Wagner Course
Mar
30
May 18

Wagner Course

This course will examine the most controversial and multifaceted of composers.

Twentieth Century Music
Feb
24
Apr 13

Twentieth Century Music

  • Newberry Library

Twentieth-century music is no longer “contemporary” music; it has become yet another complex and multifaceted notch along the continuum of musical history. We can now examine with reasonable objectivity the influence and permanence of a diverse range of composers...

Bach and Handel.
Oct
8
Dec 3

Bach and Handel.

  • Gleacher Center

Exact contemporaries, Johan Sebastian Bach and George Frederick Handel (both born in 1685) represent the pinnacle of Baroque art. Thursday mornings. Syllabus

Masterpieces That Changed the World
Jul
18
10:00 am10:00

Masterpieces That Changed the World

  • Gleacher Center, University of Chicago

This daylong seminar examines musical masterpieces that transformed western music and will include compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Wagner, Debussy, and others. Works are explored in terms of cultural context and influence, and will be presented via live performance, CD, and DVD. Syllabus

Russian Masters
Jun
25
Aug 13

Russian Masters

We will highlight the flamboyant and coloristic compositional techniques of Borodin and Rimsky-Korsakov,  the elegance and craftsmanship of Tchaikovsky, and the prescient modernism of Mussorgsky with due attention to the beloved virtuoso performance tradition. Download the syllabus

Beethoven and Schubert: The Sonatas and Quartets
Jun
23
Aug 11

Beethoven and Schubert: The Sonatas and Quartets

For Beethoven, the sonata was his laboratory or workshop. It was the genre in which he experimented with his most audacious and original ideas, while the quartet decisively marks the culmination of each of his “three periods.” Schubert’s sonatas and quartets express his utterly complementary character in regard to Beethoven. Download Syllabus

The Great Virtuosos and the Romantic Concertos
Apr
2
May 21

The Great Virtuosos and the Romantic Concertos

  • Gleacher Center, University of Chicago

The swashbuckling careers of Liszt, Rubenstein, Louis Moreau, Gottschalk, and Paganini will be placed in the context of the evolution of the virtuoso concerto. Modern-era virtuosos such as Vladimir Horowitz will also be included, as will obscure and contemporary concertos. Syllabus.

Schubert and Mahler
Mar
31
May 19

Schubert and Mahler

  • Gleacher Center, University of Chicago

This course examines these two composers’ reflections on death, eternity, and redemption in their monumental symphonies and song cycles. Syllabus

Nationalist Traditions in Music
Jan
15
Mar 5

Nationalist Traditions in Music

  • Gleacher Center

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

The String Quartet: A History
Jan
13
Mar 3

The String Quartet: A History

  • Gleacher Center

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

Fin de Siècle Vienna and Berlin
Oct
2
Nov 20

Fin de Siècle Vienna and Berlin

  • Gleacher Center

Vienna and Berlin constituted a veritable maelstrom of ideologies in the era following the Franco-Prussian War. From the café culture of Vienna to the cynicism of Brecht and Weill’s Berlin, these two cities represent the culmination—and, ultimately, the decadence and destruction—of an entire European culture. Syllabus | Register Online

French and Spanish Masters
Sep
30
Nov 18

French and Spanish Masters

  • Gleacher Center

The French classical tradition is one of the world's most enduring, from 10th-century Notre Dame polyphony to postwar modernism, while the Spanish tradition offers a rich diversity of Arabic and European influences. Download Syllabus | Register

Shostakovich (1 day)
Jul
26
10:00 am10:00

Shostakovich (1 day)

  • Gleacher Center

A remarkable prodigy who lived during the dangerous political climate of the Stalinist era, Shostakovich crafted a paradoxical style where searing emotional intensity coexisted with politically motivated or mandated paradigms. This class will place his music in context with analysis, lecture, and listening, and personal, literary, and journalistic sources. Syllabus

The Great Virtuosos and Romantic Concertos
Jun
17
Aug 5

The Great Virtuosos and Romantic Concertos

  • Graham School of Continuing Studies

The swashbuckling careers of Liszt, Rubinstein, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, and Paganini will be placed in the context of the evolution of the virtuoso concerto. Modern-era virtuosos such as Vladamir Horowitz will also be included, as will obscure and contemporary concertos.

Late Beethoven Course
Apr
1
May 27

Late Beethoven Course

  • Gleacher Center

In addition to the music itself, we will focus on the sociological, political, and philosophical interactions between Beethoven’s work and the turbulent events of his era, such as the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars.

Schumann
Jan
9
Feb 27

Schumann

  • Graham School of General Studies

Schumann laid the foundation for modern music through formal innovation, poetic and literary association, and a fantastical sense of the irrational and the subconscious. Syllabus.

8 Operas That Changed The World
Jan
7
Feb 25

8 Operas That Changed The World

  • Gleacher Center

Each session in this course examines one crucial operatic masterpiece that transformed western music.