Honors | Music, Culture & Style (HON)
H203 | 17009 | David Hertz

TuTh 7:15-8:30pm

What are the features of a great composer’s musical personality? How
can we identify it in the music so readily? How does it relate to
the culture of his/her era? Where are the connections between music
and culture? A survey of some of the greatest composers will be our
point of departure, among them Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven,
Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Schoenberg, and Carter. Course readings
will include selections from the writings of Charles Rosen, an
authority on the relations between music and culture. Rosen, who has
recently been described as “one of the great thinkers of the
keyboard world” in The New York Times, will give the Patten lectures
and a concert in January, 2006. Students will attend the Rosen
Patten lectures, concerts and a number of other concerts and events
throughout the semester. All of these events will enhance our study
of the central topic of the course, which is to explore how music,
culture and style always intersect in a highly unique way in the
compositions of a great composer. Selections from poetry and art
will accompany the study of each composer. Special attention to
mixed media works such as song cycles and operas when appropriate.