Western Art Music

Course Title

Western Art Music

Course Code


Type of Course

Mandatory, 5 hours/week, (3 theory + 2 workshop)

Course Level





6 (3+3)

Professor ( -s )


Learning Outcomes

A historical survey of the development of western art music. Aspects of forms and genres of western art music as well as music analysis skills

Teaching Approach

Interactive presentation/lecture that is supported by hearing and analysis of selected music samples used as examples taken from an associated Western Art Music repertoire.

Prerequisite Courses


Recommended Courses in the Curriculum

Aesthetics and Pedagogy - Music Ensembles IV
Didactics of the Instrument - Performance VII
Auditory Culture
Theory of Traditional Music I - Performance I
History and Civilizations
Historical Documentation and Music Research
Art Music Composers
Methodology of Research
Music Pedagogy I - II
New Hellenism: Political History, Ideology and Legislation

Course Content

Α brief historical survey of the main schools and trends in western classical music. Gregorean Chant. The School of Notre Dame. Western European music of the Middle Ages. Music Renaissance (Italy, France, Germany, England, Spain). Baroque (vocal music, opera, orchestral music). Major composers of the Baroque period (and pre-classical period). Classical period (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven)  Romantic period (composers, forms, instrumental ensembles). Romantic opera. French impressionism. Late romanticism. National Schools. The case of Igor Stravinsky. The case of Bela Bartok. Expressionism in  music the second School of Vienna. New trends. Minimalism. Jazz music. Rock music. Computer music. 

Functional morphology through aural analysis of the main musical forms of western art music. Motet, Madrigal, Concerto Grosso, Suite, fuga, Canon, Sonata, Classical concerto, Symphonic poem. Programmatic music, Opera, open-free forms.

Recommended Bibliography

Burkholder J. Peter, Grout D. J.,  Palisca C. V., Α History of Western Music, W. W. Norton & Company; Eighth Edition, 2009

Dahlhaus Carl, Nineteenth-Century Music, University of California Press, 1991

Dahlhaus Carl, Between Romanticism and Modernism: Four Studies in the Music of the Later Nineteenth Century, University of California Press, 1989

Rosen Charles, The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, W. W. Norton & Company, 1998

Samson Jim, The Cambridge History of Nineteenth-Century Music, Cambridge University Press, 2001

Taruskin Richard, Oxford History of Western Music, Oxford University Press, USA 2009

Learning Exercises

Home hearing and analysis of music examples from the indicative discography given in class.

Teaching Methods

The lesson is based on a tripartite teaching, with the participation of students in conversation.

Criteria and Methods of evaluation

Written examinations at the end of the semester. The comprehension of all matters related to the study of traditional music culture (theory), as well as the ability of detailed presentation of music idioms (workshop).

Teaching Language