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MUS 179 — Four Great Composers: Mahler, Haydn, Ravel, and Beach

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 4 weeks
Date(s): Jul 21—Aug 11
Time: 6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jul 23
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $285
Instructor(s): Nurit Jugend
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Jul 21—Aug 11
4 weeks
Refund Date
Jul 23
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Nurit Jugend
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
This course offers a survey of four composers who created important turning points in the development of classical music. They developed new musical styles, refined musical genres, contributed to the evolution of musical instruments and the orchestra, and sometimes rebelled against convention.

Joseph Haydn (1732–1809) was known for his humorous personality and music. He is often called the “father” of the symphony, the piano trio, and the string quartet. Gustav Mahler (1860–1911), one of our best-known composers in the Romantic style, stretched the boundaries of music aesthetics in harmony, melody, instrumentation, dynamics, and more. Mahler also wrote some of the longest symphonies ever created.

Maurice Ravel (1875–1937) is mostly known for Boléro, but also wrote piano solos, chamber music, and music for ballet, voice, and orchestra. Like Claude Debussy, Ravel represented the aesthetics and ideals of the impressionist style in his approach to harmony, scales, and musical form. Amy Beach (1867–1944) was one of the first American women to achieve fame as a composer, and was also an acclaimed piano soloist. Her music blends a unique American Classical style with Western European aesthetic influences and Irish tunes inherited from her ancestors.

Each class session will focus on one of these composers and their important works. Students will develop an ear for each composer’s musical signature and will learn how each contributed to the development of classical music, from the classical and Romantic periods to the 20th century.

Composer; Filmmaker

Nurit Jugend has composed more than a dozen published works that have been performed and broadcast worldwide. She works with leading orchestras and ensembles. Jugend 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.