HONORS 251 - Honors Humanities Seminar
Winter 2020, Section 001 - The Symphonic Century: Music and Revolution in the 19th Century
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors

Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
Honors
Waitlist Capacity:
25
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
30.00
Advisory Prerequisites:
Open to Honors students. May be repeated for credit with permission of department.
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Description

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).

Schedule

HONORS 251 - Honors Humanities Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
24331
Closed
0
1LSA Hnrs
-
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Meets with RCHUMS 356.001. This is NOT an Honors Core course.

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