Music History

A number of electives in Music History are offered on a regular basis.  They include:

Music 112: Listening to Music.
Professor Craig Wright.
Development of aural skills that lead to an understanding of Western music. The musical novice is introduced to the ways in which music is put together and is taught how to listen to a wide variety of musical styles, from Bach and Mozart, to Gregorian chant, to the blues.

Music 130:  Introduction to the History of Western Music: 900 to 1800.
Professor Rebekah Ahrendt.
An introduction to the principal styles of Western art music through an examination of works by outstanding composers, beginning with Gregorian chant and ending with the music of Haydn and Mozart.

Music 131:  Introduction to the History of Western Music: 1800 to the Present.
Professor Gundula Kreuzer.
A survey of nineteenth- and twentieth-century composers, genres, and styles of music in Europe and America, with an emphasis on ways of listening.

Music 243: Opera.
Professor Gary Tomlinson.
A survey of the history of opera form its beginnings in late sixteenth-century Italy to the twentieth century.  Selected works examined against the background of changing poetic, musical, aesthetic, and social conventions.  Issues of singing, staging, staging, filming, and reviewing this multimedia art form. 

Music 340:  Listening in Nineteenth-Century Paris.
Professor Gundula Kreuzer.
A journey through the musical capital of nineteenth-century Europe. Various facets of Parisian musical life examined in order to trace changes in the public experience of music under the influence of wider political, sociocultural, and technical revolutions. Focus on the rise of grand opera and on legacies for twentieth-century “serious” music and popular mass culture.

Music 467:  Mahler, Modernism, and the Symphony.
Professor James Hepokoski.
A study of Mahler’s earlier symphonies, Nos. 1-4, in the context of an emerging European musical “modernism,” c. 1885-1905.  Analysis of selected movements; interpretations of program and structure; consideration of cultural and compositional background.