2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

CMUSC 1401 Introduction to Form in Classical Music

How to listen to classical music and what to listen for will be the major focus of this course. Students shall study the representative works from the late Middle Ages through the beginnings of Modernism in order to gain an appreciation of how musical forms evolve over time, how they change, build upon one another, and ultimately become transformed into something new. Emphasis will be placed on the contributions of acknowledged masters such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and Bartok. Although the course focuses primarily upon Western classical music, the influence of Asian, African, and Latin American music on the Western tradition will be emphasized where appropriate.




Fall semester