Music of Western Civilization

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Fall semester

This course is a combination of music history and music appreciation and is designed for the non-musician, but will appeal to skilled musicians as well. Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras of classical music are covered as we examine the lives of great composers such as J.S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Copland. Extensive listening is involved. Videos and documentaries on related topics augment the great music that forms the core of the course. A student may expect to acquire a good understanding of music history (European and American) and master composers, and be able to listen to a piece of music and determine its time period, style, and possible composer. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.