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LIST OF MUSIC APPRECIATION/HISTORY COURSES TAUGHT

at the 92nd Street Y (or NYU) since 1984

 

(courses last twelve weeks, 100 minutes per session, unless otherwise indicated.) 

 

1. CLASSICAL MUSIC

SURVEY COURSES, 1700 – Present 

The Art of Listening: An Introduction to Music

Music Below the Surface: An Introduction to Music

The High Baroque, 1700-1750: Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Couperin, Telemann

The Classical Style, Part I: Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven

The Romantic Style: Schubert to Mahler

Music for Orchestra: The 18th Century

Music for Orchestra: Beethoven to The Rite of Spring

Music from 1825 to 1945: Schubert to Stravinsky

The 20th Century: Debussy to Glass

The Evolution of the Symphony: Haydn to Mahler

The Symphony After Mahler: Sibelius to Glass

The Living Composer

Music in the 1890's - Europe and America

Music in the 1910's - The Emergence of Modernism

Music of the 1920's - Europe and America (featuring 12 television programs created by Aaron Copland)

Music of the 1930's - Europe and America

Music of the 1940's - Europe and America

Leonard Bernstein's Omnibus Lectures Revisited, 1955-58 

Music of Our Time: 1960-2000 - America and Latin America (two consecutive semesters, 24 weeks) 

The Complete, "The Unanswered Question": Exploring Leonard Bernstein's Norton Lectures

Music in Times of Crisis

 

BAROQUE AND CLASSICAL PERIODS

The Keyboard Music of Johann Sebastian Bach

The 18th Century: Enlightenment to Revolution

Johann Sebastian Bach and His World (2 consecutive semesters, 20 weeks)

Haydn & Mozart – The Symphony

Haydn, Mozart and the Birth of the Quartet

Haydn Quartets

Haydn & Mozart: Trios, Quartets and Quintets

The “Complete” Mozart (3 consecutive semesters, 34 weeks)

Mozart Before Vienna: 1773-1781

Mozart in Vienna: 1781 to 1791

The “Complete” Beethoven (3 consecutive semesters, 34 weeks)

Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies

Beethoven: Chamber Music, Quartets and Sonatas

Piano Concertos of Mozart and Beethoven

           

ROMANTIC ERA

The Music of Franz Schubert: Classicist and Romantic

Frederic Chopin and the Romantic Era

Robert Schumann: Radical Modernist & Classicist

Schumann and Chopin: a 200th Birthday Celebration

Mendelssohn & Schumann – The Chamber Music

Johannes Brahms – Music for Orchestra

Johannes Brahms – Chamber Music, 1855-1870

Johannes Brahms – Chamber Music, 1871-1896

Music of Russia, Part I: Tchaikovsky & Mussorgsky

Music of Russia, Part II: Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich

The Complete Mahler (2 consecutive semesters, 24 weeks)

Music for Orchestra, 1805-1850: from Beethoven to Liszt

Music for Orchestra, 1850-1913: from Brahms to Stravinsky 

           

EUROPEAN MODERNISM

Benjamin Britten: 100th Birthday Celebration

The Isle of Joy: Music of Claude Debussy

The Music of Maurice Ravel: Incomparable Beauty

Erik Satie and the Birth of the Avant Garde

Birth of the Modern, Part I: Paris, 1889 to 1929       

Birth of the Modern, Part II: Vienna and Berlin, 1900 to 1934

The “Complete” Stravinsky (2 consecutive semesters, 24 weeks)

Bela Bartok: His Music and World

Music of England, Part I: Elgar, Delius & Vaughn-William

Music of England, Part II: Benjamin Britten, William Walton

Modern Beauty: 100 Years of Music for Dance

Music of Terezin: Ullman, Krasa, Haas, Klein & Berman (three-week mini-course)

The Chamber Music of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel

Seven Masterpieces from 1917: a 100th Anniversary

  

 

2. AMERICAN STUDIES

CLASSICAL SCENE

American Masters, Part I: 1890 to 1950, Ives to Copland

American Masters, Part II: 1950-2000, Bernstein to Adams

The American Composer Today

Gershwin at 100

Copland at 100

Music by Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein & the Jewish Experience

Copland & Bernstein at the Millenium

Music of Samuel Barber                                

The African-American Composer in America

Crossing Genres: 1990-2010

The “Minimalists” – Riley, Reich, Glass, Adams, etc…

Music from Latin America – 20th Century

American Music Comes of Age  The Concert  Hall: 1920-1950

 

JAZZ

Louis Armstrong: From New Orleans Style to Modern Master

Jazz, Part I, The Birth of Jazz: Joplin to Armstrong

Jazz, Part II, Swing & the Rise of Modern Jazz: From Duke to Bird

Jazz, Part III, Bebop and Beyond: From Dizzy to Miles

Jazz, Part IV, From Coltrane to Marsalis

Jazz, the Composers: Joplin to Marsalis

Ellington at 100

Ellington in the Concert Hall: The Suites

Jazz in the Concert Hall – from Europe to America

The Jazz Concept Album, Parts I & II

Five Giants of Jazz: Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Wayne Shorter

 

POPULAR SONG

The Blues: W.C. Handy to Muddy Waters

American Song: Stephen Foster to the Present

American Song, Part I, 1830 to 1920 

American Song, Part II: 1920 to 1945 

American Song, Part III: The Rise of Rock and Roll: 1945 to 1970

American Roots Music: The Song of Rural America

Bob Dylan

American Song: The Singer-Songwriter, Part I

American Song: The Singer-Songwriter, Part II

American Song: Women Songwriters

From Spirituals to Soul: The Rise of Soul Music

Blowin' in the Wind: Politics & Song, American Style

The Concept Album

The Beatles

The Beatles After The Beatles – The Solo Careers

Love in Song: Love, Lust & Sexual Politics in Song since Stephen Foster

Bob Dylan & Paul Simon at 70: Forever Young

A Birthday Celebration: Carole King, Brian Wilson, Joni Mitchell & Randy Newman @ 70 

Four Essential Songwriters: Leonard Cohen, Laura Nyro, Neil Young & James Taylor

Bob Dylan at 75

Paul Simon at 75

It Was 50 Years Ago Today: 1967 in Context, Album as Art and Top 40 Radio


THEATER

George Gershwin’s Musicals: The Road to Porgy and Bess

The American Musical as Opera – from Porgy to Rent

Music for the Theatre: The American Musical and the 20th Century

Gershwin at 100

Sondheim at 85

The Theater of Leonard Bernstein: from Fancy Free and On the Town to Mass and The White House Cantata

The Theater of Stephen Sondheim (two semesters, 20 weeks)

Kurt Weill at 100

Weill & Sondheim: Modernists in the Theatre

The Cradle Will Rock: Politics and the American Musical Theater