Sep 25, 2018  
Evening Division Fall 2017 
Evening Division Fall 2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EVDOL 026 — The Symphony: History and Development

Kendall Briggs
Like the concerto, the symphony has an extraordinary history. In its infancy, the sinfonia was a mere designation of instrumental music versus vocal music. Over time it evolved into the immense and magnificent structures of Berlioz, Bruckner, and Mahler. This course examines the symphony’s development, beginning with its earliest incarnations and continuing into the 21st century, introducing students to both popular and lesser-known symphonies throughout history. The course discusses the structure of the symphony as it changed over time through examining scores and historical documents. Instrumentation and its progression from very small ensembles to full orchestras is also explored, including when certain instruments were added, along with their role and function throughout history. This is a yearlong course; students may enter in either semester. The ability to read music and follow scores is highly recommended.

13 weeks per semester
Tuesday 6 – 7:30 pm
September 19 – December 12

$555 per semester

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