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Curricular Unit: Topics in History of Instrumental Music
Code: LCM012
Cientific Area: Musical Sciences

Learning Outcomes

> To promote a problematizing perspective of instrumental music and its understandings, based on the related social and cultural framework in different historical periods

> To know and characterize the process of aesthetic emancipation that lies in the origin of modern musical conceptions

> To understand the relevance of instrumental genres such as the Symphony and the Concert in the light of different Western social and cultural traditions

> To understand the implications of historiographic narrative about Music in the fields of production, interpretation and reception

> To know and characterize selected instrumental works from western musical repertoire


> Concepts and understandings of «instrumental music», throughout history

> Uses and functions of instrumental music until the Baroque period

> The transition to the paradigm of aesthetic emancipation of Art, in the late 18th century

> The institution of the public concert

> The emergence and consolidation of the modern orchestra

> The emancipation of the instrumental performer

> The romantic historiographical view on the most prominent orchestral genres (exp. Symphony, Concerto, Tone Poem)

> Other genres of instrumental music

> Political, religious and ideological orientations in the musical narrative

> Implications of Music historiography in artistic performance

Teaching Methodologies

The reduced number of students per class, allows a greater concentration in research work, to be carried out in groups or individually, according to the specific instrumental areas of each class. Depending on the themes or issues selected, work sessions will be planned throughout the semester. In parallel, those sessions will be reinforced by detailed lectures by the teacher, focusing on various fields of instrumental music and its formations, especially the orchestra.


> Identification and justification of a set of topics and case studies which are representative of Instrumental Music in the West

> Weekly follow-up of the research undertaken by the students

> Discussion in class of topics related to the case studies in question

> Hearing and visualization of support media, such as CDs, DVDs, printed materials and projections


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DAWE, K. (2003). The Cultural Study od Musical Instruments. In M. Clayton, T. Herbert e R. Middleton (Eds.), The Cultural Study of Music (pp. 274-283). Nova Iorque / Londres: Routledge.

HENRIQUE, L. (1988).Instrumentos musicais. Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

KARTOMI, M. J. (1990).On Concepts and Classifications of Musical Instruments.Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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

MONTAGU, J. (1979).The World of Baroque & Classical Musical Instruments. Newton Abbot: David & Charles.

MONTAGU, J. (1981). The World of Romantic & Modern Musical Instruments. Newton Abbot: David & Charles.

LIBIN, L. et al. (Eds.). (2015). The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (2ª ed., 5 vols.). Nova Iorque: Oxford University Press.

TRANCHEFORT, F-R. (1980). Les Instruments de Musique dans le Monde (2 vols.). Paris: Éditions du Seuil.

Teaching Staff
Rui Cabral Lopes