Classicism and Transformation (MCGY3636)


Since the early 20th century, the period c.1750-1830 has been associated with the idea of Classicism in European music, but it was also a period of rapid development and transformation in both music and society. This unit offers an in-depth examination of core repertoire by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and their contemporaries in this historical context, and provides an opportunity to explore topics that will deepen and extend students' understanding of this highly significant period. Participants will explore important repertoire, become acquainted with scholarly and performance issues associated with the style by studying a selection of critical writings about the period, and choose one topic to research in depth.

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1 x 1hr lecture and 1 x 2hr seminar/week


Essay (2,500-3,000 words) (50%), Seminar presentation (30%), critical reading assignments (1,000 words) (20%)

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