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The length should be 2-3 pages, double-spaced, with 12 point Times New Roman or similar font. The Baroque period was a time when theatricality was not just confined to a stage but impacted all types of art. For this paper you will compare two movements (parts of works or whole pieces if they are short) written between 1600-1750. These movements can be by the same composer or even from the same piece or can be by two different composers. You will need to explain which movement you believe is more dramatic or theatrical according to Baroque aesthetics. You can talk about two sections of Baroque opera, or instrumental music, or you could even compare an opera to an instrumental piece and argue that the instrumental piece is more truly dramatic than the opera. It should be your opinion, and your opinion needs to be backed up by musical details and historical facts. You should state which work you believe is more truly represents Baroque theatricality and why as your thesis.
If there is another aspect of the Baroque that you would like to explore – social class, gender etc. – you are welcome to do that as well, but in that case you should check in with me before you proceed. You will need to have an argument, structure the paper around that argument, and have both musical details and historical content. You should have at least three sources and refer to these sources. Any quotes you use should not be longer than three lines.
Citations
Papers must be in your own words and quotations must be cited. You may not copy and paste things from the internet and put them in your papers unless it is a proper quote and you give credit to the person who wrote it and the quote is no more than three lines long. Taking things from other sources without citing them is considered stealing and called plagiarism. It is very serious, and you must always be very careful to avoid it. Just changing a few words of a source is paraphrasing and must also be properly cited or it is also plagiarism. If you are unsure about something just ask me or err on the side of citing it.
If you use any ideas or phrases from other sources, you must cite your source! You do not need to cite standard facts such as composers’ birthdates, but if in doubt it is better to put a citation. I suggest using Chicago style, but for this paper if you have a standard citation style such as MLA you prefer you may use that style. We will go over citations in more depth in class but I recommend the Chicago Manual of Style Quick Citation Guide (Links to an external site.).

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