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Vol. 1 Index

Designed to accompany Music History I, Antiquity to 1680.

Largely written from August to November 2020; revised January 2021.

0. Why this site? Why now? August 17th, 2020.

Part I: The ancient Mediterranean

1. Finding a starting point: approaching the study of music in antiquity. August 17, 2020.

2. Uncovering the music of ancient Egypt. August 20, 2020.

3. Greek theory and notation, and their relevance for us today. August 24, 2020.

4. Explaining music’s power: music and philosophy in Greco-Roman culture. August 25, 2020.

5. Chant and notation. January 14, 2021.

Part II: The early Medieval period

6. Medieval Catholic liturgy in context. September 16, 2020.

7. The church modes in practice. September 17, 2020.

8. Polyphony emerges in the written record. September 23, 2020.

9. Arabic music before 1000 CE. September 30, 2020.

10. Iberia as a meeting ground for Muslim and Christian musics. September 30, 2020.

11. Secular music in the European traditions. October 7, 2020.

Part III: Sacred and secular polyphony

12. The development of the motet, or how polyphony stopped being exclusively religious. October 7, 2020.

13. Music in the Ars Nova. October 15, 2020.

14. The idea of the “Renaissance.” October 15, 2020.

15. The Renaissance mass. October 23, 2020.

16. The Reformation. October 23, 2020.

Part IV: Toward the Baroque

17. Vocal genres in the Renaissance. October 29, 2020.

18. Some sixteenth-century musicians. October 30, 2020.

19. Ground basses and monody. November 5, 2020.

20. The second practice and new approaches to dramatic music. November 5, 2020.

21. The new style spreads. November 13, 2020.

22. The cantata and sonata. November 13, 2020.

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