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MUSC 300 Monuments of Western Music (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisites: Junior standing and completion of the Aesthetic Appreciation section of the Core curriculum. (First semester/3 credits)

A study of one of Western culture’s great composers and/or important musical genres, with special attention given to the historical, social, political, philosophical, scientific, artistic and literary events of the time.

  • MUSC 300A The World of Mozart (CORE—Western Civilization)
    A study of the life, music and influence of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with special attention given to the historical, social, political, philosophical, scientific, artistic and literary events of Europe in the late 18th century, and how they influenced him.

  • MUSC 300B The World of Beethoven (CORE—Western Civilization)
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), one of the central figures of the Western musical canon, was witness to tremendous changes in European culture at the end of the 18th century and the start of the 19th. His career was bookended on one end by cultural milestones like the French Revolution and Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, and on the other end by the Napoleonic Wars and the death of Goethe. His music thus serves as a musical backdrop to a great era of change in European culture.