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Baroque and Classical Music
MUSC 242
Spring 2023 not offered

This discussion-based seminar provides an overview of the history of Western European music from the Baroque and Classical periods (roughly 1600 to 1800). More than a survey course, however, it engages students in some of the significant debates around the character and function of music, with a special focus on music's role in defining the modern era. Together, we will consider (and in some cases, reconsider) the following questions: How does music express? What were some of the paradigms for conveying meaning with music? Why does music feature so prominently in contemporaneous discourses as varied as the natural sciences, aesthetics, rhetoric, and others? By the end of the semester, students should expect to acquire some techniques for articulating their experience of music and relating that experience to compositional procedures idiomatic to the style. Repertoire to be considered will include works by Monteverdi, Lully, J.S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. We will also devote time to exploring the role of this music in cultural exchanges in Asia and the Americas. Facility with musical notation is expected.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA MUSC
Course Format: LectureGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (MUSC)

Last Updated on DEC-11-2023
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