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 as 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. Along the way we will also consider Bach’s legacy in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, a listening diary, one 8- to 10-page paper, 4 mini-quizzes, a midterm, and a final exam
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Enrollment Preference: students with a demonstrated interest in music
Distributions: Division I;