Contemporary Era Classes

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September 21

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Brief history of music from c. 1000-1859. Works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt and Wagner exhibiting the breakdown of the tonal system. Analysis of Mozart K. 465, Adagio (Introduction).     

 2h 44min 50s 

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September  26      

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Wagner and reactions, Germanic and French: Deceptive cadences in Tristan und Isolde (1857-59) and Parsifal, then Mahler and Strauss, Satie and early Debussy.    

1h 58min 47s

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September 28      

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Debussy: Prelude, Chansons de Bilitis, Nocturnes. Post-Wagnerian chromaticism (Wolf and early Schoenberg), bi-tonality and tone-painting in Strauss. Verismo: Puccini’s La Bohème. Ravel. Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. Analysis of Puccini.  

2h 17min 15s

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October 3      

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Puccini’s Tosca. Whole-tone harmonies, etc.: Debussy and Ravel music for piano. Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder and early songs. Ives in America. Debussy’s Pelleas et Melisande. Analysis of Debussy.    

3h 4min 40s

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October 5      

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What is uncompromised? Debussy’s Pelleas compared to Schoenberg’s: French and German sensibilities. Classical vs. Romantic. Ives’s Holidays Symphonies. French transparency and color: Ravel and Debussy. Delius. Strauss’s Salomé. Analysis of Debussy.      

3h 3min 28s

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October 10      

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Leaving tonality. Early Second Viennese School. Harmonic experiments: Wagner, Satie, Schoenberg. Folk music as material: Vaughn-Williams. Superimposition and clusters in Ives. Scriabin and Bartok. African influence in Debussy. Early Webern. Analysis of Debussy and Stravinsky.    [stream]  [download]      

2h 53min 44s

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October 12      

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Mahler’s “Farewell” to tonality. Atonality and expressionism in Schoenberg. Analysis of Schoenberg, discussion about teaching, school, philosophy of Antioch.    [stream]  [download]

2h 52min 41s

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October 17      

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Atonal music of Schoenberg, Webern, Berg. Presentation of Büchner (looking forward to Berg’s Wozzeck). Stravinsky ballets, Mussorgsky. Analysis of Berg, Schoenberg.    [stream]  [download]

3h 10min 32s

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October 19      

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Diaghilev ballets: Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloë, Debussy’s Jeux. Sibelius. Cadences in Wagner and Debussy. Webern Op. 10. Figurative to abstract painting: Kandinsky, Mondrian. Schoenberg’s Op. 20 and 21 (Pierrot Lunaire).      

1h 40min 46s

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October 24      

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Continuation of Pierrot Lunaire. Ravel and Stravinsky songs. Continuing with Berg, Webern, Schoenberg. Analysis of Berg.      

3h 4min 18s

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October 26  

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Schoenberg’s last “atonal” work. Late Scriabin. Debussy piano music and late sonatas. Ravel piano music and orchestrated versions. Neoclassicism: Prokofiev. Spanish nationalism: De Falla. Debussy’s Spanish “Iberia.” Stravinsky, Satie. Janacek. Kodaly and Bartok. Analysis of Wozzeck.      3h 23min 2s

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October 31

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Berg’s Wozzeck. Schoenberg’s first twelve-tone pieces, opp. 23-26. Hindemith. Analysis of Schoenberg.      3h 7min 31s

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November 2      

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1920s: Hindemith. “Les Six”: Milhaud, Honegger. Varese in America. Young Shostakovich. Neoclassical Stravinsky, “return to Bach,” Symphony of Psalms. Schoenberg Satires. Bartok Violin Sonatas, Piano Sonata. Analysis of Berg.      3h 6min 21s

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November 7       

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Bartok Piano Concertos, 3rd and 4th Quartets. Berg, incl. Lyric Suite. Webern Lieder. Schoenberg 3rd Quartet. What it means to be an American, etc. Analysis of Bartok, Berg.

3h 25min 51s

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November 9      

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Schoenberg’s Variations for Orchestra Op. 31, Von Heute auf Morgen, Moses und Aron. Detailed presentation of Berg’s Lulu.      

2h 38min 53s

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November 14      

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Webern’s Symphony Op. 21. Early Messiaen. Hindemith’s “Mathis der Maler.” Berg’s Lulu and Violin Concerto. Webern Opp. 22-27. Schoenberg’s 4th Str. Quartet. Bartok’s 5th Quartet and more. Italian radio in the 1950s-60s. Analysis of Bartok.      

2h 3min 18s

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November 16      

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Continuing with Bartok. Stravinsky (still neoclassical). Early Dallapiccola. Webern’s Kantata no. 1, Variations Op. 30, Kantata no. 2. Analysis of Bartok.      

3h14min 32s

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November 19      

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Talk about Webern (Op. 30 & 31 again). Early-middle / middle Dallapiccola: Songs of the Prisoner, Greek Lyrics, The Prisoner. Messiaen 1940s.      

2h 18min 28s

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November 21      

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Messiaen. Schoenberg’s String Trio, last works. Stravinsky’s last neoclassical works, then Webern-influenced music (1950s). Boulez 1946-55. Analysis of Webern.      

3h 41min 33s

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November 28      

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Listening Quiz. Dallapiccola: Machado Lyrics, Annalibera’s Musical Notebook, Songs of the Liberation, Goethe Lieder. Compendium of early Musique Concrète, then Electronic Music by Boulez and Stockhausen. Early Nono. The inner versus the external ear. Analysis of Webern Op. 21.      

3h 18min 16s

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November 30      

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Italian composers: Nono, Berio, Maderna. Stockhausen 1952-60. Barraqué. Varèse’s Deserts. Boulez’s Le Marteau sans Maître. Pousseur, Xenakis. Talk about individuation, Jung, John Cage and will. Analysis of Webern.      

3h 42min 59s

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December 5      

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Criticisms of Xenakis, then back to Messiaen: 1953-1964. Discussion of false octaves. Dallapiccola mid-late 1950s. Nono late 1950s-early 60s works, including Il Canto Sospeso and Intolleranza. Berio same time. Stockhausen, Pousseur, Kagel, Maderna. Boulez’s Pli selon pli. Analysis of Dallapiccola.      

3h 43min 9s

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last class     

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Boulez’s Pli selon pli. Poland during the 1950s, Ligeti. Nono 1960s-70s. Stockhausen same time. Small excepts from Scelsi and Japanese composers. Lastly, Berio, followed by a listening exam. Afterward, we hear an old recording of Ronsheim directing high school students playing Poulenc, then Antioch students performing Dallapiccola and Webern. Ends with more listening tests.      

3h 13min 54s

 

67h 50min total

 

 

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