This course traces the European symphonic tradition from the late eighteenth century through the mid-twentieth century, focusing on works by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Berlioz, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Dvorak, Mahler, Strauss, and Shostakovich. We will examine developments in musical form and harmony, social contexts for listening, and contemporary aesthetic debates about the nature of genius, the idea of musical tradition, and the narrative capacity of instrumental music.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: students will be evaluated on three 3- to 5-page essays, two exams, and short weekly assignments, ability to read music not required
Enrollment Preference: first-years and sophomores
Distributions: Division I;