An exploration of the music and culture of Western civilization from the mid 18th century to the early 19th century. Students will study both the sacred and secular music of the classical and early romantic eras, including (but not limited to) opera, church music, symphony, sonata, concerto, and chamber music. The music and careers of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, and others will be examined in some detail. Each musical genre will be examined on the basis of its intrinsic characteristics as well as in connection with the aesthetic, social, philosophical, political, and economic environment in which it was created. Students will be expected to have a basic understanding of standard musical notation. MUS 120 (Fundamentals) is recommended but not required as a prerequisite.
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