MUS 121
Brahms in Context
Last Offered Spring 2009
Division I
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

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In popular culture, Johannes Brahms is known especially as the composer of a well-known lullaby, as a gruff-looking bearded figure, and as the last of “The Three Bs” (the other two being Bach and Beethoven). Beneath the beard, however, Brahms (1833-97) was a complicated man whose personal challenges, along with the rich social and cultural environments in which he worked, played important roles in shaping the diverse musical repertory he produced. This course is a broad introduction to Brahms’s life and works, with an emphasis on how the music relates to issues of biography, psychology, and trends in music history, aesthetics, politics, religion, literature, and the visual arts. Students will be exposed to many of Brahms’s most important works, including symphonies, concertos, chamber works, piano pieces, songs, the famous German Requiem and, of course, the lullaby.
The Class: Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 3820
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on two papers, a midterm and a final exam, and attendance and participation
Prerequisites: none
Distributions: Division I

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