Major Trends in the History of Music


The student should:

a) develop methodological and conceptual skills in the area of the History of Western Music;

b) gain an overview of the principal issues, stylistic tendencies, personalities, institutions and musical genres of the History of Music;

c) earn the ability to contextualise the main musical phenomena of the different periods studied, from a historical, sociological and ideological perspective;

d) be aware of the principal musical repertoires of the various periods of the History of Music.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Zuelma Paula Miranda Duarte Chaves


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



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COSTA, Jorge (coord.) (2015). Olhares sobre a história da música em Portugal. Vila do Conde: Verso da História.

BURKHOLDER, J. Peter, GROUT, Donald Jay & PALISCA, Claude V. (2019). A History of Western Music (10th edition). New York: WW Norton & Co.

MICHELS, Ulrich (2003/2007). Atlas de Música, 2 vols. Lisboa: Gradiva.

SADIE, Stanley (2000). The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition. London: Macmillan Publishers.

TARUSKIN, Richard (2009). The Oxford History of Western Music (5 vol.). New York: Oxford University Press.

TREITLER, Leo (1997). Strunk's Source Readings in Music History. New York: WW Norton & Co.

Teaching method

60% theoretical classes; 40% practical classes. Combination of theoritical exposition, discussion and analysis of historical documents, musicological texts and musical works, including commented auditions, and in which discussion with the students is encouraged. The syllabus is made up essentially of two cycles of lessons that mutually support and reinforce each other: 1. The periods; 2. People and places. In-class teaching.

Evaluation method

Avaliação - Individual research project(50%), Participation(10%), Two written tests (20% + 20%)(40%)

Subject matter

Questions of periodisation in the History of Western Music from the Middle Ages to the Present. Constants in the analysis of musical phenomena down the ages. Specific aspects of culture and musical life in the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods and the 20th and 21st centuries. Stylistic and formal questions during the various periods. Contextualisation of the main musical phenomena of the different periods studied, from a historical, sociological and ideological perspective.


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