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English seventeenth-century keyboard music will be studied from a number of perspectives. Students are introduced to manuscript sources of the music, the editorial principles underlying several approaches to modern editions of the repertoire, and the relation between composer, scribe and performer. The traditional notion of the period in the mid-century being a 'transition' between the music of the so-called virginalist school and that of Purcell and his contemporaries will be challenged by examining whether the repertoire should be regarded as functional or autonomous. Pieces by representative composers will be introduced in relation to genre distinctions, and especially instrumental designation. Elements of performance practice, such as the interpretation of ornament signs and early fingering, will be covered through practical sessions.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||30 credits (15 ECTS credits)|
This course involves a study of keyboard music mainly by William Byrd and his contemporaries, and examines the way keyboard music was used in the home by amateur players. As well as studying repertoire by named composers, it covers the contexts in which such music was played, the instruments it was played upon and aspects of performance practice. It combines musicological exploration with a practical element: students of all levels of keyboard proficieny from beginner to advanced will have the opportunity to learn from playing.
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Essay of 3,000 words (70%).
Feedback on the essay will include detailed annotations to the script made either electonically (using Turnitin and My Aberdeen) or by hand. In addition, each student will have a short one-to-one tutorial where they can respond to the feedback in discussion with the marker.
Feedback on the scholarly edition will be by means of annotation to the work, and for those choosing the performance assessment, a feedback form will be completed.