341 Music of the Renaissance Era

An in-depth study of music literature and styles, ca. 1430-1600, with a focus on the role of music in the cultural, political, and ecclesiastical life of the time. Students investigate sacred music from Du Fay to Palestrina and Byrd, secular genres in France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, and the beginnings of independent instrumental music. In addition to lectures and discussion, students engage in listening, score analysis, and significant research and writing. Prerequisites: MUSIC 241 and MUSIC 242. Offered spring semester 2015-16 and alternate years.