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MUS 186 — Three Great Viennese Composers: Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jan 17—Feb 14
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Jan 30
Unit: 1
Tuition: $305
Instructor(s): Nurit Jugend
Limit: 40
Status: Open
7:00—8:50 pm
Jan 17—Feb 14
5 weeks
Drop By
Jan 30
1 Unit
Nurit Jugend
Is it a coincidence that Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn, three of the greatest composers of all time, worked and lived in Vienna during the late 18th century? Hardly. Together, they defined one of the most important periods in the history of music—the classical period—and influenced generations of composers to come. Centuries later, audiences still see their compositions as the high-water mark of the classical tradition and remain awed by their prodigious output: Although he died at the age of thirty-five, Mozart composed more than 600 works. Beethoven almost single-handedly expanded the symphony and the sonata form and built a “bridge” from the classical to the romantic period. And Haydn, the “father of the string quartet,” wrote a record sixty-eight quartets.

In this course, students will get well acquainted with this trio of composers and the 18th-century Viennese context in which they composed their music. We will see how the musical styles of Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn had many features in common. But we will also come to appreciate their stylistic differences—the subtle qualities that gave each composer his own musical voice. Along the way, students will explore the musical forms these composers excelled in: sonata, rondo, string quartet, symphony, and concerto.

Nurit Jugend, Composer

Nurit Jugend has composed more than a dozen published works that have been performed and broadcast worldwide. She works internationally 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, which speaks to the power of music in our lives, hope, and human resilience. 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.