Fall 2007

Music and Culture II

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-22


Klara Moricz (Section 01)


One of three courses in which the stylistic development of Western music is studied in its cultural-historical context. In this course the emphasis will be on a chronological survey of the period 1750-1900. Starting in 1750, the year of J.S. Bach's death, we will witness the birth of modern concert life and the rise of what has become the heart of the "classical" concert repertory. In the first part of the course we will follow the development of the symphony, the string quartet, the concerto and opera, focusing on the works of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. In the nineteenth-century portion of the course we will address numerous aspects of Romanticism including the encroachment of the aesthetics of the "sublime" on that of the "beautiful," the replacement of the belief in universal validity with the cult of the individual, and music as a surrogate religion. Composers to be studied include Rossini, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Liszt, Berlioz, Wagner, Chopin, Verdi, Musorgsky and Brahms. Readings will include music-historical documents and selected critical and analytical articles. Paper assignments will enable the students to connect detailed musical analysis with historical-cultural interpretation. Weekly listening assignments will help students acquire knowledge of a broad range of Classical and Romantic music. This course may be elected individually or in conjunction with other Music and Culture courses (Music 21 and 23). Two class meetings per week. Requisite: Music 11, 12, or consent of the instructor. First semester. Professor Moricz.