MUS 231

Western Music of the Classic Era to the Birth of Modernism (1750-1914)

A survey of music history that traces the development of Western musical styles, genres, and ideas from the late-eighteenth classical style of Haydn and Mozart, nineteenth-century Romanticism from Beethoven to Mahler, and the birth of Modernism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Topics include the development of major instrumental and vocal genres, including the symphony, string quartet, concerto, the solo sonata and character piece for piano, the 'Lied' and song cycle, and opera. The focus of each class is on detailed historical, analytical, and critical study of representative works by major figures and the issues they raise through lectures, class discussions, readings, listening, and writing assignments.