Theory and Practice of Ancient Music – Field of study catalogue MU
Theory and Practice of Ancient Music
This study department is focused to the theory of music performance of early music and its practical aplications. Circa the two thirds of study content consist of lectures and seminars (music theory of early music, paleography, rhetorics, conterpoint, ornamentation and diminution, basso continuo etc.). The rest are individual practical instrumental or vocal lessons led by lecturers according to individual specializations (singing, viola da gamba, lute, flauto traverso, recorder, harpsichord, gregorian chant), ensemble playing and specialized workshops. The proportion between theoretical disciplines and practical subjects coming-out of the necessity of interdisciplinary aproach to the interpretation of early music.
Upon successful completion of the study will be graduate able to have an understanding of the early music issues: period performance practices, ornamentation and diminution, period instruments and their intonations, historical concepts of style in music etc. He will be able to analyze: score in terms of musical rhetoric; musical form with special emphasis on tempo and metrum; notation systems, basso continuo part etc. All the theoretical issues will graduate apply in active performance on period instruments according to individual specialization (singing, lute, violin, traverso, recorder, viola da gamba, harpsichord).
Graduation form consists of thesis, final exams and absolutorium concert. Graduate demostrates their expertise of the field (ability of scientific writing - thesis, and of academical discussion - final exam) and high level of performance (absolutorium concert).