This course is a brief survey of the history of western music from the Middle Ages to 1750. As an introductory course to the history of early western music, this session is comprised of two parts. In the first part, we will focus on studying and introducing the fundamental elements and features of musical sound in order to build a common vocabulary for exploring and appreciating various styles of music-making in the history of western music. In this part, musical elements and concepts such as rhythm, pitch, melody, scale, harmony, texture, form, genre, and style will be introduced and discussed. In part two, we will study different musical styles by looking at the ways in which music was created and experienced in early historical periods including the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque. A main goal of the course is to help you recognize characteristics of musical styles in different historical periods through familiarity with leading examples from the repertory of western music. Also, you will learn more about the historical, social, political, intellectual, and cultural contexts in which composers created their works.
Morteza Abedinifard defended his PhD in Musicology at the U of A in March 2021. In his PhD dissertation, he explored manifestations of musical autonomy in European musical thought in the decades leading up to and following 1800 by examining the conceptual shifts in the music-world relationship. He holds a BA in English, an MA in Philosophy of Art (both in Iran), and a second MA in Philosophy (University of Alberta). His interests include European music history, musical subjectivity, philosophy of music, conceptual history, and Persian classical music. From September 2021 he will be teaching music history at Douglas College in New Westminster.