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possible questionsEarly music up to 1600The scope and meaning of the term “Western art music”
Medieval period (c.1100–1450); sacred and secular contexts for music
Renaissance period (c.1450–1600); intellectual aspects of the Renaissance
Medieval church music; chant traditions; Hildegard of Bingen
Later developments in church music: Notre Dame polyphony, Josquin, Palestrina
Basic categories of medieval instruments and some examples
The estampie and characteristics of medieval instrumental music
Role of secular songs; troubadours; chansons
Text painting in the madrigal
Module 5: Baroque musicBaroque period (c.1600–1750); general characteristics including importance of drama and emotion
Invention of baroque opera; establishment of opera theaters; virtuoso singers; Monteverdi
Rise of the orchestra
Baroque concertos; Vivaldi and Bach
Baroque sonatas
Harpsichord music
Importance of ornamentation and improvisation in baroque music
Figured bass and baroque keyboard improvisation
Module 6: Classical musicClassical period (c.1750–1815); general principles of classicism; the Enlightenment
Haydn’s career
Mozart’s career; implications of comparison between Haydn and Mozart
Haydn and the string quartet
Increasing importance of modulation and form
Development of the symphony
The classical orchestra
Piano music in the home
Module 7: Early 19th centuryBeethoven’s place in music history
Outline of his career (early, middle, and late periods of composition)
Importance of Beethoven’s Symphony No.5
Changes that Beethoven made to the 18th-century symphony

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