From Lully to Boulez: Musical Life in Paris through the Centuries

Learning Objective
To give students an overview of the main political, cultural, financial and artistic factors that shaped the musical life in Paris from ca. 1600 until now, and to help the participants develop their research skills.

Course Description
We will cover a broad variety of topics about the evolution of musical life in Paris. In addition to the historical context, a diverse repertoire of music, by composers such as Rameau, Berlioz, Chopin, Debussy and Messiaen, will be discussed in the class. A common thread running through all sessions will be a reflection about the specific identity of Parisian and French classical music. The second half of the course will also include individual coaching, as a preparation for the lecture and paper.

Course details

teacher Michel Khalifa
term January-April 2023
method of instruction Group lessons (weekly), individual coaching.
readings Primary sources and academic papers will be provided during the course.
assessment Active participation based on weekly preparatory readings, short lecture (10-15 minutes), paper (2.000-2.500 words).
credits 5
related electivesBaroque Dance: Practice and Notation
  History of the Orchestra