Undergraduate Course: Special History in Music: Bach's Instrumental Music (MUSI10074)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.
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.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Will be looked at on an individual basis.
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| 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.
|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).
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Music, Bach, Instrumental, History
|Course organiser||Dr John Kitchen
Tel: (0131 6)50 2432
|Course secretary||Mr Brad Herbert
Tel: (0131 6)50 2422