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This course traces the development of Western art music from 1750-1900. We will explore the works of many eighteenth- and nineteenth-century composers, probing the music’s connections with Classical and Romantic aesthetics, as well as political, philosophical, social, and cultural developments of the time. Composers to be studied include Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Berlioz, Chopin, Verdi, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Mahler, and others. Topics for discussion include the changing role of composers in society, music’s relation to the other arts, challenges faced by nineteenth-century female composers, controversies surrounding music and meaning, the interaction of music and drama in opera, and musical nationalism.
Format: lecture; lecture-discussion
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
class participation, two 5-6 page papers, GLOW posts and responses, midterm and final exams
ability to read music
Music majors, those planning to major, and any student with a strong interest in music
Music majors may not take MUS 232 as pass/fail or 5th course option if they are using it to fulfill the Classical-Romantic music history requirement for the music major.