Music 321

MUSC 321:322

Catalog Entry

MUSC321:322. History of Music
Three hours lecture (3,3).

Prerequisites: MUSC100

General survey of history and literature of music. Required of all music majors and open to students in other curricula. 321: fall; 322: spring. General Education credit – Fine Arts.


Detailed Description of Content of Course


l. Medieval Music

        a. Monophonic Secular Music
        b. Organum
        c. Conductus
        d. Motet
        e. Secular music of the l4th century in France and Italy

2. Renaissance Music

        a. Mass
        b. Chanson
        c. Motet
        d. Madrigal
        e. Instrumental Music

3. Early and Middle Baroque Music

        a. Opera
        b. Oratorio
        c. Passion
        d. Cantata
        e. Fugue
        f. Sonata
        g. Concerto
        h. Suite
        i. Variation Works
        j. Chorale-based works C.

4. Late Baroque Music

        a. The culmination of events in Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and Rameau


1. Classical Music

        a. Haydn: Symphonies and String Quartets
        b. Mozart: Operas, Symphonies, and Piano Concertic.
        c. Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Symphonies String Quartet

2. Romantic Music

        a. Roots of Romanticism
        b. Early Romantics: Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Berlioz, Mendelssohn
        c. Later Romantics: Liszt, Wagner, Brahms, Verdi, Tchaikovsky
        d. Post Romantics: Puccini, Mahler, Strauss

3. Twentieth Century Music

        a. Impression: Debussy, Ravel
        b. Nationalism: Early Stravinsky, Bartok
        c. Neo-Classicism: Stravinsky, Hindemith
        d. Schoenberg and his followers
        e. Avant Garde
        f. American Music


Detailed Description of Conduct of the Course

The course is mainly a lecture course, but with the inclusion of directed discussion through the playing of relevant examples of music in class.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

At the conclusion of the course students will demonstrate knowledge of historical facts related to the development of central types of music congress and styles.


Assessment Measures

There are both listening tests as well as conventional written ones. The final exam is not comprehensive.


Other Course Information

The students are encouraged to listen to as much music as possible and to connect it to the content of the course.


Approval and Subsequent Reviews

May 2006 Reviewed E. Fellin, Chairman