Prof. Greg Petersen (aka Greg/Prof Greg)
Office Location: YSTCM: Studio 16 (3rd fl near the lifts)
Office Hours: In my office by 9am-5pm unless in class or a meeting (you can always set up an appointment)
Office Phone: (65) 6516-3363
Today’s most widely-known, international concert repertoire is primarily made up of 18th-, 19th-, and early 20th-century European and North American composers and their music. This module presents a look, listen, and study of their music and legacy focusing on two parallel movements in the European tradition: the classical, rococo, galante, emfindsamer stil, and neo-classical; and sturm und drang, romantic, and neo-romantic. The focus of learning in this course is through primary source materials. (Non-conservatory students that can read music are invited to enrol in this course as free elective.)
In this course we want students to be more fully aware of the historical roots of these two musical traditions. This course at some universities is taught as two different courses: one on Classical period music and another on Romantic period music. However, since the foundations of both are in the 18th century, and both continue into the 20th century, it is beneficial for the students’ understanding of music to see these as parallel movements running side by side for almost 200 years.
- Accurately interpret historical writings on music.
- Differentiate between the various evolutions of the different movements. For example, the difference between the French rococo in Versailles, the galante around Paris, and the empfindsamer stil in Germany.
- Infer the relationship between music and society, historically and in the present.
- Summarize the role of the historical composer and musician in history, and in the present.
- Synthesize historical knowledge into a present context.
- Evaluate and demonstrate historical performance practices.
- Be able to contextualise the historical trajectory of music from this era through three questions:
- Why was the music written?
- Why should someone learn to perform the music?
- Why should anyone listen to this music?
- Comprehension: To what extent do you know and understand the basic meaning and significance of the information?
- Analysis: To what extent do you recognize the various components of the information and their relationships?
- Evaluation: To what extent do you understand the validity and value of the information?
- Inference: To what extent are you able to make decisions based on your Analysis and Evaluation?
Absences and Late Work
- You are responsible for the material assigned and covered in class. If you miss class, it is not my responsibility to give you a personal class. Students wishing to discuss missed discussions with me must first meet with two classmates and bring your notes with you to be used as discussion points.
- Late work will not be accepted without official documentation. Students failing to do so will receive a “0″ grade for the missing work.
- NUS publications, guidelines, and consequences govern all matters pertaining to academic integrity.
- Please see the documents listed in the Student Handbook and the eModule on Plagiarism.
I reserve the right to give you your own personal curve using the following two rules:
- “Constancy over aberration.” (I reserve the right to average out the peaks and valleys in your performance.)
- “Speed isn’t everything, direction counts.” (For students who struggle to catch on to the teaching/learning style used in this course, but put in a good effort and make significant improvement, I reserve the right to weigh the end of the semester more heavily than the beginning of the semester.)
You will be assigned a final grade based on your total score at the end of the semester using the NUS grading scale and curve.
- Week 1: Introduction
- Week 2: The 18th Century
- Week 3: The 19th Century
- *Better Presentations
- *High Impact Presentations
- Week 4: The 18th Century as a Musical Period
- Week 5: Rococo and Galant
- Week 6: Origins of the Classical Style
- Week 7: Classical Expression, Topics, and Dances
- Week 8: The 18th-century Musician in Society
- Week 9: Neoclassicisms
- Week 10: Introduction to the musical Sturm und Drang
- Week 11: The roots of Romanticism
- Week 12: The Romantic World
- Week 13: Romanticism in the 20th century: A Korngold and Mendolssohn case study