HIPP Seminar 1 MUSIC5041

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course introduces MMus students in Historically Informed Performance Practice to the intellectual and scholarly fields in musicology that inform and support historical performance practice. These range from broad issues of culture and hermeneutics to details of source study and historical evidence for performance practice.


Weekly two-hour sessions

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to College at Masters level

Excluded Courses





Three equally-weighted 10-minute presentations each relating to a topic chosen from one of the four components of the course, supported by a script and a list of source references.

Course Aims

This course introduces students to the scholarly and intellectual foundations of historical performance practice, including historiography, hermeneutics and debates about performance practice; fundamentals and sources for historical performance of 17th-18th century repertories; notational methodology; study of the history, sources and performance circumstances of selected repertoire.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ engage with current debates in musicology relating to performance, historiography and interpretation.

■ make effective use of key historical sources for performance style in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

■ demonstrate an understanding of musical notation relevant for seventeenth and eighteenth century sources

■ apply scholarly and historical knowledge to selected repertoire.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.