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MUSIC 1AA3 Intro:HistoryOfMusicII

Academic Year: Winter 2017

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Lara Housez


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 416

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 27671

Office Hours: Fridays, 1:30-3:30pm

Course Objectives:

Goals: Our primary goal is to gain a broad knowledge of musical terms, concepts, and repertoire from the Classical era, Nineteenth Century, and Twentieth Century. We will focus on key composers, their works, and shifting musical styles and study how these figures and music making relate to larger economic, social, cultural, and intellectual contexts. A selection of musical examples from non-Western cultures will also be considered. By adopting a listening-oriented approach, we will develop skills in recognizing by ear musical examples and stylistic characteristics. Watch out: This course will expand your musical horizons and instill a life-long appreciation of “classical” music. No previous knowledge of music is required.

Lectures: The lectures will give you the majority of the information that you will need to succeed in this course and will go significantly beyond the reading and listening assignments. Lecture slides for each class will be posted on the learning management system, Avenue to Learn (A2L), but you should be aware that these provide only the skeleton of the information you need. You will supplement the slides, textbook reading, and listening with your own notes from lecture in order to be fully prepared for tests and the final exam.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Mark Evan Bonds. Listen to This, 3rd edition. Toronto: Pearson, 2015 and its digital learning resource, MyMusicLab.

These resources are available two ways: bundled textbook + MyMusicLab OR bundled etext + MyMusicLab. MyMusicLab offers many useful learning tools, including access to the required audio examples.

Instructions for accessing MyMusicLab are posted on A2L (see “How to register for MyMusicLab.”)

Method of Assessment:

Test #1 on Music of the Classical era (27 January) 20%

Test #2 on Music of the Nineteenth Century (8 March) 20%

Test #3 on Music of the Twentieth Century (29 March) 20%

Cumulative Final Exam (date TBA) 40%

Students will have received 10% of their grade in this course by 10 March.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

(1) Missed tests or assignments will result in a grade of ‘0’, unless accompanied by a medical certificate and/or a McMaster student absence form (MSAF), (2) Regular attendance is essential to achieve success in this course.

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Topics and Readings:





4 Jan


6 Jan

Elements of Music


Access MyMusicLab (MML) for etext with musical examples

9 Jan

11 Jan

Intro to the Classical Era


13 Jan

Joseph Haydn (Part I)


19: String Quartet in C Major, op. 76, no. 3, 2nd mvt

16 Jan

Haydn (Part II)


21: Symphony No. 102 in B-flat Major, 3rd and 4th mvts

18 Jan

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Part I)


22: Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550, 1st mvt

20 Jan

Mozart (Part II)


23: Piano Concerto in A Major, K. 488, 1st mvt

23 Jan

Mozart (Part III)


24: The Marriage of Figaro, Act I, “Cosa sento”

25 Jan

William Billings and Review


25: “Chester”

27 Jan

TEST #1 on Music of the Classical Era

30 Jan

Intro to the Nineteenth Century


1 Feb

Ludwig van Beethoven


26: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, op. 67

3 Feb

Franz Schubert


27: “Erlkönig,” D. 328

6 Feb

Felix Mendelssohn


28: Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream

8 Feb

Hector Berlioz


29: Symphonie fantastique, 4th mvt. (“March to the Scaffold”)

10 Feb

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel


30: Piano trio in D Minor, op. 11, 3rd mvt

13 Feb

Clara Wieck Schumann


31: “Forward!”

15 Feb

Frédéric Chopin


32: Mazurka in B-flat, op. 7, no. 1

17 Feb

Giuseppe Verdi


35: La Traviata, Act I, selection

20-26 February: MID-TERM RECESS

27 Feb

Richard Wagner


36: The Valkyrie, Act III, selection (“Wotan’s Farewell”)

1 Mar

Johannes Brahms


37: Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, op. 98, finale

3 Mar

Antonin DvoÅ™ák


38: String Quartet in F Major, op. 96 (“American”)

6 Mar



8 Mar

TEST #2 on Music of the Nineteenth Century

10 Mar

Intro to the Twentieth Century


13 Mar

Claude Debussy


39: Voiles

15 Mar

Charles Ives


40: The Unanswered Question

17 Mar

Arnold Schoenberg


41: “Columbine” from Pierrot lunaire

20 Mar

Igor Stravinsky


42: The Rite of Spring, Part One

22 Mar

Leonard Bernstein


52: “Tonight” from West Side Story

24 Mar

CLASS CANCELLED (conference)

27 Mar

Philip Glass and Review


55: “Knee Play 1” from Einstein on the Beach

29 Mar

TEST #3 on Music of the Twentieth Century

31 Mar, 3, 5 Apr

General Review of the Classical Era, Nineteenth Century, and Twentieth Century

11-27 Apr