History of Music: Antiquity to 1300 - 2nd semester


a) General knowledge about the most relevant aspects of the earliest documented music, until c. 1300;
b) Appreciation of the historical dimension of artistic production and the questions it arises;
c) Awareness of the main threads of musical change during the timeframe considered;
d) Access to adequate modes of hearing and evaluation of selected pieces composed in this period;
e) Autonomy in pursuing updated bibliographical treatment of particular subjects within the programme.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Manuel Pedro Ferreira


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





Duffin, R. W. (Ed.) (2000). A Performer´s Guide to Medieval Music. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
Hoppin, R. H. (1978). Medieval Music. New York: W. W. Norton. Trad. esp.: (2000). La música medieval. Madrid: Alianza.
Jones, C. et al. (1978). The Study of Liturgy. New York: Oxford University Press.
Manniche, L. (1991). Music and musicians in ancient Egypt. London: British Museum Press.
Mathiesen, T. (1999). Apollo´s Lyre. Greek Music and Music Theory in Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
Michels, U. (1977). Atlas zur Musik, 2 vols. München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag. Trad. port.: (2003, 2007). Atlas de Música, 2 vols. Lisboa: Gradiva, 2000. Consulta pontual.
Sadie, S. & Tyrrell J. (Eds.) (2001). The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Consulta pontual.
West, M. L. (1992). Ancient Greek Music. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Teaching method

60% of theoretical exposition and 40% of practical discussion. Musical examples, orally commented upon. Additional bibliographical resources online (Moodle platform) regularly referred to.

Evaluation method

Assessment is based on two written tests (mid- and end of semester, each covering half of the programme) and an optional written paper on a freely chosen topic. Each test has 50% weight in the final grade. If the student wishes to write also a paper, all three elements will have the same weight.

Subject matter

Music in Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt. Music in the GreekRoman world (rhythm and metrical feet, harmonic genera, notation, etc.). Broad view of the historical evolution of liturgical music in the Mediterranean. Musical notation in the East and in the West (theoretical traditions, the origin of Western neumes and Byzantine symbols, regional variation). Expansion of the liturgical musical opportunities in the West: trope and sequence. Liturgical drama. Latin song (scholars and goliards). The European troubadour movement in langue d´oc, langue d´ouïl and Germanic dialects. Early organum. Polyphony in Aquitaine and the Codex Calixtinus. The \"school\" of Notre Dame in Paris. The motet. Mensural notations. GalicianPortuguese troubadours. The Cantigas de Santa Maria in their Iberian cultural context.


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