Z 2 2T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

This course develops knowledge of the history of music. It covers the particulars of dance music, its nature and historical development in the European context.

Mode of study

Presentation, music sample listenings, study of dance-music recordings, comparison of music and movement notation.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

This course requires completion of Music History and Theory and Score Analysis. The ability to read scores is necessary. Music education and experience is advantageous.

Course contents

The presentation of the history of dance music is defind in the area of folk dance, social dances and theatre dancing. Attention is devoted to their particular characteristics arising from the aims and function of the music in these types of dance. The theory presentation is supplemented with listenings of music example and an analysisof notation.

The chronology presentation begins in European antiquity and contines through Medieval music and the first preserved music recording of the dances Estampida and Saltarello, dance songs and Troubador culture, accompanying music issues and iconography is used in this.

The Renaissance presentation focuses on the musical characteristics of individual dance forms which formed this period. Particular attention is devoted to some composers (M. Praetorius), J. Dowland) and music collections (Terpsichore). Music of selected balle de cour (Ballet comique de la reine) performances are studied.

In the Baroque the presentation continues along with individual music-dance forms. Particular attention is devoted to the Baroque suite and dance music issues in particular for dance and the concert dance form. The works of J.B. Lully and other Ballet de cour composers is studied in detail.

Recommended or required reading

Sachs, Curt: The Rise of Music in the Ancient World, New York 1943.

Marrocco, W. Thomas: Inventory of Fifteenth-Century Bassedanze, Balli, and Balletti in Italian Dance Manuals, New York 1981.

Salmen, Walter: Der fahrende Musiker im europäischen Mittelalter, Kassel 1960.

Sparti, Barbara: The Fifteenth-Century Balli Tunes: A New Look. In Early Music 14.3 (1986): 346-357.

Woira, W.; Salmen,W.: Die Tanzmusik im deutschen Mittelalter. In Zeitschrift für Volkskunde 50 (1953): 164-187.

Mersenne, Marin: Harmonie universelle, reprint Paris 1963.

Heyer, John ed.: Jean-Baptiste Lully and the Music of the French Baroque, New York 1989.

Hilton, Wendy: Dance of court and Theatre: The French Noble Style, New Jersey 1981.

Nettl, Paul: The Story of Dance Music, New York 1947.

Otterbach, Friedemann: Die Geschichte der europäischen Tanzmusik, Wilhelmshafen 1980.

Taubert, Karl-Heinz: Höfische Tänze, Mainz 1968.

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit is awarded based on:

Lecture participation

Study of the assigned literature and recording listenings

During the semester assigned literature readings, independent recording listenings are required.

Grading is based on participation in lectures.

Requirement for successful completion of the course: lecture participation, independent study.



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