Class #1: Course introduction, musical meaning, elements of music

Lecture slides: 01 intro – C3A

Handout, online discussions: 


Class #2: Melody, texture, dynamics and introduction to the Baroque era

Lecture slides: 02 – melody texture C3A

Handout, syllabus questions: Syllabus questions

In-class worksheet, Vivaldi: 02 Vivaldi worksheet


Class #3: Rhythm, harmony and introduction to the Romantic era

Lecture slides:  03 rhythm romantic C3A

Music played in class:


Handout, Course Intro Essay: 


Class #4: Instruments, voice types, and introduction to the 20th century

Lecture slides: 04 instruments

Handout, editing suggestions for the Course Intro Essay: CIE general feedback

Music played in class:

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91), Die ZauberflöteK.620 (1791), “Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen”:
  • Georges Bizet (1838-75), Carmen (1875), “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle”:
  • Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), Rigoletto (1851), “La donna è mobile”:
  • Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, Show Boat (1927), “Ol’ Man River”:
  • Edvard Grieg, Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46 (1875)
    • I. Morning Mood:
    • IV. In the Hall of the Mountain King:
  • Claude Debussy, La Mer, I. De l’aube à midi sur la mer. Très lent. [From dawn to midday on the sea. Very slow.] (1905):
  • Benjamin Britten, Four Sea Interludes, I. Dawn, Op. 33A (1945):
  • John Luther Adams, Become Ocean (2013):
  • Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Der Erlkönig (1815)
    • Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau:
    • Jessye Norman:

Class #5: Introduction to musical analysis 1: Lieder and Franz Schubert

Lecture slides: 05 analysis 1 schubert

Handout, in-class listening and writing: 05 in-class analysis handout

Handout, examples of student essays: 05 in-class essay analysis – essays

Piece played in class: Franz Schubert, Gretchen am Spinnrade (1814)

Handout, Student Blog Post assignment prompt: 


Class #6: Introduction to musical analysis 2: Form

Lecture slides: 06 analysis 2 pop song and opera

Handout, student explanations of musical analysis: 06 Musical analysis definitions

Handout, text of piece played in class: 06 text – Reznor

Handout, how to submit your Course Intro Essay paragraph: CIE how to post

Handout, midterm review: Fall 2017 midterm review


Music played in class:

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, “Trepak” from The Nutcracker (1892):
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Don Giovanni, K.527 (1787):

The other pieces played in class are examples of pop music and are readily available on YoutTube, Spotify, Pandora, etc:

  • Jackson 5, “I Want you Back” (1969)
  • Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe” (2012)
  • Journey, “Any Way You Want It” (1981)
  • Murphy Lee, “What the Hook Gon’ Be” (2003)
  • Nine Inch Nails, “Hurt” (1996)
  • Johnny Cash, “Hurt” (2002)

Class #7: Richard Wagner

Lecture slides: 07 wagner

Handout, Wagner’s writings: 07 Wagner writings

Handout, Liebestod text and translation: 07 Liebestod text

Music played in class:

  • Richard Wagner, Prelude to Lohengrin, Act III (1850)
  • Wagner, “Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde (1865)


Class #8: Musical celebrations in the Baroque period

Lecture slides: 08 baroque celebrations

Handout, Wagner follow-up: 08 Wagner follow-up

Music played in class:

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully, Gavotte from Atys (1676)
    • Ballet video:
  • Johann Sebastian Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 (1721):
  • Georg Philipp Telemann, Tafelmusik (1733)
  • Henry Purcell, Dido and Aeneas (1689)
    • “Come Away, Fellow Sailors”



    • “When I Am Laid in Earth”:


Class #9: The Enlightenment and the string quartet

Lecture slides: 09 Classical

Handout, Johann Sebastian Bach’s contract with the town of Leipzig:  bach-duties-in-leipzig

Handout, Enlightenment excerpts: 09 enlightenment writing

In-class reading, blog/analysis example:

Music played in class:

Class #10: The symphony

Lecture slides: 10 symphonies

Handout, a composer’s view of the symphony: Puts 2013 Why Write Symphonies_ _ Deceptive Cadence _ NPR

Handout, how to submit your SBP:

Music played in class:

Video played in class, minuet dancing:


Class #11: The Black experience in America

Lecture slides: 11 Black experience

Handout, Johann Nikolaus Forkel, A General History of Music, Volume I (1788-1801): 11 Forkel

Handout, texts of recordings made by Alan Lomax: 11 Lomax texts, 11 Early in the Mornin

Handout, Robert Johnson, Cross Road Blues text: 11 Robert Johnson, Cross Roads Blues

Handout, Langston Hughes, “I, Too, Sing America”: 11 I, Too by Langston Hughes _ Poetry Foundation

Handout, Dead Prez, Hell Yeah text: 11 Dead Prez – Hell Yeah

Music played in class:


Class #12: Impressionism and Expressionism

Lecture slides: 12 impressionism expressionism

Handout, music and identity follow-up: 12 Music and identity follow-up

Handout, Arnold Schoenberg Pierrot Lunaire text and translation: 12 pierrot texts

In-class project, creating an opera: 12 in class writing – creative opera

Music played in class:


Class #13: Minimalism

Lecture slides: 13 minimalism

Handout, texts of music played in class: 13 minimalism texts

Music played in class:


Class #14: Experimentation and virtuosity

Lecture slides: 14 experimentation and virtuosity

Handout, Mu 101’s working definition of music: 14 definition of music follow-up

Handout, historical definitions of music: What is music

Music played in class: George Crumb, Black Angels (1970):