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Music of the Classical Period

Code: 100641 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2500240 Musicology OB 2 2
The proposed teaching and assessment methodology that appear in the guide may be subject to changes as a result of the restrictions to face-to-face class attendance imposed by the health authorities.


Jordi Rifé Santaló

Use of Languages

Principal working language:
catalan (cat)
Some groups entirely in English:
Some groups entirely in Catalan:
Some groups entirely in Spanish:


1.Have a general knowledge of the History of Music, Art and Philosophy.

2.Have consolidated the bases of Harmony, Contrpunto and Musical Forms.

Objectives and Contextualisation

The course seeks to describe and explain the development of music and the musical phenomenon from the end of the last Baroque until the early decades of the XIX century. Therefore, it will be a contextualized journey through the most important composers, forms, genres, instruments and theories that make up the musical style of the music of the classical and musical classicism.


  • Critically analyse musical works from any of the points of view of the discipline of musicology.
  • Developing critical thinking and reasoning and communicating them effectively both in your own and other languages.
  • Identify and compare the different channels of reception and consumption of music in society and in culture in each period.
  • Know and understand the historical evolution of music, its technical, stylistic, aesthetic and interpretative characteristics from a diachronic perspective.
  • Relate concepts and information from different humanistic, scientific and social disciplines, especially the interactions which are established between music and philosophy, history, art, literature and anthropology.
  • Relate knowledge acquired to musical praxis, working with musicians through the analysis and contextualisation of different repertoires, both related to historical music and to the different manifestations of contemporary music.
  • Students must be capable of applying their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional way and they should have building arguments and problem resolution skills within their area of study.
  • Students must be capable of communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.
  • Students must have and understand knowledge of an area of study built on the basis of general secondary education, and while it relies on some advanced textbooks it also includes some aspects coming from the forefront of its field of study.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analysing ideas about an artistic phenomenon in a given cultural context.
  2. Analysing the creators of an artistic phenomenon in a specific cultural context.
  3. Analysing the recipients of an artistic phenomenon in a specific cultural context.
  4. Apply the conceptualisation of philosophy, history, literature and anthropology to musical research.
  5. Consider the subject as a whole and identify the context in which the processes studied are inscribed and their interrelationship with the elements and factors that are involved in their sociohistorical development.
  6. Contextualise musical works in their hsitorical and cultural setting from a critical perspective.
  7. Correctly identify the essential repertoire and the main composers of each historical period.
  8. Critically identify the different orientations of musical praxis that musicians apply to the music of each hsitorical period.
  9. Define the processes of periodisation and stylistic classification and usual typology in the historical conceptualisation of the musical fact.
  10. Identify and critically place different musical typologies in their historical periods.
  11. Identify phenomena of the circulation of ideas in music proficiency.
  12. Identify the complexity of music reception processes.
  13. Identifying the context of the historical processes.
  14. Identifying the main and secondary ideas and expressing them with linguistic correctness.
  15. Identifying the specific methods of history and their relationship with the analysis of particular facts.
  16. Integrate knowledge acquired in the production of clear and concise appropriate to the academic and specialist communication.
  17. Interpret the most important theoretical texts of each period.
  18. Interrelate technological and scientific changes in each period with the creation and reception of music.
  19. Link the periods of the history of music to periods of the history of art, in their similarities and differences.
  20. Present knowledge about the history, art or other cultural movements.
  21. Produce correct, precise and clear argumental and terminological writing of knowledge acquired, both in the area of musical specialisation and dissemination.
  22. Recognise in musical praxis element of different cultures and different historical periods.
  23. Solve problems of a methodological nature in the area of musicology.
  24. Use specific vocabulary of history correctly.
  25. Use the vocabulary of musicology related to each period of history.


  1. The musical preclassicism. Characteristics. Chronology and location. Galant style and Empfindsamkeit. The Mannheim School. C.P.E. Bach and the Sturm und Drang. Vienna, Berlin, Paris and pre-classical symphism. Sonata and Sonata principle. Italy: Pergolesi, Sammartini and Jommelli. Spain: Scarlatti, A. Soler, Els Pla, Boccherini and Nebra.
  2. The classicism. Concept. Characteristics of Timbric: the consolidation of the orchestra, the fusion timbre; The clarinet and pianoforte. Formal characteristics: melody and harmony; the sonata structure; The symphony and quartets. Aesthetic Aspects (Enlightenment and music), sociological (the social condition of musician) and historical (of enlightened despotism in the French Revolution).
  3. F.J. Haydn and W.A. Mozart. Haydn and the consolidation of the Classicism: the symphony, the chamber music and the Concert. The oratorios: the creation and the seasons. Haydn and Spain. Religious music: Masses. Mozarti the contribution to the classicism: symphonies, sonatas, concerts and quartets. The Mozart Opera: Opera seria, comic and Singspiel. Religious music: Requiem, Masses and motets.
  4. L.V. Beethoven. The classicism enL. V. Beethoven. Symphonies. String Quartets. The sonatas.
  5. Non-Germanic classicism. France (C.T. Gluck), Italy (Paisiello, Cimarosa) and Spain (V. Martí i Soler, C. Baguer and C. Arriaga).


The content of the subject will be developed through master classes. Also, the analytical commentary of musical works and commented auditions.

Training activities: Directed: Analysis of musical works. Comment of hearing. Supervised: Contextualized identification of the styles and aesthetics of musical classicism.

In the event that cannot developed presencial classes, will be by on line.

Annotation: Within the schedule set by the centre or degree programme, 15 minutes of one class will be reserved for students to evaluate their lecturers and their courses or modules through questionnaires.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Analysis of musical works 37 1.48 2, 1, 21, 11, 13, 15, 16
Comment of hearing 50 2 2, 1, 21, 11, 7, 8, 13, 15, 10, 16
Type: Supervised      
Contextualized identification of the styles and aesthetics of musical classicism 60 2.4 3, 4, 5, 9, 12, 11, 20, 13, 15, 14, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 19



1. Thematic development review (50%)

2. Examination of analysis of musical works (25%)

3. Examination of comment of musical hearing (25%)

To overcome the assignature must have approved the three parts separately.

At the re-appraisal, fixed by the Faculty, the student will have to examine the part or the suspended parts.


In the event of a student committing any irregularity that may lead to a significant variation in the grade awarded to an assessment activity, the student will be given a zero for this activity, regardless of any disciplinary process that may take place. In the event of several irregularities in assessment activities of the same subject, the student will be given a zero as the final grade for this subject.

The examinations will only be reviewed in person. A non-evaluable student will be considered a non-evaluable student when he has not taken any exams.

In the event that tests or exams cannot be taken onsite, they will be adapted to an online format made available through the UAB’s virtual tools (original weighting will be maintained). Homework, activities and class participation will be carried out through forums, wikis and/or discussion on Teams, etc. Lecturers will ensure that students are able to access these virtual tools, or will offer them feasible alternatives.



Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Examination of analysis of musical works 25% 0.75 0.03 2, 3, 1, 21, 6, 7, 8, 10, 16, 22, 23, 24, 25
Examination of comment of musical hearing 25% 0.75 0.03 2, 3, 1, 21, 6, 7, 8, 13, 15, 10, 16, 23, 24, 25
Thematic development review 50% 1.5 0.06 2, 3, 4, 21, 5, 9, 12, 11, 20, 7, 13, 15, 10, 14, 17, 18, 24, 25, 19



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