21M.011 Introduction to Western Music

Spring 2006

Three violins.
Classic violins. (Image courtesy of Wikipedia.)

Course Highlights

This course features a full set of lecture notes, as well as complete reading and listening lists.

Course Description

This course gives a broad overview of Western music from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, with emphasis on late baroque, classical, romantic, and modernist styles (1700-1910). It is also meant to enhance students' musical experience by developing listening skills and an understanding of diverse forms and genres. Major composers and their works will be placed in social and cultural contexts. Weekly lectures feature demonstrations by professional performers, and introduce topics to be discussed in sections. The focus of the course is on the weekly listening and reading assignments.
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Prof. Ellen Harris

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
1.5 hours / session

Two sessions / week
1 hour / session