MUS 110 Chamber Music (Not offered 1999-2000)

An introductory survey of chamber music from the early-eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. Defined for this course as ensemble music for from three to eight players, we will consider string quartets, works for strings and piano, and examples of wind and brass chamber music by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Bartok, Mendelssohn, Beach, Hailstork and many others. Several live performances will be presented in class by faculty and visiting chamber musicians, and attendance at a chamber concert in Williamstown or another city will be expected. Two lectures per week. Evaluation will be based on several listening quizzes or short exams, a paper based on research or listening, and a final exam.