Fall 2015

Concertos: Analysis and Criticism

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-424


David E. Schneider (Section 01)


In this course we will study and write about concertos, works for solo instrument and orchestra. From Mozart's path-breaking achievements in the form in the late eighteenth century to John Adams' recent masterpieces written at the end of the twentieth century and beginning of the twenty-first, concertos represent some of the most important and most entertaining works in the classical music canon. Perhaps because of a deep-seated suspicion of the virtuosity inherent in the genre, concertos have inspired less high-quality criticism than have genres such as opera, symphony, string quartet, or works for solo piano. The first half of the course will consist of an overview of the history of the concerto from c.1775-1945 as well as a survey of the most important scholarly criticism on the subject by authors such as Scott Burnham, Simon Keefe, Joseph Kerman, Robert Levin, and David Schneider. The second half of the semester will be devoted to individual research projects designed by students in consultation with the professor with the goal of making genuine contributions to the scholarly literature on concertos. Two class meetings per week. Fulfills the departmental seminar requirement for the major.

Requisite: MUSI 242 or consent of the instructor. Fall semester. Professor Schneider.


Attention to Research, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2015