Compositional Styles and Genres History 1

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186DSS1 Z 1 2T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Improving qualifications in important disciplines within the confines of music theory and history.

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Prerequisites and co-requisites

Competion, presentation and defense in class discussion of assigned papers. Knowledge of the fundamental works of the assigned literature and lecture material.

Course contents

General considerations on the meanings of the terms music style and music genre. Classifciation and systematic arrangment of music types-genre criteria: aim, intention, vitals; instrumentation, timbre. Vocal music and its link to literature. Comparison of systems and terminologies of literary types and genres. Instrumental music. Dividing vocal and instrumental genres. Chamber, symphonic and concertante music. Vocal-instrumental music. Drama music. Program and Character music. Electo-acoustic music. Music types - genre classifications. Characteristics of individual music types - genres on a backdrop and in accordance to their classification.

Importance of music type and genre terminologies their concept for some important composers. General incentive characteristics determining genre and type arrangement; intention, aim and instrumentation. Basic priniciples contributing to genre - type arrangement: music as a game and a means of communication. The relationship form and type-genre. Issues of type-genre music categorization. Advantages and disadvantages of three-level division of music directly connected to extra-music events, occasions,and activities, that is music linked to aim. special listening music from today's music operations, primarily concert and drama-music perspective. Potential differentiating classifications, ex: with eight basic categories of music type-genre. Analysis of some the usual spans of genres: Entertainment music- classical, entertainment-artistic, artificial and non-artificial, enjoyment or commercial - particularly artistic, consumer or popular - artistic, small genres - large genres. Religious music - world, folk (ethnic) - artificial. Music considering the work - rather than not, improvised - composed. Manner of how music directly linked to extra-music life situations taking on in its for those incentives and steps. The overlap of those procedures into music for special listening such as so called characteristic of the genre. The importance of those linkages for program music and a wider framework of music linked to literature, drama, arts and other inspirations. Cases of genre changes of some compositions in relation to their use in new life functions for which they perhaps were not originally intended.

Basic eight level division of music genres:

I. connected to direct functions of human life (songs, dance, music for ceremonies and celebrations, for temple, epic songs or other verbal subjects, songs with movement such as marches, lullabies, worksongs and others.

II. growing from simple stylizations and possibly cyclical associations of compositions connected directly to a particular life, holding a „preconcert“ function

III. Instrumental manifestations or vocal particulars, virtuosity, movement, brilliance, singability (toccata, capriccio, esercizio, etude, concert piece, virtuose transcription, ricercar and fugues as composition virtuosity, solfege, concernt aria, chamber songs, and jazz virtuosity.

IV. ideas generalizing conflict events, carrying internal contrasting development (sonata cycles, various complex combined forms)

V. concert music genres linking virtuosity (playful moments) with conflict events (communication moments).

VI. genres of characteristic and program muisc.

VII. drama (theatre and film) music.

VIII. Special electro-acoustic music.

Recommended or required reading

Karel Janeček: Melodika, Praha 1956

Karel Janeček: Základy moderní harmonie, Praha 1965

Ladislav Burlas: Formy a druhy hudobného umenia, Bratislava 1962

Jaroslav Volek: Otázky taxonomie umění, Estetika VII/1970, 191-211 a 293-307, VIII/1971, 19-46 a 146-165

Jaroslav Jiránek a kolektiv: Dějiny české hudební kultury 1890-1945, Praha 1972

Assessment methods and criteria

Text is in preparation

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room TR1-4033
Učebna 4033 (HAMU-Tržiště 18)

(Tržiště 18, Praha 1)
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Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Thu 10:20–11:50 Jiřina DVOŘÁKOVÁ Učebna 4033 (HAMU-Tržiště 18)
Tržiště 18, Praha 1
lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

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