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MUS 08 — Five Great Composers: Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Stravinsky, and Gershwin

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jul 11—Aug 15
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 24
Unit: 1
Tuition: $310
Instructor(s): Nurit Jugend
Limit: 40
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on August 1
7:00—8:50 pm
Jul 11—Aug 15
5 weeks
Drop By
Jul 24
1 Unit
Nurit Jugend
Please Note: No class on August 1
This course offers a survey of five great composers who left an indelible mark on the development of classical music. They developed new musical styles, brought musical genres to their most refined form, contributed to the evolution of musical instruments and the expansion of orchestras, and sometimes rebelled against convention, creating important turning points in the development of classical music. Bach brought Baroque music to its highest level of complexity and sophistication; Beethoven’s demanding writing for the keyboard led to the development of the grand piano and contributed to the expansion of the symphonic orchestra; Gershwin melded the sounds of jazz and American popular songs with the Classical genres; Schubert brought word-painting to the highest level of sophistication with the Lied, while Stravinsky pushed the boundaries of musical design in all of its compositional layers.

Each class session will focus on one of these composers and their important works, with the goal being to help students develop an ear for each composer and his “musical signature.” Collectively, these class sessions will help students grasp how the musical aesthetics and stylistic qualities of these five composers contributed to the long-term development of classical music—from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods, through the 20th century.

Nurit Jugend, Composer

Nurit Jugend has composed more than a dozen published works that have been performed and broadcast worldwide. She works with leading orchestras and ensembles such as the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Jugend is the director and producer of the documentary film They Played for Their Lives. She received a PhD in music from Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.