MUS 109 Music for Orchestra (Not offered 2004-2005)

An introductory survey of music written for the symphony orchestra from the Classical period through the present day. The course will trace the development of orchestral genres such as the symphonic (or tone) poem, suite, variations, ballet music and concert overture, with examples written by major composers such as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Berlioz, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Smetana, Brahms, Richard Strauss, Elgar, Ravel, Bartok, Crumb, Carter and Joan Tower. Development of the musical styles since 1780, the place of the composer in society, and the relationship of program music to the text are among the subjects to be considered. Emphasis on listening. Format: lecture. Evaluation will be based on two hour-exams or quizzes from listening assignments and readings, one short paper and a final exam. No prerequisites. No enrollment limit (expected: 25).