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Music History Resources

New Class Time This Spring: Thursdays 6 PM

Syllabus 8D Spring 2015

Text: A History of Western Music. Peter Burkholder (2014)

Youtube Videos in Historical Categories (work in progress)

Early 20th Century Videos

The Second Viennese School

Modernism and Mainstream

Post War Currents

1970’s to Today


Read the Chapters: 31-32 (8th and 9th editions)

Early Twentieth Century Study Guide

Links for Listening Midterm:

  1. A.) Tenth Symphony (Gustav Mahler)
  2. B.) Salome (Richard Strauss)
  3. C.) Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (Claude Debussy)
  4. D.) Brouillards (Claude Debussy)
  5. E.) String Quartet (Claude Debussy)
  6. F.) Ondine (Maurice Ravel)
  7. G.) Daphnis et Chloé (Maurice Ravel)
  8. H.) El Amor Brujo (Manuel de Falla)
  9. I.) The Planets (Gustav Holst)
  10. J.) Glagolithic Mass (Leos Janacek)
  11. K.) Finlandia (Jean Sibelius)
  12. L.) Vers la Flamme (Alexander Scriabin)
  13. M.) Prelude in G Minor (Sergei Rachmaninov)
  14. N.) Dessicated Embryos (Eric Satie)
  15. O.) Pierrot Lunaire (Arnold Schoenberg)
  16. P.) Suite for Piano, Op. 25 (Arnold Schoenberg)
  17. Q.) Wozzeck (Alban Berg)
  18. R.) Symphonie, Op. 21 (Anton Webern)
  19. S.) Rite of Spring (Igor Stravinsky)
  20. T.) Symphony of Psalms (Igor Stravinsky)
  21. U.) The Flood (Igor Stravinsky)
  22. V.) Etude #2, Op. 18 (Béla Bartók)
  23. W.)Music for Strings Percussion and Celesta (Béla Bartók)
  24. X.) Like a Sick Eagle (Charles Ives)
  25. Y.) Symphony No. 4, 2nd Mvt. (Charles Ives)

Links for Listening Final: 

  1. A.) Gloria (Francis Poulenc)
  2. B.) Mathis der Maler (Paul Hindemith)
  3. C.) Carmina Burana (Carl Orff)
  4. D.) Symphony No. 5 (Sergei Prokofiev)
  5. E.) Lady Macbeth from Mtsenk (Dmitri Shostakovich)
  6. F.) Choro No. 1 (Heitor Villa-Lobos)
  7. G.) Ionisation (Edgar Varèse)
  8. H.) White Moon (Ruth Crawford Seeger)
  9. I.) An American in Paris (George Gershwin)
  10. J.) El Salon Mexico (Aaron Copland)
  11. K.) Poem for Orchestra (William Grant Still)
  12. L.) Quartet for the End of Time (Olivier Messiaen)
  13. M.) War Requiem (Benjamin Britten)
  14. N.) Sonata II for prepared Piano (John Cage)
  15. O.) Le marteau sans maitre (Pierre Boulez)
  16. P.) Philomel (Milton Babbitt)
  17. Q.) Sinfonia (Luciano Berio)
  18. R.) String Quartet No.2 (Elliott Carter)
  19. S.) Spirit Garden (Toru Takemitsu)
  20. T.) Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima (Krzysztof Penderecki)
  21. U.) Atmospheres (Györgi Ligeti)
  22. V.) Ancient Voices of Children (George Crumb)
  23. W.) Music for Large Ensemble (Steve Reich)
  24. X.) Nixon in China (John Adams)
  25. Y.) Symphony No. 1 (Ellen Taaffe Zwillich)

Further Reading:

Western Music in Context (series of six books by W.W. Norton & Co.)

Source Readings in Music History. Oliver Strunk/Leo Treitler (1998)

Women Composers

Composers of African Descent

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