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MUSIC 1B03 Western Music Hist:1820-1890

Academic Year: Fall 2015

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Andrew Mitchell


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 433

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24217

Office Hours: Mondays 1:30-2:30, Thursdays 1:30-2:30

Course Objectives:

In this course we will examine the history of Western European music from the early to the late nineteenth century.  In addition, significant time will be spent in this class on research and writing techniques in the field of music history.  The material will be presented through lectures, class discussions, weekly readings from the assigned textbook and weekly listening assignments from the assigned CD sets.  In addition students will be required to complete testing and a written assignment (essay).  All testing (except for the final exam) will take place during class time.

By the end of this course, students should

  • know main developments and be able to define terms relating to the history of the western European tradition (c. 1820-c. 1890)
  • recognize (both aurally and through score analysis) stylistic characteristics of various composers and periods within the era under study
  • aurally recognize specific compositions from the era under study
  • hone critical thinking, research and writing skills through class discussion and writing assignment

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Burkholder, J. Peter et al. A History of Western Music, 9th ed. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2014.   Includes access to listening materials.

Norton Anthology of Western Music, 7th ed.  Vol. 2. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2014.

Method of Assessment:

In-class Test #1 Fri. Oct. 2 20%
In-class Test #2 Fri. Nov. 6  20%
Essay Fri. Nov. 17 30%
Cumulative Final Exam TBA 30%


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Topics and Readings:

N.B. Details of this schedule may be changed throughout the duration of the course






Week 1  (Sept. 8, 10, 11)

Revolution and Change

pp. 560-570

NAWM 125, 126


Week 2  (Sept. 15, 17, 18)

Revolution and Change

pp. 577-583, 584-593

NAWM 127


Week 3 (Sept. 22, 24, 25)

Song and Piano Music

pp. 593-604

NAWM 128, 129, 130


Week 4  (Sept. 29, Oct. 1, 2)

Fri. Oct. 2 Test 1

Song and Piano Music

pp. 606-623

NAWM 134, 135, 136


Week 5  (Oct. 6, 8, 9)

Fri. Oct. 9 Essay Proposal Due

Orchestral, Chamber and Choral

pp. 624-639

NAWM 138, 139









Week  6 (Oct. 20, 22, 23)


Orchestral, Chamber and Choral

pp. 639-648, 651-52


NAWM 141, 143, 144


Week  7 (Oct. 27, 29, 30)


Opera and Musical Theatre to Midcentury

pp. 653-664, 666-670

NAWM 145, 147


Week  8 (Nov. 3, 5, 6)


Fri. Nov. 6 Test 2

German Opera

pp. 670-673, 683-685, 692-695

NAWM 148, 149


Week 10  (Nov. 10, 12, 13)



Later Nineteenth Century Opera

pp. 695-700, 703-712

NAWM 150, 152, 153


Week 11  (Nov. 17, 19, 20) Tues. Nov. 17 Essay Due

Late Romanticism: Germany and Austria

pp. 719-730 

NAWM 155, 156


Week 12  (Nov. 24, 26, 27)

Late Romanticism: Germany and Austria

pp. 730-739

NAWM 157, 158


Week 13 (Dec. 1, 3, 4)


Late Romanticism: Elsewhere

pp. 740-752

NAWM 159, 160


Week 14 (Dec. 8)










*Page numbers for readings indicate pages in the required textbook.  Chapters are indicated only for reference.  Students are encouraged to read entire textbook chapters to enrich their experience of the course, but only specific pages indicated are required material for testing.

**NAWM = Norton Anthology of Western Music (vol. 2).  The numbers indicated are the “item numbers” in the anthology, not page numbers.