SYLLABUS 

History 10 - The Middle Ages to the The Classical Era

 

Instructor - Andrew James Clark - www.andrewjamesclark.ca

 

This survey course introduces students to the earliest notated examples of western art music and provides the vocabulary needed to discuss such musical styles and topics. Students will learn to summarize stylistic traits of various historical eras, observe how composers interacted with society, and discover the overarching musical patterns and developments which have lead us to now. A substantial amount of new terminology and their definitions must be committed to memory. 

 

GREGORIAN CHANT 
The Earliest Surviving Melodies of the Church 
and the origin of Western Art Music

THE NOTRE DAME SCHOOL
The Earliest form of Polyphony
and the Musica Enchiriadis 

CHANSON
The First Notated Secular Songs 

THE POLYTEXTUAL MOTET
A Combination of Sacred and Secular
Music and Poetry.

MEDIEVAL INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
Dance Music and Medieval Instruments

GUILLAUME DE MACHAUT 
Composed the first motivically unified Mass
Championed the Ars Nova Style