The module will consist of two units, dealing with the Baroque and Classical periods respectively, each taught by five two-hour year-group lectures and a number of 90-minute seminars delivered to smaller groups. There will be one ‘set work’ for each unit, which will be taught from a technical angle in the seminars and will provide a focus for historical discussion in the lectures. Music of the seventeenth and early eighteenth century will be placed in its social, economic and cultural contexts, in part by examining the patrons, audience, musicians, and composers through issues of social status and gender. Specific themes will include reception, dissemination, aesthetics, the conception of the early modern body, the relationship between secular and sacred, the changing valuation of vocal and instrumental music, the blurring of the 'traditional' roles of composer and musician, the relationship between the composed 'work' and performances, and the changing role that patrons and the audience played in performance and composition. These themes and issues will be illustrated by two set works, one from the earlier seventeenth century and one from the early eighteenth century, which will also be analysed in terms of style, form, harmony and modality/tonality. Music of the late eighteenth century, especially that of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, will be placed in its social, economic and cultural contexts, with a focus on the emerging music publishing industry, middle-class patronage, the institution of the public concert, the political ideals of the French Revolution and the possibilities for entrepreneurship in musical composition. These themes will be illustrated by the set work, which will also be analysed from technical perspectives in terms of form, harmony and tonality.