MUSI 112 - Lecture 20 - The Colossal Symphony: Beethoven, Berlioz, Mahler and Shostakovich

Lecture 20 - The Colossal Symphony: Beethoven, Berlioz, Mahler and Shostakovich

Overview

The history and development of the symphony is the topic of this lecture. Professor Wright leads the students from Mozart to Mahler, discussing the ways in which the genre of symphonic music changed throughout the nineteenth century, as well as the ways in which the make-up of the symphony orchestra itself evolved during this period. The changes in the nature of orchestral music are contextualized within the broader historical changes taking place in Europe in the nineteenth century. The lecture is supplemented with musical excerpts drawn from Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Wagner, and Mahler.

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Special thanks to Naxos, LLC for providing recordings from the Naxos Music Library for use in connection with the Open Yale Courses publication of Craig Wright's Listening to Music course. For specific credits, see:

Assignment

Wright, Craig. Listening to Music, Ch. 22, 24, 29-30, 34

Chinese edition: trans. Li and Yu, Ch. 22, 24, 30

 

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