The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Integrate historical style awareness in their performance

2. Apply principles from historical performance treatises

3. Distinguish national and period styles within the 18th century music

4. Apply this knowledge of commonly used repertoire areas as relevant to their principal instrument

5. Perform ensemble music of this period with appropriate style awareness


This 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.

Assumed knowledge

An awareness of historical periods of music.

Assessment items

Presentation: Presentations - Individual

Presentation: Presentations - Group

Journal: Journal