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Fisher Center

Undergraduate Program

Music History

In addition to the four-semester Conservatory seminar, a two-semester survey of music from the middle ages to the present day is required. This course, "Literature and Language of Music", is a survey of selected works, ranging (in the first semester) from Gregorian chants in the Middle Ages to the early works of Beethoven (around 1800). The second semester surveys music from Beethoven to the present day. All works are placed in a broad historical context, with specific focus on stylistic and compositional traits. In addition, musical terminology, composers, and historical and theoretical methodology are described in relationship to the repertoire.