MUS 163 Spring 2015 Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach now enjoys the status of a cultural icon, transcending time and place. But who was Bach, and why do his musical creations continue to fascinate us? This course offers an introduction to the life and music of this iconic composer. We will explore aspects of cultural context (such as the social milieu in which Bach developed his art and the use and perception of his music by his contemporaries), as well develop our listening skills by exploring matters of purely musical content (the styles and forms of his prodigious oeuvre). Both instrumental and vocal music will be surveyed, including the Brandenburg Concerti, the Goldberg Variations, the Magnificat, and the B Minor Mass. The course will conclude with a consideration of Bach's legacy in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on 2 papers, a midterm, a final exam, and class participation
Additional Info: not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: seniors and juniors
Department Notes: MUS Group A Electives--classes 2015 and 2016
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: MUS Group A Electives
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3828
MUS 163 - 01 (S) LEC Bach Division 1: Languages and the Arts Jennifer Bloxam
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Bernhard Presser Choral 3828
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