This course name and description ONLY applies to academic year 2021-2022

MUS 13182-1: From Bach to Mozart

Instructor: Mary E. Frandsen

This course offers an introduction to 18th-century music, much of which is still popular with today’s audiences. We will study music by J. S. Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Telemann, C.P.E. Bach, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, and others, and will cover the types of pieces common to this period: instrumental concertos, symphonies, string quartets, instrumental sonatas, fantasias, operas, oratorios, and cantatas. We will also explore the various stylistic and formal features of the music, and how these change over time. The class is listening-based, and emphasizes the development of listening skills. In writing assignments, students will be asked to compare and contrast various features of musical form and style, as well as to assess and react to scholarly writing on music. No previous experience with music (and no music-reading ability) is required. Class readings are drawn from the writings of modern music scholars, as well as reactions and criticisms of 18th-century listeners.