Course Recommendation | Music in Western Civilization
At the completion of the course, students should be able to:
Formulate an overall view of the development of western music from the Medieval Period to the present day; differentiate the music from the various style periods in western music history; describe the particular musical genres and their overall structure; critically review the technical and stylistic features of a concert performance or recording; discuss the music aesthetics of different style periods.
This course teaches students how to listen to music intelligently and make informed judgment on the musical style, the historical background and influences.
The course will start with the Greek doctrine of ethos in music leading into the periods of the Medieval and the Renaissance. It continues with the various style periods of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic where the solid foundation of western classical music was firmly established.
The masterpieces written by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, etc will be introduced and discussed as relating to their socio-cultural background. Moving into the diversified 20th century, different styles such as Nationalism, Impressionism, Expressionism, Minimalism, Abstract Art and pop culture in the western world will also be discussed.