Goals and Definitions of Music History 120 Goals Goal 1: Developing focused and critical listening Subject of study: ? "Western Classical Music" A.k.a. "Western art music tradition" "Euro-American art music tradition". ? "Western Classical Canon": we will study several representative pieces of this body of masterworks Definitions 1. a "literate tradition" rooted in musical European musical composition. In this tradition, the written form is the basic means of transmission. (cf..."vernacular" traditions: e.g, folk music which is oral) 2. "classical" forms of composition (e.g., symphonies, operas, string quartets, etc.) are noted by where they are played (opera houses, church, symphony halls) what instruments are being preformed (piano, orchestra, etc).
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