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MUSIC 1AA3 Intro:History Of Music II

Academic Year: Winter 2018

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Lara Housez


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 416

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 27671

Office Hours: Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30pm

Course Objectives:

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.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

  • Mark Evan Bonds, Revel for Listen to This, 4th edition. Toronto: Pearson, 2018. You may purchase the textbook and Revel access code, or the Revel access code alone, which contains a full eText.
  • We will be using Top Hat ( You will be able to submit answers to in-class questions using Apple or Android smartphones and tablets, laptops, or through text message.
    • You can visit Top Hat Overview ( within the Top Hat Success Center, which outlines how you will register for a Top Hat account, as well as providing a brief overview to get you up and running on the system.
    • An email invitation will be sent to you by email, but if you do not receive this email, you can register by simply visiting: https://app/ Note our join code is 930435.
    • Top Hat will require a paid subscription; a full breakdown of all subscription options can be found at:
    • Should you require assistance with Top Hat at any time, please contact the Top Hat Support Team directly by email (, the in-app support button, or by calling 1-888-663-5491.

Method of Assessment:

Test #1 on Music of the Classical era (31 January) 25%

Test #2 on Music of the Nineteenth Century (12 March) 25%

Weekly quizzes (using Top Hat) 15%

Final Exam (date TBA) 35%

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Alternate test dates will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. In such cases, appropriate documentation may be required. If none is provided, then students will risk forfeiting the mark for the course requirement.

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Topics and Readings:



8 Jan


10 Jan

The Elements of Music: A Brief Introduction

12 Jan

15 Jan

Intro to the Classical Era (see Part 4)

17 Jan

Joseph Haydn, String Quartet in C Major, op. 76, no. 3, 2nd movement (mvt)

19 Jan

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

22 Jan

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550, 1st mvt

24 Jan

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

26 Jan

Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro, Act I, “Cosa sento”

29 Jan

William Billings, “Chester” and Review

31 Jan

TEST #1 on Elements of Music and Music of the Classical Era

2 Feb

Intro to the Nineteenth Century (see Part 5)

5 Feb

Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, op. 67

7 Feb

Franz Schubert, “Erlkönig,” D. 328

9 Feb

Felix Mendelssohn, Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream

12 Feb

Hector Berlioz, Symphonie fantastique, 4th mvt. (“March to the Scaffold”)

14 Feb

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Piano trio in D Minor, op. 11, 3rd mvt

and Clara Wieck Schumann, “Forward!”

16 Feb

Frédéric Chopin, Mazurka in B-flat, op. 7, no. 1

19-23 February: MID-TERM RECESS

26 Feb

Giuseppe Verdi, La Traviata, Act I, selection

28 Feb,

2 Mar


5 Mar

Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, op. 98, finale

7 Mar

Antonin Dvořák, String Quartet in F Major, op. 96 (“American”)

9 Mar


12 Mar

TEST #2 on Music of the Nineteenth Century

14 Mar

Intro to the Twentieth Century (see Part 6)

16 Mar

Claude Debussy, Voiles

19 Mar

Charles Ives, The Unanswered Question

21 Mar

Arnold Schoenberg, “Columbine” from Pierrot lunaire

23 Mar

Igor Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring, Part One

26 Mar

Aaron Copland, “Hoe-Down” from Rodeo

28 Mar

Leonard Bernstein, “Tonight” from West Side Story

2 Apr

Philip Glass, “Knee Play 1” from Einstein on the Beach

4, 6, 9 Apr

Review of the Elements of Music, Classical Era, Nineteenth Century, and Twentieth Century

11-26 Apr