New for Spring 2012: MUSC 494

Thursday, November 10, 2011

MUS 494-01: Music and Faith, 3 credits, T/R 9:15-10:35, Camino 153

No prerequisite

The classical expression of the Christian faith is summed up in the historic creeds of the Church, which are regarded as important foundation documents in ecumenical dialogue. Where did they originate? What do they teach? And how is this belief expressed in worship, in text and music?

The course considers the origin of the creeds and the development of the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed of 381. It considers some of the key doctrines and beliefs expressed in the Creed. It then examines how these beliefs have been, and are, expressed in the public worship of the Churches, throughout Western music history. It looks at different settings of the Credo, from the Middle Ages to the Present, and examines how they and other musical settings give expression to the creedal beliefs.

Specific examples include medieval chant (Gregorian anonymous and Hildegard chant), Renaissance Mass (Josquin, Palestrina), Baroque Cantata and Mass (Telemann, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi), Pre-Classical  Mass, Motet and Cantata (Graun, CPE Bach, J.C. Bach), Viennese Classical Mass (Haydn, Mozart), Romantic Mass (Beethoven, Berlioz, Schubert, Brahms), 20th-century Masses (Faure, Bernstein), et al.

Listening, Contextual Reading, research Papers, Class Presentations, Concert  Visits. 


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