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Unformatted text preview: MUS 308F Handel Fall term, 2006 Welcome to Mus 308. This is a music course for non­music majors. Although many students will have a musical background, it is also possible to take this course if you have little or no musical training. Musical terms will be explained carefully, and although you will come to grips with the essential musical features of the assigned works, there will be an emphasis on historical and cultural issues. The focus of the course is the composer George Frideric Handel (1685­1759). He was a native German who spent time in Italy and settled finally in England. As we look at his life and works, we will consider ways in which he represents different national cultures. His works exemplify the Baroque culture of the time, and also to some extent embody the more modern ideals of the Age of Reason. We will have occasion to mention other composers of the period, and the topics for the research essay will afford opportunities to bring music by other composers into your work. Contact Information Professor Mary Ann Parker Edward Johnson Building, Room 226 80 Queen's Park Crescent Office hours: T11, W3 phone 946­0647 e mail <> Course Materials 1. Reading The textbook is Donald Burrows, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Handel, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997. It is available at a cost of around $30 at the Bob Miller Book Room, 180 Bloor Street West (Lower Concourse). Additional readings will appear on this website. 2. Listening Almost all of the listening examples are available in the Naxos Music Library. This is an electronic resource accessible through the University of Toronto Libraries. You should already be able to access electronic resources from home with your library card number and a PIN. If not, please learn this easy process immediately; you will need it for this course, and it will likely help you with all your other courses. Make sure early in the term that your computer has the necessary software for you to listen to the pieces at home. You do not want to be sending me emergency messages the night before the test, saying you can't get the listening! Also, do not try to do all 2 your listening right before the test, as the server gets busy and it is not always possible to log on when you need to. The examples from the opera Giulio Cesare will be available on the website. If you prefer, or if you cannot access Naxos, you have the options of buying recordings (the Naxos ones are inexpensive, but there are often better performances on other labels) or going to the Music Library and listening to the music there. 3. Lecture Notes A day or two before each class, the essential point­form outline of the lecture will appear on the website. You may find it convenient to add spaces for your own notes and print out the outline for use in the lecture. This and other materials on the website do not constitute a substitute for attendance at lectures. My own notes are not available to you, as I make them for myself and I do not write down all the details you would need. (After all, I've been a Handel specialist for some 25 years!) I do not approve of students taping my lectures, and I ask you not to do so. From time to time, we will watch documentary films about Handel and his times. Evaluation The course requires essay­writing in everycomponent. Essays and essay answers on tests will be marked in accordance with standard practices in the Humanities. Style and grammar are a significant element. There is no final examination. The mark will be derived as follows: Short written assignment 15% Test #1 25% Test #2 25% Research essay 35% Both the short assignment and the research essay must be handed in on the due date in hard copy, and also submitted to by 11:59 pm on the same day. Please register now on, so that you will not encounter technical problems at the last minute. The password is "parker308" and the class id# is 1600511. "Normally, students will be required to submit their course essays to for a review of 3 textual similarity and detection of possible plagiarism. In doing so, students will allow their essays to be included as source documents in the reference database, where they will be used solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. The terms that apply to the University's use of the service are described on the web site." Schedule September 13 Introduction 20 Chamber Music 27 Italy – Cantata and Church Music October 4 Short Paper Due Keyboard Music 11 Water Music 18 Test # 1 25 Acis and Galatea November 1 Giulio Cesare 8 Coronation Anthems and Origins of English Oratorio 15 Saul 22 Research Essay Due Organ Concertos and Opus 6 Concertos 29 Test #2 December 6 Messiah Tests and essays returned ...
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