Music History

Course Syllabus

Unit 1: Element of Music

I. Sound: Pitch, Dynamics and Tone Color

II. Performing Media: Voices and Instruments

III. Rhythm

IV. Music Notation

V. Melody

VI. Harmony

VII. Key

VIII. Musical Texture

IX. Musical Form

X. Performance

XI. Musical Style

Unit 2: Medieval

I. Music in the Middle Ages (450-1450)

II. Gregorian Chant

III. Secular Music in the Middle Ages

IV. The Development of Polyphony: Organum

V. 14th Century Music: The "New Art" in Italy and France

Unit 3: Renaissance Music

I. Music in the Renaissance (1450-1600)

II. Sacred Music in the Renaissance

III. Secular Music in the Renaissance

IV. The Venetian School: From Renaissance to Baroque

Unit 4: Baroque Music

I. Baroque Music (1600-1750)

II. Music in Baroque Society

III. The Concerto Grosso and Ritornello Form

IV. The Fugue

V. The Elements of Opera

VI. Opera in the Baroque

VII. Claudio Monteverdi

VIII. Henry Purcell

IX. The Baroque Sonata

X. Arcangelo Corelli

XI. Antonio Vivaldi

XII. Johann Sebastian Bach

XIII. The Baroque Suite

XIV. The Chorale and Church Cantata

XV. The Oratorio

XVI. George Frideric Handel

Unit 5: Classical Music

I. The Classical Style (1750-1820)

II. Composer, Patron, and Public in the Classical Period

III. Sonata Form

IV. Theme and Variations

V. Minuet and Trio

VI. Rondo

VII. The Classical Symphony

VIII. The Classical Concerto

IX. Classical Chamber Music

X. Joseph Haydn

XI. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

XII. Ludwig van Beethoven

Unit 6: Romantic Music

I. Romanticism in Music (1820-1900)

II. Romantic Composers and Their Public

III. Art Song

IV. Franz Schubert

V. Robert Schumann

VI. Clara Wieck Schumann

VII. Frederic Chopin

VIII. Franz Liszt

IX. Felix Mendelssohn

X. Program Music

XI. Hector Berlioz

XII. Nationalism in 19th Century Music

XIII. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

XIV. Bedrich Smetana

XV. Antonin Dvorak

XVI. Johannes Brahms

XVII. Guiseppe Verdi

XVIII. Giacomo Puccini

XIX. Richard Wagner

XX. Gustav Mahler

Unit 7: 20th Century & Beyond

I . Musical Styles (1900-1945)

II. Music and Musicians in Society

III. Impressionism and Symbolism

IV. Claude Debussy

V. Maurice Ravel

VI. Neoclassicism

VII. Igor Stravinsky

VIII. Expressionism

IX. Arnold Schoenberg

X. Alban Berg

XI. Anton Webern

XII. Bela Bartok

XIII. Dmitri Shostakovich

XIV. Charles Ives

XV. George Gershwin

XVI. William Grant Still

XVII. Aaron Copland

XVIII. Alberto Ginastera

XIX. Music Styles Since 1945

XX. Music Since 1945: 8 Representative Pieces

Unit 8: Preview of Film Music (Materials Compiled by Instructor)

I. The Collaborative Partnership Between the Creative Forces

II. Silent Film

III. The Talkies: Dawn of a New Age of Cinema

IV. Golden Ages of Cinema

V. Max Steiner

V. Erich Wolfgang Korngold

VI. The Movie Musical

VII. Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein

VIII. Bernard Hermann/Alfred Hitchcock

IX. John Williams/Stephen Spielberg

X. Danny Elfman/Tim Burton

XI. James Horner/James Cameron

XII. Howard Shore/Peter Jackson

XIII. Hans Zimmer

Howard Goodall's "The Story of Music" Series from Ovation, The Arts Network