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160057 PS Sources of Secular Polyphony between 15th and 16th Centuries (2015S)

Continuous assessment of course work


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max. 30 participants
Language: German



Freitags, 12:30-14:00, HS 2, Institut für Musikwissenschaft
1. Termin: 06.03.2015
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Aims, contents and method of the course

The PS aims at examining the main sources of secular franco-flemish polyphony produced during the 15th and the early 16th centuries. The principal manuscripts and prints will be considered and discussed in detail in respect of their internal organization, provenance, cultural environment of their origin and repertory. A further goal of the PS is moreover the investigation of the main forms of secular polyphony of this age, together with the most significant composers and their activity.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students will be encouraged to present short exposés in the course of the PS. These should stimulate a lively exchange within the classroom, all of which should concretize itself in a written work at the end of the semester.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

At the end of the course the students should have been made familiar with the main problems of sources studies for the late medieval and the early Renaissance period. A further objective is knowledge of the main protagonists of late medieval "chanson" and their work in relation to the musical and the poetic forms.

Examination topics

The course material will be offered in the form of PowerPoint presentations. It will be striven, whenever possible, to examine the sources directly, either as physical copies/facsimiles or as digital reproductions. The musico-poetic forms will be exemplified and discussed with the students via recordings - when extant - and modern musical editions, but always side by side with the mensural originals.

Reading list

- Hans Schoop, Entstehung und Verwendung der Handschrift Oxford Bodleian Library, Canonici misc. 213, Bern, u.a.: Haupt (1971);
- David Fallows (ed.), Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Canon. Misc. 213 (Faks.), Chicago: University of Chicago Press (1995);
- Wolfgang Rehm (Hg.), Chansonnier, Biblioteca del Monasterio El Escorial / Signatur: Ms. V.III.24 (Faks.), Kassel: Bärenreiter (1958);
- Reinhard Strohm, The Rise of European Music, 1380-1500, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (1993), particularly the chapters and sections devoted to the chanson;
- Clemens Goldberg, Das Chansonnier Laborde. Studien zur Intertextualität einer Liederhandschrift des 15. Jahrhunderts, Frankfurt a.M: Lang (1997);
- David Fallows, Dufay, London: Dent (1987);
- The digital reproductions of the chansonniers Mellon, Laborde, Köbnhavn und Wolfenbüttel in: http://www.undoulxregard.org/chansonniers/index.html.
- Further literature will be indicated in the course of the PS, as the case may be.

Association in the course directory

B03 (vor 1600), B07, B08, B09, B15

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