MUS 109(F) Music for Orchestra

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 concerto, symphonic poem, suite, variations, and concert overture, with examples written by major composers such as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Smetana, Brahms, Richard Strauss, Elgar, Ravel, Bartok, George Crumb, Elliott Carter, and Ellen Zwilich. Development of the musical styles since 1780, the place of the composer in society, and relationship of program music to the text are among the subjects to be considered. Emphasis on listening. Two lectures per week. Evaluation will be based on two hour exams from listenings and readings, one short paper and a final exam. No prerequisites.

Hour: D. MOORE