Bach and Handel: Their Music in High Baroque Culture
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This course explores the lives and music of two great composers of the High Baroque, Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel. We will examine their dramatically contrasting life experiences and musical pursuits within the larger social and cultural framework of the period: Bach as a provincial composer, servant to minor German aristocrats and the Lutheran Church, virtuoso organist and pedagogue; Handel as a cosmopolitan celebrity and entrepreneur, creator of operatic and instrumental entertainments for both the Italian and English nobility and the paying public. Development of listening skills and understanding of Baroque music styles, genres, and forms will be stressed. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti and Mass in B-minor, and Handel’s opera Giulio Cesare and Water Music Suite are just a few of the works to be discussed and enjoyed.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion, two meetings per week; field trip may be required
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on participation, two papers, a midterm, and a final exam
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Enrollment Preference: first-year students and sophomores
Distributions: Division I;