Performing Classical Music

Course code MUSI3142Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Creative Arts

Solo and ensemble performance study in at least two different styles c.1700-1780. Students in a wide range of instruments including voice may enrol. The course gives the opportunity for keyboard students to study harpsichord and/or fortepiano; baroque brass, etc. The course will involve detailed study, analysis and performance of works from the chosen periods or styles, including improvisation and continuo playing; and performance techniques specific to the aims of historically informed performance.

Available in 2015

Newcastle City PrecinctSemester 2
ObjectivesAt the conclusion of the course, students will be able to
* integrate historical style awareness in their performance
* apply principles from historical performance treatises
* distinguish national and period styles within the 18th century music
* apply this knowledge of commonly used repertoire areas as relevant to their principal instrument
* perform ensemble music of this period with appropriate style awareness
ContentThis course is presented as part of a proposal to consolidate student access to and experience in types of ensemble found especially in 17th and 18th century music. It will be taught by existing full time and fractional staff, and will make use of the collection of baroque instruments that has been built up at the Conservatorium over the years, and the extensive library collection in this field. The unit complements the academic elective, Performance Practice, from which it is distinct by the emphasis on practical performance.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeAn awareness of historical periods of music.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
JournalEnd of Semester
Short written submission or presentation reflecting aspects of performance research in the styles or genres which student is studying.
20% of final mark
Presentations - GroupStudent Performance:
Short recital involving an ensemble performance.
40% of total assessment
Presentations - IndividualStudent Performance:
Short recital, solo repertoire in a different style to the above; this may include the student's own ornamented version of a Da Capo aria or a slow movement of an approved work, in either notated or improvised form.
40% of total assessment

This assessment profile will ensure that students exhibit both an ability to learn historical perspective in the chosen style or genre, and an ability to conceptualize their understanding of the chosen style or genre in words.
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MUSI3142