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Curricular Unit: Brief History of Music
Code: LCM006
Cientific Area: Musical Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Essentially, this course will:

> Promote the acquisition, systematization and renewal of knowledge about the different periods of the History of Western Music;

> Establish relations between the theoretical subjects andthe aural recognition of musical genres, forms and styles;

> Provide opportunities for the development of research skills and critical analysis of information;

> Encourage the discovery of links between the different periods of the History of Western Music, in order to stimulate the individual awareness of cultural heritage and, thus, contribute to a full education accomplishment.


The course will offer students a conceptual map of musical styles, composers and practices by introducing them to a wide chronological range of repertories, from earlymusic to music of the twentieth century. It will also emphasize questions of change, interaction and transmission through the study of specific genres and repertories in their historical context. Lectures will be designed around major reportorial moments (e.g. Stravinsky in1910) or problems (e.g. the post-Beethovenian symphony), to bring together questions of form, style, performing practice and historical context.

Teaching Methodologies

> Lectures on the theoretical subjects based on key bibliography;

> Critical reading of selected texts with extended discussion in class focusing on thecourse topics;use and discussion of additional supporting materials, such as CDs, DVDs, journal essays and on-screen presentations.

> Suggestions for further reading and listening posted on Moodle with guidelines as appropriate.


BURCKOLDER, J. P., GROUT, D. J. e PALISCA, CLAUDE V. (2019) .A History of Western Music. Nova Iorque / Londres: Norton.

CASTELO-BRANCO, S. (Ed.). (2012). Enciclopédia da Música em Portugal (4 vols). Lisboa:Círculo de Leitores.

CYMBRON, L., e BRITO, C. (1992).História da Música Portuguesa. Lisboa: Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda.

HARPER-SCOTT, J.P.E.,e SAMSON, J.(Eds.). (2009). An introduction to Music Studies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

LOPES, R.C. (2008). Apontamentos de metodologia para pesquisa em Música: ensaio escrito, recensão crítica, referenciação bibliográfica. Lisboa: s. e.[texto policopiado].

LOPES, R.R. (Ed.). 2019). Resumo das normas de referenciação da American Psychological Association (APA, 6ª ed.). Lisboa, s. e. [texto policopiado],

NERY, R. V., CASTRO, P. F. (1991).História da Música. Lisboa: Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda.

SADIE, S., TYRELL J. (Eds). (2001). The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2ª ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Formato preferencial: Grove Music Online (, em permanente atualização.]

TARUNSKIN, R. (2010). The Oxford History of Western Music (5 vols.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

WEISS, P. e Taruskin, R. (Eds.). (2008). Music in the Western World. A History in Documents (2ª ed.). Belmont: Schirmer Cengage Learning.

TARUSKIN, R. (2010). The Oxford History of Western Music. Nova Iorque: Oxford University Press.

Teaching Staff
Rui Cabral Lopes (regent)