Historical Musicology

Students receive training in the analysis and interpretation of musical style through all of the musical eras. The historical, cultural, and social contexts of music are examined through the use of primary sources.

Sample Courses

MUS 272 Symphonic Music (2 hours)
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.

MUS 341 History of Music: Antiquity- 1750 (4 hours)
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.

MUS 342 History of Music: Classical Period (2 hours)
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.

MUS 343 History of Music: Romantic Period (2 hours)
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.