Historical Performance

Master of Music

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Curriculum

Historical Performance, M.M. Master of Music

 

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  • Major Studies
    • Instrument 12 credits
    • Annual Jury 0 credit
    • 0 credit
      HIMUS 600 — Historical Performance Studio Class
      0 credit Full Year Robert Mealy and Faculty

       

      A departmental practicum in which students gain experience in the performance and presentation of solo and chamber music repertoire for an audience of their peers, under the guidance of the Historical Performance faculty. The class meets periodically throughout the academic year. Attendance required of all Historical Performance majors. 

       

       

  • Performance Ensembles*

     

    • 4 credits
      PFENS B611-2 — Juilliard415
      4 credits Full Year Robert Mealy and Guests

       

      Led by resident faculty and renowned guest conductors, intensive rehearsal periods culminate in frequent public performances of a wide range of 17th- and 18th-century instrumental and vocal music at Juilliard, around New York, and on national and international tour. Seating assignments are determined by the Historical Performance faculty and administration, based on biannual auditions, and take into account technical acuity, professionalism, dependability, collegiality, and level of experience. Required of all Historical Performance majors. Open by invitation to students taking Period Instrument Lessons for Modern Instrument Majors. 

       

    • 2 credits per semester
      CMENS B531-2 — Historical Performance Chamber Music
      2 credits per semester Fall and Spring Faculty

       

      Chamber music groups prepare for performance through biweekly rehearsals and coachings with Historical Performance faculty. Repertoire is based one of four national themes (Italy, Germany, France, and England) in successive semesters, with the goal that each student participates in two chamber music groups per semester, and performs at least once. Students may request specific faculty coaches and chamber music partners, and any combination of instruments is permitted, including, schedules permitting, the participation of singers and modern instrument students enrolled in period instrument lessons. Required of all Historical Performance Majors. 
       

       

       

  • Core Studies

     

    • 4 credits
      HIMUS 611-2 — History and Literature of 17th- and 18th- Century Music (Formerly Foundations I)
      4 credits Full Year Robert Mealy

       

      This course is an in-depth investigation into specific historical moments and national styles in Italy, Germany, France, and England from the 17th through the mid-18th centuries. As the course progresses through each country in turn, topics covered will include historical and cultural perspectives; genre studies; musical forms and structures; rhetoric; analytical methods and treatises; notation; improvisation and ornamentation; questions of historical temperament and pitch; and organology. The class provides a practical forum to address the various aspects of research, interpretation, analysis, and issues of style through performance. Required of all first-year Historical Performance majors. 

       

       

    • 2 credits
      HIMUS P611-2 — Historical Performance Symposium
      2 credits Fall and Spring Guest lecturers

       

      A symposium-style course in which esteemed scholars and performers address key topics in performance practice, often aligned with repertoire currently being performed by Juilliard415. Organized around the notion of national styles, each semester in the four-semester cycle focuses on a specific geographical region—Italy, France, Germany, and England. Classes include presentations and lectures by esteemed visiting artists and scholars and may include the study of treatises, ornamentation, improvisation, dance, art, and poetry. Required of all first- and second-year Historical Performance majors

       

  • Specialized Studies

     

    • 4 credits
      KSMUS B535-6 — Baroque Keyboard Skills
      4 credits Full Year Steve Laitz

       

      Theory and practice of realizing continuo parts in the music of the Baroque era, with a special emphasis on notation, clef reading, recitative accompaniment, and strategies for communicating effectively with your continuo players. Required of all non-harpsichord Historical Performance majors. Piano for Non-majors classes may be a prerequisite as a result of placement exam.

       

    • 4 credits
      KSMUS B635-6 — Continuo Skills in Context
      4 credits Full Year Avi Stein

       

      This course offers a historically-oriented approach to the technique and practice of continuo skills at the keyboard. Centered on the preparation of current concert programs, areas of focus include basso continuo accompaniment in chamber music, orchestra, and opera in various national styles; related treatises; working with facsimiles; clef reading; and realization and composition of complex harmonic progressions. Required of all Harpsichord majors. 

       

Total Credits 1st Year: 26-28

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  • Major Studies
    • Instrument 12 credits
    • Graduation Jury 0 credit
    • Recital 2 credits
    • 0 credit
      HIMUS 600 — Historical Performance Studio Class
      0 credit Full Year Robert Mealy and Faculty

       

      A departmental practicum in which students gain experience in the performance and presentation of solo and chamber music repertoire for an audience of their peers, under the guidance of the Historical Performance faculty. The class meets periodically throughout the academic year. Attendance required of all Historical Performance majors. 

       

       

  • Performance Ensembles*

     

    • 4 credits
      PFENS B611-2 — Juilliard415
      4 credits Full Year Robert Mealy and Guests

       

      Led by resident faculty and renowned guest conductors, intensive rehearsal periods culminate in frequent public performances of a wide range of 17th- and 18th-century instrumental and vocal music at Juilliard, around New York, and on national and international tour. Seating assignments are determined by the Historical Performance faculty and administration, based on biannual auditions, and take into account technical acuity, professionalism, dependability, collegiality, and level of experience. Required of all Historical Performance majors. Open by invitation to students taking Period Instrument Lessons for Modern Instrument Majors. 

       

    • 2 credits per semester
      CMENS B531-2 — Historical Performance Chamber Music
      2 credits per semester Fall and Spring Faculty

       

      Chamber music groups prepare for performance through biweekly rehearsals and coachings with Historical Performance faculty. Repertoire is based one of four national themes (Italy, Germany, France, and England) in successive semesters, with the goal that each student participates in two chamber music groups per semester, and performs at least once. Students may request specific faculty coaches and chamber music partners, and any combination of instruments is permitted, including, schedules permitting, the participation of singers and modern instrument students enrolled in period instrument lessons. Required of all Historical Performance Majors. 
       

       

       

  • Core Studies

     

    • 4 credits
      HIMUS 621-2 — Studies in Historical Performance
      4 credits Full Year David Schulenberg

       

      A continuation of HIMUS 611-2, focusing on the use of primary and secondary sources for the study of questions about historical performance. Students are introduced to early-music bibliography and research methods while considering practical issues that arise in the repertory that class members are currently studying or performing. Activities include the application of matter from period treatises to relevant repertories; study of historical instruments and performance venues; analysis and interpretation of major 17th- and 18th-century works; and creation of modern editions from early manuscript and printed sources, including items in the Juilliard Manuscript Collection. Required of all second-year Historical Performance majors. 

       

    • 2 credits
      HIMUS P611-2 — Historical Performance Symposium
      2 credits Fall and Spring Guest lecturers

       

      A symposium-style course in which esteemed scholars and performers address key topics in performance practice, often aligned with repertoire currently being performed by Juilliard415. Organized around the notion of national styles, each semester in the four-semester cycle focuses on a specific geographical region—Italy, France, Germany, and England. Classes include presentations and lectures by esteemed visiting artists and scholars and may include the study of treatises, ornamentation, improvisation, dance, art, and poetry. Required of all first- and second-year Historical Performance majors

       

  • Specialized Studies*

     

  • Graduate Courses*
    • GRMUS H600, T600 (as advised) 4 credits

Total Credits 2nd Year: 34-36

  • Students are evaluated on an individual basis for most departmental studies.

    Performance Ensembles comprise work in large and small ensembles as well as projects during the residencies of visiting artists, including master classes. A minimum of one year of Chamber Music is required.

    Graduate Courses: One from Core Seminars in Music History and one from Core Seminars in Music Theory.

     

 

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