Fall 2010

Music and Revolution: The Symphonies of Mahler and Shostakovich

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-42  |  Music, as MUSI-42


Jenny L. Kallick (Section 01)


(Offered as MUSI 42 and EUST 42.)  Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) and Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) are arguably the two greatest symphonic composers after Beethoven. In this course we will compare and contrast their highly charged music and explore the eras in which they worked--for Mahler, imperial Vienna on the eve of World War I, and for Shostakovich, revolutionary Russia under the tyrannical reign of Joseph Stalin. The class will attend Mahler and Shostakovich performances in New York and Boston, particularly as the musical world marks Mahler's 150th birthday in 2010 and the 100th anniversary of his death in 2011. Fulfills either the departmental seminar requirement or the comprehensive exam requirement for the major.

Requisite: Music 31 or consent of the instructor. Fall semester. Professor Kallick.


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2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2010, Spring 2014