Compact and homogeneous, expressive and versatile, the string quartet is the preferred chamber music of composers from Haydn (who invented it as a genre) to the current day. Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Wolf, Janáček, Bartók, and Berg’s quartets will be examined. Syllabus
This course focuses on the national traditions often omitted in standard musical survey courses. We will introduce the English and closely-related Scandinavian tradition, and the Eastern European tradition of the Czech, Polish and Hungarian masters. Syllabus
Works by Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, and Bizet are explored, together with cultural context and influence as time permits. Works are presented via piano, CD, and DVD.