RCHUMS 356 - The Symphonic Century: Music and Revolution in the 19th Century
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Consent:
With permission of department.
Lab Fee:
30.00
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Punctured 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, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Brahms, Mahler, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and William Grant Still. 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. Grade will be determined by class participation, and written assignments (no prerequisites required).

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RCHUMS 356 - The Symphonic Century: Music and Revolution in the 19th Century
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001 (LEC)
P
25525
Open
22
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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