MUSC-114 Musical Culture: European Tradition
Fall for 2017-2018
MUSC 114 investigates the history of Western European art music beginning with a discussion of the Baroque Era (ca. 1600) and continuing until the early twentieth century (ca. 1945). The study of contemporary European society, culture, politics, and artistic trends will serve as the context for the creation, content, and style of music examined in this course. MUSC 114 will focus on select compositions (by artists such as J.S. Bach, Corelli, Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Berlioz, Liszt, Brahms, and Stravinsky among others) to achieve a practical and historical understanding of Western Classical music styles and genres.

This course requires a basic musical aptitude and knowledge with a willingness to work consistently and learn challenging material. The material will be supplemented on occasion with additional in-class readings and listening examples. Our primary objectives are to develop facility with the principal genres of music that emerged in the eras under examination and to derive an enhanced understanding of art music. We will also develop a musical vocabulary and introduce basic analytical techniques to acquire aural skills. Critical aspects of this course are to learn musical repertoire, recognize stylistic genres and trends, to attend concerts, to identify specific compositions and to associate such works with individual musicians/composers or performing ensembles.
HALC: SFS/CULP Humanities
X-List: Culture and Politics
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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