MUS 136(S) Music in the Baroque Era

This course will survey the history of European art music from the early-seventeenth century to the middle of the eighteenth. We will consider the emergence and development of several musical genres, including (but not limited to) the cantata, oratorio, instrumental suites and concertos, and opera. In addition to tracing musical changes, we will also discuss the social, cultural, and intellectual trends that influenced these changes. Composers whose works will be considered include Monteverdi, Purcell, Couperin, Lully, Schutz, Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Handel, Bach. Evaluation will be based on two short quizzes, two short writing assignments, and a final exam.