Fall 2014

Music, Faith, and the Utopian Impulse


Suzette M. Farnham (Section 01)
Jenny L. Kallick (Section 01)


Music figures prominently in the human experience of hope and faith. This course explores why this is so, concentrating on three iconic works—J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (1727), Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (1825), and George Gershwin’s opera, Porgy and Bess (1935). In-class work will focus on attentive listening. Written assignments emphasize critical thinking about music and culture. There will be frequent opportunities to attend live performances and meet professional musicians. No prior musical experience is required.

Fall semester.  Professor Kallick.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2014