MUS 232
Music in History II: Classical and Romantic Music Spring 2025
Division I

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MUS 232 traces the development of Western art music from 1750 to 1900. Through listening, reading, and score analysis, we will study a broad range of composers and genres, Classical and Romantic aesthetics, and connections between music and political, philosophical, social, and cultural developments of the period. Composers include Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Berlioz, Chopin, Liszt, Verdi, Wagner, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, and others. Some of the topics we will discuss include the changing role of composers in society, music’s relationship to the other arts, challenges faced by female composers, controversies surrounding music and meaning, the interaction of music and drama in opera, and musical nationalism.
The Class: Format: lecture; lecture-discussion; the class will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays
Limit: 15
Expected: 12
Class#: 3425
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, two 5-6 page papers, GLOW posts, midterm and final exams
Prerequisites: ability to read music
Enrollment Preferences: Music majors, those planning to major, and any student with a strong interest in music
Distributions: Division I
Attributes: MUS Music History: 1750-1900

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