CUL 452 Sacred Music of the Middle Ages
The sacred music of the Medieval Ages in Western Europe emerged at a time of significant transitions: the decline of the Roman Empire, the dawn of Christianity and the presence of the monastery. At a time of confusion, scarcity and ignorance, religious medieval music played an important role in fulfilling knowledge, artistic expression and spiritual enlightenment. The course will also help explore the roots of plainchant and its development through the centuries. Different methods of musical worship will be examined such as psalms and hymns. We will study the schools of St. Martial and Notre Dame and their innovations. We will revise the advent and philosophical significance of polyphony. Finally, we will touch on the musical transition of the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.
Juan Hernandez, MM
Juan has an M.M. in Music Performance from California State University Los Angeles. His research areas are in music aesthetics, music history, and classical guitar. He specializes in vocal and instrumental performance of sacred music, and performs classical, Latin American, and popular modern music. He plays with the Orange County Guitar Orchestra under the direction of David Grimes, and participated in the release of the album Toccata. He teaches Medieval Music History and Music Philosophy at UPR, and also serves on the faculty of 88 Keys Music Academy.