MUSV3129 - Music in Venice, the 'Capital of Pleasure' (1650-1750)


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Course content

Venice was one of the most important political, economic and cultural centres of the Baroque. It represented something unique in the European imagination: a Republic that defended its freedom and independence for centuries; a liberal and cosmopolitan centre in touch with different cultures; a decadent and pleasure seeking society immersed in a perennial carnival. Venice was also a most lively musical centre and the most important operatic centre in Europe; music punctuated daily life and participated in the city’s self-representation and mythologization, while providing livelihood and international exposure to many musicians. Venice also offered unique opportunities to women musicians. While representative of the Baroque period, Venetian music and practices also influenced other composers, practices and musical life throughout Europe.

This course aims to develop students' understanding of the role of music in Venetian society and culture in its European and non-European context. Students will consider factors affecting music's composition, production and consumption, and will be encouraged to become familiar with a wide repertory of music. As a centre of cultural diversity on the border with the Ottoman Empire, Venice also offers the opportunity to observe how non-European, 'exotic' traditions were perceived and negotiated through the medium of music.

Learning outcome

An examinee with a completed qualification in MUSV3129
- demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the role of music in Venetian society and culture during the baroque period
- demonstrates familiarity with a wide range of music associated with the course
- has a critical understanding of the interaction between music, theatre, culture and society in Sixteenth- and Eighteenth-century Venice
- can evaluate the European significance of the Venetian musical scene

An examinee with a completed qualification in MUSV3129
- has the ability to analyse the interaction between music, theatre, culture and society
- can select and research independently an appropriate area of study
- has the ability to present knowledge, findings and critical insight in a coherent and convincing form both orally and in written form
- can apply acquired knowledge and understanding in their own work

Learning methods and activities

Combined lectures and seminars.

Compulsory assignments

  • Satisfactory participation in compulsory instruction and activities set out during the course

Further on evaluation

The text for the semester paper should have a length of 10-12 pages.

Bachelor's theses based on this course's topic must be delivered in the course code MUSV2031.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Drama and Theatre (BDRAMA)
European Studies (BEUROP)
History (BHIST)
History (MHIST)
Music Performance (MMUSP)
Music Performance Studies (BMUSK)
Music Performance Studies (BMUSP)
Music Technology (BMUST)
Music Technology (MMUST)
Musicology (BMUSV)
Musicology (MMUSV)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to one of the Bachelor's or Master's programmes in Musicology, Music Technology, Music Performance Studies, Bachelor's programme in Drama and Theatre Studies, Bachelor's or Master's programme in History or Bachelor's programme in European Studies and Foreign Languages.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level



Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Music History
  • Cultural History
  • History
  • Musicology
  • Music Performance Studies
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music



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