About Music 41

Music 41 surveys the music and musical thought of the Western art tradition between 1600 and 1815, including the Baroque, the “galant” and Viennese Classical styles, and the beginnings of Romanticism. We study major musical genres and works in historical context, including the development of national styles, individual composers, and musical institutions and/or communities such as courts, congregations, and cities.  Genres include opera; sacred music; keyboard music; orchestral music including concerto grosso, symphony, and concerto.

Course goals
The lectures, assignments, and discussions in Music 41 are designed to develop your historical understanding of music, and your skills in thinking critically about music and music history.

  • Develop vocabulary and frameworks for writing historically/critically about music
  • Use primary sources as a basis for understanding music of the past
  • Compare modern analytical/interpretive approaches with historical ones
  • Explore how 17th and 18th-century audiences understood music, including musical form, aesthetic priorities, and purpose.
  • Summarize the main points of musicological articles, and analyze their arguments and use of evidence.
  • Deepen your knowledge of music for your own instrument(s)
  • Discover music you didn’t know before

 Professor Heather Hadlock


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