Course Topics

Symphonic Music (MUS 272)
A survey of the repertoire of the orchestra including literature from the 17th century to the present. Emphasis is placed on concepts of style and historical evolution.

History of Music: Classical Period (MUS 342)
A survey of musical life and literature from 1730 to 1825; origins and development of the divertimento, symphony, string quartet, piano concerto, and related genres; developments in opera and sacred vocal forms; life and works of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven; American topics: early instruction books and singing schools, shapenotes, the Moravians, William Billings.

History of Music: Antiquity- 1750 (MUS 341)
A survey of musical life and literature from Ancient Greece through the Baroque era: the Greek theoretical legacy; sacred and secular developments of the Middle Ages and Renaissance; invention of opera and growth of idiomatic instrumental styles; life and works of Bach and Handel. American topics: early psalters and hymnals. 

History of Music: Romantic Period (MUS 343)
A survey of musical life and literature in the 19th century: the Lied and song cycle, romantic opera, concert overture, symphonic poem, program symphony, virtuoso violin and piano schools; survey of the life and works of Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Berlioz, Liszt, Brahms, Wagner, Verdi, Bruckner, Mahler, and Richard Strauss; American topics: the Negro spiritual, minstrel shows, Lowell Mason, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Stephen Foster.