Spring 2014

Music and Revolution: The Symphonies of Mahler and Shostakovich

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-371  |  Music, as MUSI-422

Formerly listed as: MUSI-42


Jenny L. Kallick (Section 01)


(Offered as MUSI 422 and EUST 371.)  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. Fulfills either the departmental seminar requirement or the comprehensive exam requirement for the major.

Requisite: MUSI 241 or consent of the instructor. Spring semester. Professor Kallick.


Artistic Practice


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