Spring 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
From Mozart to Model T’s: A study of music and its role in society from the Classical period through the early twentieth century
This course will study significant composers and musical works from the Classical period through the early twentieth century with an emphasis on the reciprocal relationships between music and society in the Western world. While examining the musical works of composers such as Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Wagner, Verdi, Brahms, R. Strauss, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Sousa and others, various aspects of society including political ideologies and events, philosophies, art movements and technological advances will be considered. Numerous topics, including the Napoleonic Wars, Realism, Nationalism, Romanticism, commerce, transportation and the Industrial Revolution, will be discussed as they pertain to composer lifestyles and stylistic changes in musical compositions.
Burkholder, J P, Donald J. Grout, and Claude V. Palisca. A History of Western Music. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010. Print. 8th Ed.
Burkholder, J P, Donald J. Grout, and Claude V. Palisca. Norton Anthology of Western Music, Vol. 2. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010. Print. 6th Ed.
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