University of Notre Dame

Introduction to 18th Century Music

Course Number: MUS 10111

This course offers an introduction to the music of the 18th century, which is still popular with today’s audiences, and its composers. We will study music by Vivaldi, J. S. Bach, Handel, Telemann, C.P.E. Bach, Gluck, Mozart, Haydn, and others, and will study the types of pieces common to this period: instrumental concertos, symphonies, string quartets, sonatas, fantasias, operas, oratorios, and cantatas. The class is listening-based, and emphasizes the development of listening skills. 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. In the fall of 2013, a Grammy-nominated musician, Jory Vinikour, will visit the class, and will talk about the harpsichord (a Baroque keyboard instrument) and play music of Bach and Handel.