Spring 2015

Discovering Music: Listening Through History

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-101


Jordan M. Hugh Sam (Section 01)
David E. Schneider (Section 01)


This course teaches the close reading of music through guided listening in a variety of traditions and historical periods. The topic may change from year to year. In 2014-15, we focus on aural analysis of musical texture and form through an historical survey of works stretching from medieval Europe (twelfth-century Gregorian chant) to twentieth- and twenty-first-century America (blues, swing, Broadway, bebop, and minimalism). Composers whose works we will study include: Hildegard von Bingen, G. Palestrina, C. Monteverdi, J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, L. van Beethoven, P. Tchaikovsky, C. Debussy, G. Puccini, A. Copland, G. Gershwin, Duke Ellington, T. Monk, P. Glass, and composers of classical Broadway musicals. Lectures will be supplemented by in-class performances. In addition to weekly listening and reading assignments, coursework includes attending concerts. Two 80-minute lectures and one 50-minute section per week.

Spring semester. Professor Schneider.


Fine Arts for Non-majors


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016