HONORS 251 - Honors Humanities Seminar
Section: 001 History of the Symphony
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Open to Honors students. May be repeated for credit with permission of department.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Punctuated by revolutions, the 19th century was an era marked by social, political, and economic unrest. From the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century through the multiple rebellions in 1848, the Franco-Prussian War in 1871, and the instability that led to the first World War, the spirit of revolution ran strong in the 19th century.
This course looks at the evolution of one of the premiere musical genres of the 19th century—the symphony—within the larger context of its time. How do the early beginnings that emphasize a strict adherence to musical form reflect the social upheaval brought on through the French Revolution? In a time of strong juxtapositions, how does the symphony articulate the aesthetics of the sublime and the beautiful, the monumental and the miniature, the public and the private, the individual and the nation?
In this class we will examine the symphonies of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Brahms, and Mahler. Attention to musical form and style, composer biography and placement in music history, and contemporary musicological methodologies will be presented in a way that engages those from all musical backgrounds (no prerequisites required).

HONORS 251 - Honors Humanities Seminar
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001 (SEM)
10LSA Hnrs
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: this course has been cancelled for Winter 2009. If you registered for it, you must drop it now. Very sorry for the inconvenience.
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