Music 130: Introduction to European Art Music


In this course we will explore what it means to study the European musical tradition.  We will approach the diverse musics that constitute the classical tradition from a variety of scholarly perspectives. The goal of this class is to listen deeply and think broadly and to prepare you for future musical research. We will consider questions such as: what sort of object is music?  Where is it located? What does it mean to say a work is "canonic"?  What is left out of the story? How have we constructed our story? What does it mean to study music?

Music 27: Haydn and Mozart

Our daily lives are saturated with the music of Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadè Mozart; their music forms the core of the canon of Western art music; we encounter their music everywhere, from concert halls and movie soundtracks, to grocery stores and in shopping malls. This semester, we will explore the lives and music of these two remarkable composers, who led powerfully contrasting but intertwined lives.

Music 30: 1000 Years of Musical Listening

Hardly a day goes by without us listening to music.  It is engrained in our rituals, public and private, and through it we connect to people across the world, and across the vast community of history.  We listen to it because it has an effect: it can move, distract, excite, delight, and comfort us.  The image above depicts Orpheus, the mythical symbol for music’s powers, in a story dating back to the classical writings of Ovid: in it we see him in enraptured performance, and entrancing all of nature around him.  Yet while we know that we like music, and that it moves us,