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Undergraduate Course: Special History in Music: Bach's Instrumental Music (MUSI10074)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaMusic Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis 20-credit course is designed to consider in some detail the wide variety of J.S. Bach&s instrumental works (other than for solo keyboard): the concertos, including the Brandenburg Concertos as well as those for harpsichord(s), violin and others; the Orchestral Suites; instrumental chamber music including works for solo violin, flute and cello; sonatas with continuo and those with obbligato keyboard. Individual compositions will be studied in score, influences on the music (such as the Italian concerto form) will be investigated, performance practice issues will be considered, as well as what we know of the original performance situations and purposes for which the music was written.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesWill be looked at on an individual basis.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralSeminar1-5, 7-11 09:00 - 10:50
First Class Week 1, Friday, 09:00 - 10:50, Zone: Central. Lecture Room B, Alison House
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The students& knowledge of Bach&s industrious and extraordinary compositional activity will be increased, as will their understanding of the contexts in which these pieces were written. Their knowledge of the Italian concerto style and its fundamental significance in the first half of the eighteenth century will be enhanced; in some cases, performance issues will relate to music they themselves will encounter as executant musicians.
Assessment Information
Two c. 3000-word essays (weighting 40% each) and one presentation (20%); deadlines etc. to be the same as other Special History topics.
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description The aim of the course is to increase students& awareness of the range and quality of Bach&s music, and to introduce them to masterpieces in a variety of genres.
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Christoph Wolff Johann Sebastian Bach, the learned musician (Oxford University Press, 2000).
Davitt Moroney Bach; an extraordinary life (ABRSM Publishing, 2000)
Peter Williams The life of Bach (Cambridge University Press, 2004)
ed. Malcolm Boyd J.S. Bach Oxford Composer Companions (Oxford University Press, 1999).
ed. Hans David and Arthur Mendel, rev. Christoph Wolff The New Bach Reader (New York, Norton 1999).
ed. John Butt, The Cambridge Companion to Bach (Cambridge University Press, 1997).
David Ledbetter, Unaccompanied Bach: performing the solo works (Yale University Press, 2009).
Hans Vogt, Johann Sebastian Bach&s Chamber Music (Amadeus Press, 1981).
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsMusic, Bach, Instrumental, History
Contacts
Course organiserDr John Kitchen
Tel: (0131 6)50 2432
Email: J.Kitchen@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMr Brad Herbert
Tel: (0131 6)50 2422
Email: brad.herbert@ed.ac.uk
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